Art gallery cel­e­brates record year

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The Van­cou­ver Art Gallery says it has set a new at­ten­dance record of more than 600,000 in 2017-18.

The gallery said the fig­ure beats last year’s at­ten­dance by close to 100,000. Mem­ber­ship passed 37,000.

“Look­ing back, it has been, by all ac­counts, a mile­stone year for the gallery marked by ex­cep­tional pro­grams, record at­ten­dance and rev­enue,” Kath­leen S. Bar­tels, VAG di­rec­tor, said in the re­lease.

The VAG’s num­bers in­clude at­ten­dance at the gallery and an es­ti­mate of the num­ber of peo­ple who vis­ited Off­site, the gallery’s pub­lic art site on West Ge­or­gia.

The VAG’s num­bers were boosted by two ma­jor ex­hi­bi­tions: Claude Monet’s Se­cret Gar­den in the sum­mer of 2017 and Takashi Mu­rakami: The Oc­to­pus Eats Its Own Leg ear­lier this year.

The gallery an­nounced it has ac­quired 240 new art works which brings the col­lec­tion to al­most 12,000.

The gallery’s op­er­a­tional rev­enue was $21.4 mil­lion, which ex­ceeded bud­geted ex­pec­ta­tions by $1.4 mil­lion. Ad­mis­sions gen­er­ated al­most $5 mil­lion, mem­ber­ships $1.25 mil­lion and re­tail sales $3.9 mil­lion.

NICK PROCAYLO/PNG FILES

KATH­LEEN S. BAR­TELS

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