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Emily Carr Statue
Victoria, British Columbia
Gabereau to MC at Emily Carr Unveiling Set for Oct.13th
(Includes program of events in Victoria)
11 October 2010
Contact: Virginia Watson-Rouslin at (250)656-5692 or email@example.com.
PARKS AND RECREATION FOUNDATION OF VICTORIA
Victoria’s beloved Emily Carr has arrived back home on the grounds of the Empress Hotel. That is, “Our Emily,” the monument crafted by sculptor Barbara Paterson, has arrived by truck from the Calgary foundry to her spot on the corner of Government and Belleville streets. Unveiling ceremonies to honour Victoria’s beloved painter and writer begin at 1:30 pm Wednesday, October 13th. The public is invited to attend.
It’s been ten years since the idea of a suitable monument to Carr was suggested to Paterson. She began making sketches, but the funding went nowhere. It wasn’t until the Parks and Recreation Foundation of Victoria took up the cause in 2008 that significant donations materialized. “Finding these kinds of dollars during the economic downturn was never easy,” says Ann Geddes, President of the Foundation. “But we never lost hope that we’d find enough people and corporations who would help us honour Emily Carr,” she says. Early in the campaign, the Empress came on board, donating prime real estate for the site in perpetuity and the Times Colonist was the media sponsor, donating ad space that resulting in more than $50,000 in donations from around Canada.
Paterson, known for her monuments to the Famous 5 suffragettes on Parliament Hill and in Calgary, has created a remarkable tribute to Carr in bronze that features the painter on a rock with her sketchpad in hand, her monkey ”Woo” on her shoulder and faithful dog “Billie” by her side.
In addition to Paterson unveiling “Our Emily,” The Wednesday festivities will include:
Also on hand for the celebrations:
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