There were five exhibitions. One of them, featuring Emily Carr, must be permanent or semi-permanent, because I saw it last summer as well. It struck me how many of the works in it belong to the gallery, having been donated in the course of the last 40+ years. Back in the 1960s the AGGV had an almost negligible permanent collection; that day is now long past.
Of the visiting exhibitions, one, featuring works by David Blackwood, came from the AGO. The other consisted of Japanese photos held in an Alberta museum. There was also a fine exhibition of Japanese woodcuts. The soft music was entirely appropriate: I felt myself becoming more tranquil by the minute. Visitors to Victoria owe it to themselves to visit this gallery.
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