Barkerville is coming to Barkerville.
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 p.m. on Saturday, June 17, where it will remain on display for the entirety of the 2017 season, according to a post on the Barkerville Blog.
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.
Also on Saturday, 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 p.m., Cariboo Gold Quartz Radio Hour at 4 p.m., and Mrs. McGinley’s Gold Rush Variety Show at 7 p.m.
The 7 p.m. 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.
Call the Theatre Royal Box Office for more information: 250-994-3225.