Generous Winnipeg Couple Donate Christmas Tree to WAG

 Thanks to the generosity of Frank and Sophie Czayka, the Winnipeg Art Gallery will be displaying a stunning silver spruce in their front foyer.

The tree, cut down to 20 feet to fit in the WAG’s Eckhardt Hall, will be the focus of the activity at the Gallery’s annual tree-trimming party from 2 to 5 on Sunday, December 2.  The afternoon features a visit from Santa, live seasonal music, holiday games with the WAG elves, hot cocoa and cookies, and best of all—the chance for youngsters to create their own special ornaments for the tree. There is no charge for the event. Sophie and Frank Czayka will be attending the party to take one last look at their tree.

“We planted the tree 28 years ago when our daughter was born,” says Sophie Czayka. “We love it but at 50 feet it was just getting too big. It blocked the sun on the garden and the view and the light from the living-room window. We had offered it to the city but it wasn’t suitable for them so we were very happy when the WAG called about it.”

The WAG also thanks Alliance Tree Service who have cut and delivered the tree at no charge.

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The Winnipeg Art Gallery is celebrating its Centennial year with an unparalleled series of exhibitions, programs, and events promoting the power of art in life. As Manitoba's leading art museum, the WAG is home to over 26,000 works of art spanning ten centuries, including the world's preeminent collection of contemporary Inuit art.

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