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Gallery fundraiser a success

The Doris McCarthy Gallery raised $20,000 at a fundraiser last month, selling limited edition collagraph prints made from plates carved by McCarthy after her first trip to the Arctic.


The cut and collaged, cardboard plates were made in 1972 and belong to the Gallery’s archival collection. DMG Director/Curator, Ann MacDonald, formed a small committee that approached Jill Graham, a Master Printer at Toronto’s Open Studio with the idea of running a second edition of the prints. Graham set to work and in August 2010, was able to visit McCarthy at her home to show her a few test prints. Doris approved of the work and enthusiastically agreed that all proceeds should support the acquisition of new art works for the DMG’s Permanent Collection. Graham was able to produce a limited number of prints featuring Doris’s iconic images of the far north.


MacDonald said that the fundraiser was a great success, and that several prints were snapped up by McCarthy collectors. She added, “…prints can be an affordable way to collect art by artists whose work is otherwise inaccessible.” There are still some remaining prints and details on how you too, can add a McCarthy to your personal art collection can be found at

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