WAG Announces Centennial Ball Committee

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is pleased to announce the organizing committee for its highly anticipated Centennial Ball, which takes place October 20, 2012. As Canada’s oldest civic art gallery, the WAG will celebrate its 100th anniversary from September 2012 through August 2013.

The Ball comes at an exciting time, just three weeks after the official launch of the WAG’s Centennial year, and the opening of the major contemporary exhibition Winnipeg Now on September 29. It's a gala event like no other in the city where the galleries are transformed by centuries of art, thousands of flowers, and the most elegant patrons. Proceeds from the Ball support thousands of children and youth in Manitoba, enabling them to enjoy the WAG’s educational and studio art programs while expanding their artistic horizons.

“Last year’s Gallery Ball was the most successful gala in the WAG’s history – with 375 guests and 25 corporate tables,” explains Executive Director Stephen Borys. “Our success was due in large part to a dedicated volunteer committee, a hardworking staff, and a responsive and giving community. This year we are aiming even higher! We have gathered a group of outstanding individuals, from all sectors and backgrounds, to serve on this historic committee – and they represent largely the people who will lead the WAG into its second century."

The committee is organized as follows:

Honorary Chair: Tannis M. Richardson

Executive Committee: Hazel Borys, Stephen Borys, Heather Cram, José Koes and Scott McCulloch.

Members: Brent Bellamy, Joyce Berry, Tim Borys, Hennie Corrin, Cora Eaton, Scott Gillam, Stefano Grande, Johanna Hurme, Nathan Janzen, Rob Johnston, Pam Kaspick, Alden Neufeld, Louis Trepel, Darlene Van Ruiten, Jordan van Sewell, Faye Warren, Ben Wasylyshen.

“The Centennial Ball celebrates the past but much of its purpose is to ensure the future of art education for young people in Manitoba,” comments Tannis Richardson. “I am pleased to be part of such a significant event.” The public can expect a spectacular evening celebrating the WAG’s past, present and future. As in 2011, attendees will enjoy the magical experience of dining in the galleries surrounded by complementary floral arrangements.

The Centennial Ball will be followed by several other signature events including an Anniversary Soirée on December 16, exactly 100 years after the WAG’s original date of incorporation. Landmark exhibitions follow including Creation & Transformation: Defining Moments in Inuit Art (January-April 2013), telling the story of contemporary Inuit art and Only in Canada: International Masterworks (May-August 2013), which brings together a group of 100 outstanding artworks from galleries across Canada. With a host of other Centennial plans to be revealed in the coming months, Winnipeg and Manitoba have a lot to celebrate with their WAG.

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For information contact:
Catherine Maksymiuk
Manager, Communications and Marketing



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