Bobbie Farquhar

Presidents Circle

Oct 1967

Bobbie’s term on the AGGV Board of Directors was coming to the end when I arrived at the Gallery. She greeted me very warmly and took the time to get to know me. After a while, she took me aside and gave me some very good advice regarding the Gallery and its functioning. I doubt that I would have lasted more than a year without her counsel during those early days. I still call on her often for information and guidance which she kindly shares with me – usually over lunch at the golf club! Jon Tupper, Director

Q: You have been a member of the Gallery for 50 years! Take us back – what are some of your earlier memories? 

To illustrate my lengthy association with the AGGV and to highlight the art rental program, let me take you back to the late sixties when I was a newcomer to Victoria and also a homeowner who longed for art in our home. When I discovered that I could rent art at the Gallery, I was soon carting pieces back and forth and becoming familiar with the institution. There was one piece of rental art that I kept for many, many months as I could not seem to part with it and I finally purchased the piece. Unbeknownst to me at that time, the Victoria artist, Myfanwy Pavelic, would become internationally known and her New York Series abstract would remain one of my favourites. I was pleased to be able to reciprocate the benefits that I received from my Gallery membership by serving as a Board Member for two terms.