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Inspired- A Celebration of Visual Art-Gallery and Art Draw at Marianne van Silfhout Gallery


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 Inspired- A Celebration of Visual Art-Gallery and Art Draw at Marianne van Silfhout Gallery

May 26, 2014

Brockville, ON: On Saturday May 31st, well-known Thousand Island area artist and long-time St. Lawrence College professor Henry Vyfvinkel will be honoured and celebrated at Inspired-A Celebration of Visual Art- Gallery and Art Draw. The celebration takes place at Marianne van Silfhout Gallery at the Brockville campus from 7pm -10pm.

This event is two-fold; it celebrates and honours Henry Vyfvinkel and also launches the first fundraising event for the Marianne van Silfhout Community Programming Fund set up through the St. Lawrence College Foundation. Artists and art patrons will gather to celebrate the contributions of visual artists in our community, and recognize Henry Vyfvinkel, artist, teacher, and passionate advocate for the visual arts in Brockville and the Thousand Islands. He has been a teacher, mentor and inspiration to a large artistic community and the greater Brockville community. Henry Vyfvinkel will also be the first inductee into the Marianne van Silfhout Gallery Hall of Fame.

Henry Vyfvinkel worked for 30 years at St. Lawrence College teaching fine arts, and although he has retired from teaching, he maintains his close ties to the college and the state-of-the-art gallery, The Marianne Van Silfhout Gallery. “The gallery is a major hub of artistic activities, and I encourage all artists and artist lovers to support it in any way they can, by exhibiting, visiting it and being aware of its potential for meeting space. I have made great friends and formed wonderful relationships over the years both as a teacher and as an artist” said Vyfvinkel.

Guests will attend a reception and exhibition in tribute to Henry Vyfvinkel. Over 30 artists have donated more than 30 works for the event. Well respected artists such as Marg Grothier, Anne Barkley, Lou Charlton, Layne Larse, Allan and Audrey Bain and Henry himself have donated numerous works which will go home with purchasers of the Art Inspiration ticket package.

Further, there will be fine food, wine, a silent auction and special branded merchandise with Henry’s painting “Spanish Moss” will also be available.

Tickets are still available and can be purchased online at or at the Student Services office at the Brockville campus. Two kinds of tickets available: $40/person general admission, or the Art Inspiration package, which includes admission for two AND a piece of art! Every purchaser of the Inspiration package will be able to select a work of art from the gallery's walls when their name is called.


 About the Art Gallery

The Marianne van Silfhout Gallery is a state-of-the-art community art gallery located at the front atrium of the Brockville campus of St. Lawrence College and is a focus for the visual arts for Brockville and the larger Eastern Ontario area. Creation of the gallery was made possible by the generous bequest from the Estate of Marianne van Silfhout, a graduate of the Fine Arts program at St. Lawrence College, and other contributors to the St. Lawrence College Foundation.

 About St. Lawrence College

With three friendly campuses in Brockville, Cornwall, and Kingston, St. Lawrence College is an integral part of the economic vibrancy of Eastern Ontario. St. Lawrence College is a close-knit community of 6,700 full-time students from Canada and from more than 40 countries worldwide, with more than 70,000 alumni. As part of ongoing sustainability initiatives, the College recently completed the installation of more than 1,600 solar modules on the roofs of our Kingston and Brockville campuses, the largest solar roof-top installation of any post-secondary institution in Canada. In addition to this investment in our campus infrastructure we have recently completed a multi-million dollar revitalization of our Cornwall campus. The college has many exciting Applied Research projects in progress, as well, our Corporate Learning and Performance Improvement group has helped more than 200 organizations grow and prosper. Hundreds enroll in our part-time and distance education courses each year. We work with thousands of clients annually at our Employment Service locations in Kingston, Sharbot Lake, Sydenham, and Ottawa.


Kris Ward
Communications Officer
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St. Lawrence College
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