South of 60 gearing up for summer exhibits and workshops

Knitted food still being accepted for the Food Bank Project

Curator Anya Blake holds some of the donated items to the Food Bank Project exhibition, which will run November 15 to December 22 this year.
Photo Christine Hudder

Staff Reporter

BARRY’S BAY – The South of 60 Arts Centre in Barry’s Bay is getting ready for several new and exciting art exhibits this year.

Curator Anya Blake said the centre is gearing up for its first exhibit of the year called Dauntless: A Catherine Toth retrospective.

Toth was a well respected artist for her age. She had produced a variety of mixed media work, from three-dimensional pieces to photographs and everything in between. She
lived in Toronto, but frequently visited family on Aylen Lake, just outside of Barry’s Bay.
In 2010, she had her art exhibited for the first time at the South of 60 centre. Blake said it was well received.

Tragically, on September 25, 2010, Toth passed away from an illness. She was just 26 years old.

The curator said the works in this year’s show were all created in recent years by the artist, whom she describes as tremendously spirited, generous and bright.
“We just wanted to remember her,” Blake said.

A grand opening for the exhibit will be held on May 4 from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. It is free to attend. The show will run until June 11.

Then on May 26, the centre is sponsoring an antique appraisal day. Janet Carlile, who is a member of the Canadian Antiques Road Show, will be appraising each item in front of an audience at the Opeongo Senior’s Centre from 10 a.m. until noon that day. Registration takes place from 9 a.m. until 9:30 a.m.

Story continues in the May 3rd issue of The Valley Gazette.