A Smithers Art Gallery patron peruses an exhibition by Mark Thibeault. (Art Gallery photo)

A Smithers Art Gallery patron peruses an exhibition by Mark Thibeault. (Art Gallery photo)

Art Gallery receives infrastructure grant

The $11,850 provincial funding will be used to purchase portable walls to increase display space

The Smithers Art Gallery has long hoped to have more wall space and now it will.

On Jan. 22, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport announced Smithers was among the first recipients of its new Arts Infrastructure Program.

The gallery received a grant of $11,850 with which it will buy 18 to 20 feet of portable walls for up to 288 to 320 square feet of additional display area.

“We’re excited to order and install the new moveable walls to offer larger, more diverse and dynamic exhibitions,” said Nicole Chernish, gallery manager.

Chernish said the walls are available in two- and four-foot wide by eight-foot high panels. The gallery has not decided yet how many of each they will purchase.

“The walls are four inches thick so they will have the “feel” of a regular wall,” Chernish said.

“The walls are double sided (of course) and can be set up in multiple formats to be customized for each show. We can put all the walls out or some of the walls, depending on what is needed. The walls are freestanding so they will not impact our heritage building and can move with us to any other space.”

A total of 50 arts organizations in the province received $2 million in funding, including four in the North.

Stikine MLA Nathan Cullen said the importance of the arts goes beyond entertainment.

“The arts and culture groups in the northwest represent the very best of who we are,” he said. “Our government is spending $200,000 for programs across our region to better help tell our stories and connect our communities. This new support for the Smithers Art Gallery will help make it better able to do just that.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Adam's Igloo sustained serious damage when the roof collapsed. (Facebook photo)
Roof collapses on Smithers landmark

Cleanup efforts underway at Adams Igloo and Wildlife Museum

Instructor and master artist Dempsey Bob (right) speaks to the crowd at the Terrace Art Gallery about the importance of cultural art on Feb. 7, 2020. Bob is a recipient of a 2021 Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts Artistic Achievement Award. (Black Press Media File Photo)
Northwest artist Dempsey Bob wins national art award

Renowned Tahltan-Tlingit master carver one of eight people to receive Governor General’s Arts Award

(Phil McLachlan/Capital News)
Murder charge laid in February 2020 stabbing death of Smithers man

Michael Egenolf is charged with the second-degree murder of Brodie Cumiskey

Island Health chief medical officer Dr. Richard Stanwick receives a first dose of Pfizer vaccine, Dec. 22, 2020. (B.C. government)
COVID-19: B.C. seniors aged 90+ can start to sign up for vaccination on March 8

Long-term care residents protected by shots already given

The Majagaleehl Gali Aks Elementary School in Hazelton is being shut down for a week by the Gitanmaax Band Council following a confirmation of a COVID-19 exposure there on Feb. 26. (Black Press Media File Photo)
COVID-19 exposure notice shuts down Hazelton school

Closure to last for one week and school is to be sanitized

Health Minister Adrian Dix looks on as Dr. Bonnie Henry pauses for a moment as she gives her daily media briefing regarding COVID-19 for British Columbia in Victoria, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
7 additional deaths and 542 new COVID-19 cases in B.C.

Provincial health officials reported 18 new COVID-19 cases linked to variants of concern

Grand Forks’ Gary Smith stands in front of his Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster float. Photo: Submitted
Grand Forks’ Flying Spaghetti Monster leader still boiling over driver’s licence photo

Gary Smith, head of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster of B.C., said he has since spoken to lawyers

A Cowichan Valley mom is wondering why masks haven’t been mandated for elementary schools. (Metro Creative photo)
B.C. mom frustrated by lack of mask mandate for elementary students

“Do we want to wait until we end up like Fraser Health?”

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

B.C. research reveals how pandemic has changed attitudes towards sex, health services

CDC survey shows that 35 per cent of people were worried about being judged

Some Canadians are finding butter harder than usual, resulting in an avalanche of social media controversy around #buttergate. (Brett Williams/The Observer)
#Buttergate: Concerns around hard butter hit small B.C. towns and beyond

Canadians find their butter was getting harder, blame palm oil in part one of this series

Jobs Minister Ravi Kahlon speaks in the B.C. legislature, describing work underway to make a small business and tourism aid package less restrictive, Dec. 10, 2020. (Hansard TV)
B.C. extends deadline for tourism, small business COVID-19 grants

Business owners expect months more of lost revenues

Anti-pipeline protests continue in Greater Vancouver, with the latest happening Thursday, March 4 at a Trans Mountain construction site in Burnaby. (Facebook/Laurel Dykstra)
A dozen faith-based protestors blockade Burnaby Trans Mountain site in prayer

The group arrived early Thursday, planning to ‘block any further work’

Mid day at the Vancouver Port Intersection blockade on March 3, organized by the Braided Warriors. (Zoë Ducklow photo)
Anti-pipeline blockade at Vancouver intersection broken up by police

Demonstraters were demanding the release of a fellow anti-TMX protester

Most Read