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For Immediate Release:
October 1, 2012

More Than 1,000 People Celebrate the Pama Art Gallery Opening

Left to Right: PAMA Manager Claire Loughheed, Brampton City Councillor Bob Callahan, Kent Gillespie (Commissioner of Employee and Business Services, Region of Peel), Regional Chair and CEO Emil Kolb, Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell, Regional Councillor John Sanderson and MP Kyle Seeback (Brampton West) officially cut the ribbon at the PAMA art gallery opening.

Photo credit Azure Blue Photography.
BRAMPTON, ON (Oct. 1, 2012) Art lovers of all ages turned out in droves over the weekend to celebrate the opening of the art gallery at the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA). More than 1,000 people toured, explored and were entertained at the new art gallery, which is part of a $16-million renovation and expansion of PAMA.

"The opening of the art gallery is truly an historic occasion in Peel's art and culture history," said Regional Chair and CEO Emil Kolb. "The Peel community has a strong, vibrant and diverse cultural heritage that continues to evolve and PAMA will be front and centre in celebrating our uniqueness."

Also on hand to officially open the art gallery were Brampton Members of Parliament Kyle Seeback and Parm Gill, numerous Region of Peel Councillors, members of PAMA staff, artist Lyn Carter and other special guests including donors.

"For the past 18 months we have been waiting and planning for this day and we are absolutely delighted at the turnout. We knew we were ready for PAMA to open but it's heartening to see that the community is as well," said Claire Loughheed, Manager, PAMA. "We're thinking about the role we play in the community in new ways, and are looking forward to building innovative experiences. We're pushing our boundaries and it's a great feeling. In the future we hope to plan with our community bringing them into building the new PAMA experience firsthand."
Some of the first exhibitions at the art gallery include:

  • Cover Lyn Carter creates fabric covered forms that challenge our ideas about the medium of sculpture. This ten-year survey of her work is presented in partnership with Cambridge Galleries.
  • Passages Curated by Christine Boyanoski for PAMA, this photo-based exhibition brings together artists of different cultural backgrounds whose work looks at personal and family history.
  • Colourful Roots Hundreds of community members created and contributed fabric flowers for this underground exhibit under the direction of noted artist Sue Sturdy.
  • Works on Paper A selection of works given in memory of late PAMA Curator David Somers will be showcased along with new acquisitions purchased with the support of the David Somers Works on Paper Endowment Fund.

"We are thrilled the community has embraced the new art gallery," said Judy Daley, Curator, PAMA. "We couldn't have done it without the hard work of our staff and many dedicated volunteers. This truly is a place for the people and we hope our exhibitions inspire and help make connections to the community around us."

The art gallery is part of a significant and important collection of historical buildings, including the Peel County Courthouse and Jail, which date back to the 1860s. Award-winning Goldsmith Borgal & Company Ltd. Architects (GBCA) was hired to design the building because of their understanding of heritage buildings and the need to preserve culture in our community.
"We are pleased to have been part of the team that successfully preserved and adapted this important Canadian heritage site, and congratulate PAMA on the Peel Art Gallery opening," said Christopher Borgal, Principal of GBCA.

The new art gallery is phase one in the opening of PAMA. Phase two is the grand opening weekend on Nov. 24 and 25 with new exhibitions in the art gallery, the official opening of the museum and free events for the whole family. The final phase takes place on Family Day, Feb. 18, 2013, when the entire facility will be open.

PAMA is a place to explore and learn about Peel's culture and heritage, as well as use conversation, questions and stories to help make new and fascinating connections to the surrounding community. In addition to offering a variety of workshops and programs for all ages, PAMA will encourage people to interact, exchange ideas and tell stories as we build a community together. Family-friendly activities and free drop-in workshops are offered throughout the year. Operated by the Region of Peel, PAMA is located at 9 Wellington St. E. in Brampton. Visit pama.peelregion.ca for more information.



Josie Premzell
Supervisor of Development and Visitor Services
Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives
905-791-4055, ext. 3625

Amy Stevens, Communication Specialist
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 4882

Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595, e-mail



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