Art gallery gets support

This is the fourth in a monthly series featuring the charities and nonprofits recognized by Penticton’s 100 Women Who Care. Four times a year, the group meets to award three local charities a monetary grant.

The Penticton Art Gallery was recognized by 100 Women Who Care in June, along with Citizens on Patrol and the Alzheimers Association.

The gallery was given $500 by the group.

"It' means the world to us," said curator Paul Crawford. "It's incredible that there are groups in the community that see the value in what we do."

The gallery has had many incarnations since starting in the late 1950s and early 1960s, but became a registered charitable society in 1973.

First and foremost it offers artistic programming, with many exhibitions dealing with important issues.

There is also programming for adults, such as the Kitchen Stove Film Series and Topics & Tea and extensive programming for children including school tours.

To provide the programming it relies on both grant money and other fund-raising.

"After we receive grant money we still need to generate about $250,000 a year to cover the costs and expenses to provide our unique and important services to the community," said administrator Brigitte Liapis. 

To do that they hold fund-raisers and rely heavily on donations.

"We work very hard on our fund-raising," she said. "The rest is met by individual donations that we gratefully receive."


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