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Estate Art Auction preview and silent auction June 11-13


Proceeds of an art auction of original art works collected over several decades by Jack and Ruby Lockyer Ward will support the hospital, and hospice, in Prince Edward County.

Jack and Ruby Lockyer Ward were life-long County residents, well-known for their involvement in many community activities and enthusiastic support for a wide range of charitable organizations.

Ruby was the chairperson of the Salvation Army Red Shield Campaign, a prime fundraiser for the restoration of Glenwood Cemetery.  Jack was a charter member of the Picton Kiwanis Club and long-time board member of the Picton United Church.  Ruby, a florist by trade and owner of the Lockyer Flower Shoppe, passed away in 2006.  After practicing law in Picton for more than 45 years, Jack passed away in 2011.

Jack and Ruby were passionate patrons of the arts, with a keen interest in theatre, music, painting and sculpture.  They were among the original supporting members of both the Shaw and Stratford festivals.  Jack’s eclectic interest in art resulted in accumulation of a large collection of pieces in a broad spectrum of Canadian artists, many from Prince Edward County and Eastern Ontario.  His interest in the success of emerging talent was evident in his on-going support of many new artists and the lasting friendships he established with them.

In 2014, the Ward family established the Jack and Ruby Lockyer Ward Fund with the County Community Foundation. In creating this fund, the family stipulated that proceeds from the art sale support the Hospice Prince Edward Foundation, the PEC Memorial Hospital Foundation and the County Community Foundation.

Doris McCarthy Pangnirtung Fiord

Doris McCarthy Pangnirtung Fiord

The remarkable art collection includes works by well-known artists such as Doris McCarthy, Luc Deschamps, Doug Forsythe, Hilton Hassell, Chantal Poulin, Arthur Schilling and James Woods.

There are also County landscapes and scenes painted by acclaimed local artists such as Linda Barber, Marcel Blanchette, Donna Cameron, Susan Chambers, Michael Fischer, Mia Lane, Dayna Law, Tom Mathews and Susan Straiton. Abstract works by Richard Brzozowski are also in the auction.

The majority of the items will be sold through a silent auction from June 11-13. The 50 best works in the collection will be sold in a live auction June 13 at Books & Company, Picton. Both silent and live auction items will be on display until the commencement of the live auction at 7 p.m.  The live auction will be conducted by auctioneer Jim Nelson, who has volunteered his services for the event.

Just 250 tickets are available. The cost is $20, and includes a wine reception commencing at 5:30, a bidders paddle, a hard copy of the catalogue, and the ability to be present when the silent auction closes at 6:45pm,  and the live auction from 7-9pm

Tickets may also be purchased at the door between 4p.m. and 7p.m on June 13. Net proceeds from ticket sales and auction items will be donated to the designated charities. A catalogue of works, advance tickets for auction, and absentee reserve bids will be available at the Oeno Gallery after June 1.

About the PEC Hospital Foundation
PECMhospitalfoundationPrince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation raises money for priority medical equipment which advances health care for our patients.  Celebrating 30 years, the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation is the voice and champion of exceptional health care for the people of Prince Edward County.  Contact: Hazel Lloyst, Director of Development

About Hospice Prince Edward
HOSPICE PRINCE EDWARDHospice Prince Edward provides physical, psychological, social, spiritual and practical support to people living with life-limiting illness and to their loved ones and caregivers.
Hospice Prince Edward is a non-profit, non-denominational charitable organization with a two-fold purpose:
To assist individuals, their families and caregivers facing life-limiting or terminal illness
To help bereaved people of all ages cope with the death of a loved one and to rediscover life
Hospice Prince Edward is a community resource for palliative care and bereavement support, serving all of Prince Edward County.

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