Province acquires 45 pieces for art bank

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Works purchased from new and established artists

The 2009 Art Bank Collection selection process has been completed, with 45 new works added to the provincial collection. The artwork is supported and cared for through The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery.

The 45 additions mean a total of 2,730 art pieces have been purchased through the provincial government Art Bank Collection program.

Left, Shawn Rumbolt's "Toby's Journey," sinew, soapstone, moose antler. Right, James Shebib, "Boil Order," pastel on paper. - Submitted photos

The 2009 Art Bank Collection selection process has been completed, with 45 new works added to the provincial collection. The artwork is supported and cared for through The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery.

The 45 additions mean a total of 2,730 art pieces have been purchased through the provincial government Art Bank Collection program.

The program invests $125,000 annually into acquiring works by Newfoundland and Labrador artists for exhibition and preservation.

The latest additions include: 26 paintings, drawings or works on paper; eight prints, two photographic works, four sculptures, three textile pieces, one ceramic piece and one glasswork.

Mixed media

The pieces range from a sculpture from Kevin Coates titled "Tom's Twine Shed," to a digital photograph by Jacob Fergus titled "Route 1: Corner Brook to Port aux Basques, to an acrylic and permanent marker creation on canvas by Jennifer Barrett entitled "San Diego Flamingos."

A complete list is available at: www.thetelegram.com and through The Rooms.

"We have an incredible number of talented visual artists in Newfoundland and Labrador," Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation Terry French said in a news release.

"Through the Art Bank Program, emerging and established visual artists have their work recognized, promoted, and showcased in public buildings throughout Newfound-land and Labrador.

The program also contributes to the professional development and economic success of artists, and increases the public's awareness of the importance of the arts in our daily lives."

The selection jury for the Art Bank program is made of five members of the arts community, each representing a region of the province.

afitzpatrick@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Art Bank Collection

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Corner Brook, Port aux Basques San Diego Newfound

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