Treasured Art Collection On-Display

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An eclectic mix of paintings and prints, including works from international artists who flourished in the 1700s and 1800s, is on public display for a limited time in the Glen P. Sutherland Gallery of Art at Brandon University (BU).

Viola Lobodowsky, 2014 (web)The Dr. Viola Lobodowsky Art Collection contains 19 pieces with an appraised value of more than $100,000, donated to BU over the past 20 years by Dr. Viola Lobodowsky, a retired Toronto dentist and native of Sandy Lake, MB.

The exhibition features works by British painter George Morland, Dutch artist Bernard de Hoog, and Canadians Frederic Marlett Bell-Smith and Frederick Arthur Verner, among others. Critics feel the showpiece is an untitled (“Mother and Child”) painting by de Hoog.

“The de Hoog is a beautiful depiction,” says Catherine Mattes, Associate Professor in BU’s Visual Arts Department. “It exemplifies the Dutch painting style of the time, the Hague School, which recalls the traditions of the 17th century Dutch masters.”

untitled (Mother and Child), painted by Bernard de Hoog, from the Dr. Viola Lobodowsky Collection, Brandon University (web)Mattes says students worked for two months to clean and prepare the pieces for public display. The collection has provided many years of educational and training opportunities for BU Fine Arts students, including curators Jason Hryciuk and Timothy Brown, Gallery Manager.

The exhibition will be open to the public from October 10-18th. For Gallery hours, please visit

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