News

Victoria artist donates $2.5 million to art gallery

Victoria-based artist Anthony Thorn poses with one of his paintings. On Monday, Thorn donated $2.5 million to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, representing its largest cash donation on record. - Photo by Vivanne J. Norman
Victoria-based artist Anthony Thorn poses with one of his paintings. On Monday, Thorn donated $2.5 million to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, representing its largest cash donation on record.
— image credit: Photo by Vivanne J. Norman

A Oak Bay-based artist is donating $2.5 million to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria to spur on the gallery’s renovation.

Anthony Thorn, an accomplished Canadian artist best known for using precious metals to create paintings and carvings, was inspired to donate after reading a Victoria News article on the gallery’s decision to redevelop its Moss Street facility rather than move downtown.

“This is the biggest contribution to cultural infrastructure in Victoria in many years,” said Jon Tupper, gallery director, adding the cash donation is the largest ever to the gallery.

The gallery plans to roll out a formal fundraising campaign for the redevelopment in the coming months, said Ruth Wittenberg, board chair. “This gift allows us to move forward with confidence,” she said. “We are extremely grateful to Anthony for his support.”

Thorn’s works are part of corporate and public collections across Canada, including at the AGGV and Greater Victoria Public Library.

Thorn was too unwell to attend Monday’s announcement, but in a release said the donation is also in memory of his late wife, Jacqueline Goldman.

dpalmer@vicnews.com

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Flu vaccine less effective against mutant strain
 
Thrifty vitamin department bigger, brighter
 
West Coast Wild: Reach for the stars
Looking Back November 19
 
ELECTION 2014: Alberni votes for change
 
Coulsons upgrade their firefighting fleet
Quinn-tessential Bachand
 
The Week — Nov. 10
 
Another drug home busted in Maple Ridge

Community Events, November 2014

Add an Event


Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Nov 21 edition online now. Browse the archives.