The Caetani Cultural Centre Society is very pleased to announce that it has received a major donation in the amount of $70,000 in the form of a recent bequest from Vernon artist Joan Heriot in 2013.
Joan Heriot was a long time friend and companion to Sveva Caetani, sharing an interest in art and culture and a strong interest in community. She lived in the Caetani house for many years in a suite on the second floor.
Born in the Okanagan, and a zoologist by training, Joan returned to “retirement” in Canada after many years in England, and turned her extensive talents towards capturing the unique qualities of light present in the vast Okanagan landscape through her well-known explorations in pastel.
The Caetani Centre has also received several small works and prints from Joan’s private collection.
Joan was a strong supporter of Sveva’s vision of establishing the Caetani house and grounds as an Artist in Residence centre where visiting and local artists could exchange ideas and skills, and share this creativity with the local community.
Joan’s bequest will be added to the original Sveva Caetani bequest, held by the Community Foundation of the North Okanagan, for assisting with the ongoing upkeep of the house and grounds, and will contribute towards the continued success of the Caetani Cultural Centre.
One of the studios located on the grounds above the courtyard was renovated and named after Joan Heriot, in her honour.
We are very grateful for this impressive and much needed bequest and also for the vote of confidence that we have received from such an outstanding long-time member of the Greater Vernon cultural community, Ms. Joan Heriot.
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