Group of Seven painting to be unveiled at Barkerville during Canada150 Theatre Royal Gala
- On Saturday, June 17, 2017, Barkerville Historic Town & Park will host its annual Theatre Royal Gala and Barkerville Heritage Trust AGM.
- Saturday’s Theatre Royal Gala will premiere three different summer shows from Newman & Wright Theatre Company: The Fred Wells Show at 1:00 PM, Cariboo Gold Quartz Radio Hour at 4:00 PM, and Mrs. McGinley’s Gold Rush Variety Show at 7:00 PM.
- The 7:00 PM show will start with a relatively short, but totally hilarious fundraising auction, and be followed by live music and dancing at the House Hotel Saloon.
- Gala Package Tickets, which include 2-day admission to Barkerville, tickets for all three gala theatre shows, plus the House Hotel after-party, are $40.00 per person and are available at the Theatre Royal Box Office.
- Individual show tickets can be purchased at either the Visitors’ Reception Centre or the Theatre Royal Box Office.
- Call the Theatre Royal Box Office for more information: 250-994-3225
Special for 2017
- For the first time ever, A.Y. Jackson’s painting “Barkerville, B.C.” will be presented to the public at Barkerville’s Visitors’ Reception Centre at 2:00 PM on Saturday, June 17, where it will remain on display for the entirety of the 2017 season.
- The painting, which was the result of a sketching and painting trip Jackson made to the area in 1949 en route to Onward Ranch near 150 Mile House, is of three buildings at the south end of Barkerville.
- One of the buildings pictured, now called the Kwong Sang Wing store, still exists in Barkerville and can be visited daily.
- Alexander Young Jackson was a Canadian painter and founding member of the Group of Seven, a group of Canadian landscape painters in the early 20th-century originally consisting of Franklin Carmichael, Lawren Harris, A. Y. Jackson, Frank Johnston, Arthur Lismer, J. E. H. MacDonald, and Frederick Varley.
- A. Y. Jackson’s “Barkerville, B.C.” appears courtesy of Peter Wright.
”From Quesnel there is a lovely drive to Barkerville, the famous old mining town built at the time of the gold rush a hundred years ago. It must have been an exciting place in its day, but apart from the little church there is not much left of it now. The whole place should have been preserved as a memorial to the pioneers of British Columbia. There are still a few old timers who make a living washing for gold in the creeks.” A.Y. Jackson, A Painter’s Country: The Autobiography of A. Y. Jackson
1. A. Y. Jackson’s “Barkerville, B.C.” – photo by Heffel Fine Art Auction House
2. Barkerville’s Kwong Sang Wing – photo by Chris Sharpe