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News in Brief: Art Theft at U of T, Emily Carr Artifacts Found and Canada House Reopened in London

Our editors’ weekly roundup of Canadian art news.

Art theft is alive and well in Toronto. Last Friday, Toronto Police Service revealed that three paintings were stolen from the University of Toronto over the past month, including a canal scene in the style of Venetian painter Francesco Guardi, a landscape by Yee Bon and a depiction of Peggy’s Cove by William E. DeGarthe. The paintings were taken from Trinity College and Victoria University, and police are looking for the public’s assistance to recover the works.

The Justina M. Barnicke Gallery announced yesterday that Toronto-based curator and writer cheyanne turions received the inaugural Reesa Greenberg Curatorial Studies Award, which includes a $5,000 award donated by scholar Reesa Greenberg.

Yesterday, Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts announced that veteran artist and writer Judith Barry, best known for her photography and video work, will be the Audain Visual Artist in Residence in February 2015. Barry gives an artist talk on February 24 at 1 p.m. at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts in Vancouver.

The restored Canada House, a building on Trafalgar Square in London that is part of the High Commission of Canada in London, officially reopened on February 19 with a visit from Queen Elizabeth II. The building contains over 200 pieces of Canadian art, including work by Emily Carr, Arthur Lismer, Gordon Smith, Edward Burtynsky and others.

The Feminist Art Gallery (FAG), comprised of artists Allyson Mitchell and Deirdre Logue, began their spring artist’s residency at the Art Gallery of Ontario on February 16. Other residents for 2015 are Meera Margaret Singh, Lisa Myers and Jérôme Havre.

The Vancouver School Board is looking for an art appraiser, as it believes that paintings, sculptures and artifacts left in and donated to its schools could be valuable. VSB spokesman Kurt Heinrich explained that principals began cataloguing art and ephemera in their schools last summer, finding pieces by Emily Carr, Bill Reid, Robert Bateman, Gordan Smith and others.

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