Art Junction to celebrate ownership change 

After assuming primary ownership of the funky Art Junction@Function Gallery & Frame Studio a couple months ago, Harvey Lim is finally ready to celebrate with a public reception in the gallery this Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m.

What: Reopening party

Where: Art Junction@Function Gallery & Frame Studio

When: Saturday, July 3, 4-7 p.m.

Eleven of Art Junction’s feature artists are expected to be in attendance, including new additions Lorraine Surcouf and Sandra Sugimoto.

The occasion will also mark the unveiling of Gambier Island painter Gloria Masse’s Whistler Bears collection, a series of bear portraits done in collaboration with local bear researcher Michael Allen. Ten per cent of the collection’s sales will be donated to local bear research and conservation initiatives. Both Masse and Allen are expected to be in attendance.

Lim may be the new primary owner, but he is hardly new to Art Junction, having run the in-house framing studio for the past five years for previous owner Jan Holmberg.

An ex-footballer (soccer player) from the U.K., Lim played professionally for 12 years in England, Scandinavia and Hong Kong before moving to Ontario with his Canadian wife. The duo settled in Whistler nine years ago – another familiar case of coming on a holiday and deciding to stay permanently.

Since taking over Art Junction Lim has changed the look of the gallery slightly, but will continue the vision to showcase contemporary B.C. artists. His biggest challenge, he says, will continue to be finding ways to draw the Whistler Village gallery-touring crowd out to his Function Junction location.

For more information on the gallery call 604-938-9000 or go to www.artjunction.ca.

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