Gallery fundraiser

The Station House Gallery is gearing up for two shows in February, one that will be a fundraiser for the gallery.

The Station House Gallery is gearing up for two shows in February, one that will be a fundraiser for the gallery.

The upstairs gallery will feature a Middleman show and sale of work that art collectors may now be interested in selling or by artists who may be looking to clean out their studios.

Art selected for the sale must be an original piece of art or framed print.

The gallery will receive a 30 per cent commission on pieces that are sold.

The gallery is closed until Jan. 16 but photographs of proposed submissions can be sent to executive director Diane Toop at manager@stationhousegallery.com.

She can also be reached for information at 250-392-6113 to set up a time for an informal assessment of the piece.

It is up to the individual whether their name is attached to the piece as the seller.

The show in the main gallery during February will feature cedar masks created by Tony Speers, West Coast Style Mask Carver and Drum Maker: TL’PA — Nuxalk.

Toop says TL’Pa is Tony’s Indian name, given to him by Lawrence Pootlass — Late Hereditary Chief of the Nuxalk Nation — Bella Coola.

The Tony Speers and Middleman shows will open with an evening reception for the artist on Thursday, Feb. 2 from 5 to 7 p.m.

“We’d love to start out 2017 with a great opening and really hope everyone can attend,” Toop says.

She also notes that gallery memberships are due in January and can be paid at the opening or when the gallery reopens on Jan. 16.

Toop notes that the gallery is actively raising funds for a new furnace and requests that people consider donating their empty bottles and cans in the name of the gallery when they return them to Amanda Enterprises.

“We’ve been told the furnace we have is so old that no one can remember it being installed and it is on its last legs.”