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April 19, 2012

April is the cruelest month.” Written ninety years ago, T.S. Eliot’s words only now carry a sore gravity in my heart.

Last Saturday, a great artist and good friend, Vera Jacyk passed away.

Together we worked on several projects over recent years–beginning with a solo exhibition of her work at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery (Oshawa) in the spring of 2007. This show later travelled to the MacLaren Art Centre (Barrie).

Vera’s art had a profound effect not only on me but also on everyone who experienced her work. It stayed with you. It changed you.

Vera was an exceptional artist. She brought solace, grace and peace to a broken world. During her Oshawa show, I witnessed something very rarely seen in a contemporary art gallery: tears. People were moved to tears when they experienced Vera’s art. In her artist statement, she wrote: “My work deals with that which is not in plain view… I want my art to be about the effect of keeping secrets… my art does not have to be about exposing secrets themselves.”

We will remember, share stories and celebrate Vera’s life and art in the coming days. We never imagined these days without her. We’ll miss you, Vera!

Please visit Vera’s obituary by clicking here.

Vera's glove in the artist's hand

Vera's glove in the artist's hand