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For Immediate Release:
September 24, 2015

14 Years in the Making, Provocative 30-foot Sculpture Debuts at PAMA October 4

BRAMPTON, ON (September 24, 2015) Experience a one-of-a-kind sculpture when Stephanie Rayner’s Boat of Eternal Return debuts at the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) on October 4. The stunning 30-foot boat is comprised of 20 unique elements, including moose ribs, mahogany, a mare pelvis and the score to Mozart’s Requiem

“Art, in all its forms, is the language of the soul,” says Brampton-raised Rayner. “It speaks louder than death, and has always been humanity’s lifeline.”

14 years in the making, the Boat of Eternal Return has never been publically displayed before.  Its unveiling represents the first exhibit curated by Tom Smart, an internationally celebrated arts leader and former CEO of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, in his new role as PAMA Art Gallery Curator. 

“Part boat, part musical instrument, the Boat of Eternal Return is sculpture as you’ve never seen it before,” says Smart.  “Rayner’s body of work offers a deeply spiritual metaphor. Through this piece she reflects on the mysteries of birth, death and the cycle of perpetual regeneration.”

Win a private tour with PAMA Art Gallery Curator, Tom Smart!

Beginning October 4, follow PAMA on Twitter @visitpama and share a few words about your life’s journeys, trials and triumphs!  The first 25 people to do so will receive an exquisite Boat of Eternal Return official exhibit catalogue signed by the artist.  One grand prize winner will receive an exclusive tour of the exhibit by Curator Tom Smart.  Check in @visitpama for details.

Stephanie Rayner, Boat of Eternal Return, Exhibit: October 4, 2015 January 10, 2016
Opening Reception: Sunday, October 4, 2 - 4 p.m.

Curator Talk:  Sunday, October 4, 2:30 p.m.

Artist-led high-school education program: In this two hour program, distinguished artist Stephanie Rayner leads young artists through the creative process and provides a guided tour of the Boat of Eternal Return. Curriculum Connections: Grade 12 Reflecting, Responding & Analyzing, Foundations. $6.00 per student. For information on sessions, contact: infopama@peelregion.ca.

PAMA is a place to explore and learn about Peel Region’s culture and heritage, as well as use conversation, questions and stories to help make new and fascinating connections to the surrounding community. Throughout the year, PAMA offers a variety of workshops and programs for all ages, families and adults. With so many different programs to choose from, PAMA has something for everyone. Operated by the Region of Peel, PAMA is located at 9 Wellington St. E. in Brampton. Visit pama.peelregion.ca to learn more.



Erin Fernandes
Marketing Co-ordinator
Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives
905-791-4055, ext. 7596

Lesley Hudson
Communication Specialist
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 4478

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



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