Art is on sale at Vernon's Towne Theatre to raise money for the Bringing Home Sveva Project

Art for Sveva

What better way to raise money for Vernon's best-known artist than to sell art.

Caetani Centre volunteer Wanda Fisher has organized an art sale at the Towne Theatre to raise money for the Bringing Home Sveva Project.

“All of Sveva’s Recapitulation painting series was returned from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts in 2021 to the Caetani Centre. Part of the series is currently being shown in the centre’s small gallery. The project has been put in place to preserve the works for future generations,” Fisher said.

To raise money for the project, numerous pieces of art adorn the historic theatre and Fisher said a portion of proceeds from art sales will go to the centre.

“I thought seeing as how the fundraiser was all about art, we should involve the art community,” Fisher said of the art show and sale.

To purchase a piece of art, inform Towne Theatre staff, who will then get in touch with the Caetani Centre.

The documentary Sveva Imprisoned will be shown the Towne Theatre on Nov. 16, which is also a fundraiser for the Caetani Centre, Sveva Caetani's former home. The centre is now operated as a museum and artist-in-residency space.

The documentary follows the story of Sveva’s emergence as a respected teacher, mentor and artist despite the hardships she endured after her father died in 1935.

Brought to Vernon from Italy by her parents when she was three years old, Sveva was eventually withdrawn from society due to her mother’s grief and mental illness. Secluded from the world, Sveva was not allowed to leave her Vernon home unaccompanied for 25 years.

After her mother's passing, Sveva emerged as a celebrated artist.

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