Port Moody Arts Centre honours Kitching with a gallery

New name comes at the request of Townline Homes.

A gallery space at the Port Moody Arts Centre is now named after a past president of the society that runs it.

Last Thursday, staff at the St. Johns Street arts hub announced the 3D Gallery will now be known as the Ann Kitching Gallery. 

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Kitching, a freedom of the city recipient, is currently at the Crossroads hospice centre with terminal cancer. 

She was not at last week’s exhibit opening for Winter Treasures and the Christmas Marketplace, when the announcement was made; however, a private recognition ceremony is expected to take place with her next week.

PMAC society president Val Simons said the gallery name was requested by Townline Homes, a developer that committed $20,000 to the arts centre earlier this year. 

Because of the size of its contribution, the company was allowed to name a room.

Townline chose her name to be at the entrance to the gallery (with its name inside, as sponsors) in honour of Kitching’s lifelong devotion to the arts and education.

The funding will be used for operations and equipment, Simons said. “It’s a lovely thing that they have done and very special to our organization.”

jcleugh@tricitynews.com

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