Guelph, Ont., May 27, 2019 – Balnar Management Ltd. has gifted the City of Guelph a five-panel art piece of the Carousel at Riverside Park painted by Marlene Jofriet. The panels were installed in the Market Square Pavilion on May 24.
“We’re honoured by the gift from Balnar Management,” says Stacey Dunnigan, manager of Culture and Tourism with the City of Guelph. “The playful nature of the piece makes it a perfect fit for Market Square.”
The panels were originally painted in 1990 and sold by Gail Barber to be placed in a private collection, where they resided for 25 years. Eventually, the artwork made its way back to Barber in 2015, who had the vision of displaying it in downtown Guelph. Her idea was supported by Michael Balnar, President of Balnar Management.
The donation proposal was received and approved by the City’s Council-appointed Public Art Advisory Committee. City staff worked with Barber to acquire, assess, appraise and conserve the piece, for its final display in Market Square. C&J Designs created custom cases to protect and preserve the artwork. All costs associated with the artwork and installation were covered by Balnar.
“We are very pleased with the final outcome,” says Balnar. “Marlene’s artwork is vibrant and eye catching. We hope both adults and children alike will enjoy it.”
About the Artist
Now a full-time artist, Marlene originally graduated with a degree in architecture from Canterbury College of Art and Architecture in the U.K. Focussing on urban and rural landscapes, she creates colourful and impressionistic works using acrylics and watercolours. While her art is featured in collections around the world, Marlene resides in Guelph, working and teaching out of her home studio.
Stacey Dunnigan, Manager of Culture and Tourism
Culture, Tourism and Community Investment, Public Services
City of Guelph
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