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Michael Snow
Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

MEDIA ADVISORY: Launch of "In the Company of Friends," a book that celebrates 50 years of volunteering at the National Gallery of Canada

Ottawa - April 30, 2008

At 3 pm today in the Rideau Chapel at the National Gallery of Canada (NGC), The Volunteers’ Circle of the Gallery will officially unveil, In the Company of Friends, a book that retraces the development of five decades (1958 to 2008) of dedicated and creative volunteering at the National Gallery of Canada by some exceptional people. In the Company of Friends unveils a rich history that is the first of its kind to be produced by any volunteer organization.

Fifty years of history
This book launch marks the beginning of a celebratory year for the Volunteers’ Circle. It culminates in a grand tribute on 5 October 2008, to which the public will be invited and during which the Gallery will be open to everyone free of charge.

Richly illustrated, In the Company of Friends reveals unforgettable memories, anecdotes, and travel stories that have marked 50 years of volunteering at the NGC. It also portrays the passion, the dynamism and the dedication of an impressive group of volunteers who have organized activities, fundraising and special events to support the Gallery’s mission.

Hamilton Southam, the first president of the National Gallery Association (as it was called in 1958), said: “We regarded ourselves as belonging to the Gallery’s family.” Pierre Théberge, the present Director of the Gallery, continues that thought: “Surviving significant changes of address, nomenclature and structure since their initial meeting, the Gallery’s volunteers have always managed to keep this family spirit alive.”

In the Company of Friends is available at $20.00 each, plus $5.00 each for shipping and handling, through the Volunteer's Circle of the National Gallery of Canada. The French edition Des amis et des arts is available at the same price.

Volunteers’ Circle of the National Gallery of Canada
PO Box 333, Station A
Ottawa (ON) Canada K1N 8V3
613-241-2787
volunteers.circle@gallery.ca

The Rideau Chapel: The ‘’Jewel’’ of the Gallery
When the announcement to create a new building for the National Gallery of Canada was made, it was also decided that the Rideau Chapel would be integrated into the Canadian Art galleries. The volunteers, Friends of the Gallery, then carried out their most ambitious project – the raising of $625,000 to support the reconstruction and installation of a national treasure one century after it was first built – the Notre Dame du Sacré-Coeur Convent, on Rideau Street.

Reminder
Who:
The Volunteers’ Circle of the National Gallery of Canada
What: Book launch of In Company of Friends: Fifty Years of Volunteering at the National Gallery of Canada
When: Wednesday 30 April at 3 pm
Where: Rideau Chapel, National Gallery of Canada

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For more information, or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Jean Seasons
613-728-1486
jeanseasons@sympatico.ca