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Date: February 09, 2004

UVic presents the Williams legacy: contemporary art of the Pacific Northwest

—March 8 – 19, Pendulum Gallery (HSBC Building), Vancouver—

More than 30 major items from the vast fine art collection given to the University of Victoria by the late Dr. Michael Collard Williams will be shown in Vancouver for the first time next month.

The public exhibition—beginning March 8 and continuing through March 19 at the Pendulum Gallery (HSBC Building) —will include works by many of B.C.’s most significant artists, including:
  • *“Blue Sky” Pierre Trudeau portrait by Myfanwy Pavelic (oil on canvas)
  • *“Hockey Owl” by Jack Shadbolt (acrylic on canvas)
  • “Sturgeon Women” by Susan Point (acrylic on canvas)
  • “Olympic Mountains from the Point” by Toni Onley (watercolour)
  • “Two Girls” by Maxwell Bates (oil on canvas)
  • “Untitled (Rural Road, Cowichan)” by Max Maynard (oil on board)
  • Haisla mortar and pestle, Kitimat village, ca. 1700
Williams died in 2000, leaving almost all of his $17-million estate to UVic, including property and an eclectic mix of contemporary art, First Nations artifacts, and antiques. Coming from England in 1958, Williams started as a sheep farmer before turning his attention to real estate and leading successful commercial heritage restoration projects in Victoria’s Old Town district.

Nicholas Tuele, former curator of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, says that “if there is a focus to (Williams’) contemporary art collection it is no more nor less than ‘made in British Columbia.’” Williams sought out the work of established artists but also supported several emerging artists, including UVic graduates Brad Pasutti and Glenn Howarth whose work will also be shown in Vancouver. Williams was granted an honorary UVic doctorate of laws in 1990.

The Williams Legacy: Contemporary Art of the Pacific Northwest will be open daily except Sunday from March 8 to 19 (from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon. to Wed.; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thurs. and Fri; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat.) at the Pendulum Gallery (HSBC Building), 885 W. Georgia. Admission is free.

View the exhibit online at http://maltwood.uvic.ca/mcwvancouver/index.html.

*High-resolution images of “Blue Sky” and “Hockey Owl” are available on request.

Media contacts:
Mike McNeney (UVic Alumni Communications) at (250) 721-7642 or cel (250) 213-1775

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