Arlene Claudia Wasylynchuk
September 15, 1947 – September 27, 2012
The Art Gallery of Alberta is very sad to announce the loss of a close friend and inspiring Alberta artist. Arlene Claudia Wasylynchuk passed away peacefully on September 27, 2012, surrounded by her loving family. We will never forget her kindness, generosity, strength, bravery, creativity and her spirit for life and adventure. Her spirit will live on in the people she touched, in her art which is the lasting legacy of her creativity, and in nature, which surrounds us and inspired her work. Arlene was a great friend to the AGA; she worked tirelessly to support the Gallery though her involvement with Art on the Block for the past 5 years.
This summer, the AGA was also very proud to announce that Arlene was awarded the inaugural Eldon & Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize for her installation, Saltus Illuminati , which was presented at the AGA from October 15, 2011–January 15, 2012. Arlene will be greatly missed by both the AGA and the local art community, and we extend our deepest sympathies to her family and friends.
A celebration of Arlene’s life will be held on November 5, 2012 from 2–4 pm at the Art Gallery of Alberta. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Arlene to Pancreatic Cancer Canada or the Canadian Cancer Society at 1-800-661-2262.