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KAMLOOPS, British Columbia, May 28, 2011 – The Kamloops Art Gallery was able to host the successful retrospective of the work of artist William Perehudoff, thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada. This was announced today by Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament (Kamloops–Thompson–Cariboo), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

With this funding, the Kamloops Art Gallery hosted the travelling exhibition The Optimism of Colour: William Perehudoff, a retrospective from March 15 to May 28, 2011. Mr. Perehudoff, a native of Saskatchewan, is recognized nationally and internationally as an influential abstract painter. This touring exhibition from the Mackenzie Art Gallery–the first comprehensive survey of the artist–chronicles the evolution of Mr. Perehudoff's work, from his early figurative and landscape works before the Second World War to the radiant abstract paintings that reflect the dominance of modernist painting, design, and architecture in Canada.

"Our Government is proud to support projects that increase Canadians' access to arts and culture," said Minister Moore. "By working together with museums and galleries, we are providing more opportunities for residents to connect with Canadian artists and their work."

"The Kamloops Art Gallery is an important cultural resource and attraction for residents and visitors," said Mrs. McLeod. "By investing in this exhibit, the Government of Canada is ensuring that Canadians and the residents of Kamloops have the opportunity to celebrate Mr. Perehudoff's work."

"We are delighted the Government of Canada has made it possible for the Kamloops Art Gallery to host such an important exhibition. This support makes Canadian art accessible to our regional communities," said Jann L.M. Bailey, Kamloops Art Gallery Executive Director. "The Optimism of Colour: William Perehudoff, a retrospective is a timely examination of one of the most dynamic periods in Canadian art and traces the evolution of visual culture from before the Second World War to the dominance of Modernist painting, design, and architecture in Canada."

The Kamloops Art Gallery, established in 1978, is the principal gallery for the visual arts in the Southern Interior of British Columbia. The Gallery has a national reputation for its public and curatorial programs, and strong record for staging travelling exhibits. Its collection includes more than 1,700 works of art by Canadian and international artists.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $15,000 through the Museums Assistance Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides funding to Canadian museums and related institutions for projects that foster excellence in museum activities and that facilitate access to the treasures of our collective heritage.

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