Gallery of Honour inductees inspire Quesnel residents

Community Arts Council and Art Gallery host packed event

Jean Speare collects her award at the Gallery of Honour presentation on Feb. 2, hosted by the Quesnel and District Community Arts Council and the Quesnel Art Gallery. Jeff Dinsdale spoke eloquently on all of Speare’s accomplishments as an author, poet, historian and journalist, and as a supporter of the arts at the reception, in front of a crowd of around 50.

Artist Vi Martens and museum and heritage manager Elizabeth Hunter spoke on the accomplishments of Posthumous Award recipient Branwen Patenaude, a Quesnel artist, writer and volunteer.

Finally, artist Joan Ramsay Harker presented the opening of the Quesnel Art Gallery’s February show, Art – It’s in Our Nature, and guests were invited to peruse the works with refreshments in hand.

Melanie Law photo


Pat Wahlstrom, left, Vi Martens and Elizabeth Hunter accept the Posthumous Award for Branwen Patenaude at the Gallery of Honour presentation on Feb. 2. Patenaude was nominated for her work as an artist, writer, historian and volunteer. Melanie Law photo

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