FUSION Party with a Purpose on Friday

March 24, 2010 at 7:44 pm Leave a comment

This Friday, I am excited to say, brings with it sunnier weather and the latest FUSION Saint John “Party with a Purpose!”  This month’s networking event with a message is being held at the Peter Buckland Gallery with the purpose of discussing local art and how to collect it on a budget.  It ties in nicely with 225 celebrations and will give attendees of this FREE event an opportunity to explore the gallery, have a drink with friends (old & new), and hear owner Peter Buckland speak briefly about art collection.  I will be there tending the bar (beer & wine) so don’t forget your cash, as well as a few bucks for the 50/50 draw!

The following is an article that appeared in the Telegraph Journal on Tuesday, March 23rd 2010.

Saint John has been designated a 2010 Cultural Capital of Canada by the federal Department of Canadian Heritage.

Vault 15 is an art investment project art gallery owner Peter Buckland is developing with interested Saint Johners.

This past January, the city kicked off Saint John 225, a year-long program of events that celebrates the creativity, culture and heritage of the Saint John region. We’re fortunate to live in a city with so much talent, a place where exceptionally talented people have chosen to earn a living and carve their niche. Events and initiatives such as these are great ways for Saint Johners to familiarize themselves with the people and places that are putting Saint John on the map as a cultural capital.

A lot of us spend so much of our days staring at screens – computer, television, cellphone – that we owe it to our eyes and imaginations to take in some of the great art created locally. This month’s Party with a Purpose will give FUSION members and party-goers the chance to learn about a new project aimed at Saint John art lovers, amidst a backdrop of New Brunswick artists with work ranging from traditional to highly contemporary.

Hosted by the Peter Buckland Gallery, the purpose of this month’s party is to learn more about Vault 15, an art investment project Buckland is developing with interested Saint Johners.

This project will bring together 15 to 20 individuals who will, over the course of a five-year period, contribute money each month and pool resources as a group to buy pieces of contemporary art and develop an art collection.

“The concept is perfect for younger people because it can take 15 to 20 years for the value of contemporary art to kick in,” said Buckland, who is forming the group and will eventually seek out the work and broker the purchase of the pieces. The group will get together throughout the year to make decisions pertaining to the collection. Buckland will host an annual private function for group members to get together and see the pieces they have acquired. Meanwhile, over the course of the years the pieces will hang in the homes and offices of the individuals involved.

“The cool thing is that over the next five years, people will get to enjoy the art, learn about it and accumulate a private collection that has real substance,” Buckland said. The specifics of how the group will select, buy and share pieces have not been established because it will be up to the people involved to determine how they want to operate. This group creates a means for people who love art but lack the resources to amass a personal collection to support our arts community on a larger scale.

The March Party with a Purpose will take place Friday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Peter Buckland Gallery on Prince William Street. For more information, please visit http://www.fusionsj.com.

Claire Ryan is on the FUSION Saint John board. Reach her at cryan@mtlpr.ca.

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