Art lovers in Kenora are looking forward to the new year, but there's a price tag.

"It's great to see the progress on the building now that it's coming up out of the ground. Daily, we're seeing changes to the building, so that's very exciting," said Lori Nelson, following her deputation to council.

Between the museum and the gallery, the city is being asked for about $480,000 in the 2019 operating budget.That's up from the estimate of about $300,000 for just the museum in 2018.

"I think from the public support we've received, there's a recognition of the value of such a space in this community, and I think there's a recognition of the value of such a space in this community. There's also a recognition of the arts to people's well-being," Nelson added.

Visitors should be able to see the new collection of Lake of the Woods art this summer. The $4.5 million gallery is located next to the Lake of the Woods Museum.

"I think it's a great tourist attraction, as well. So, the economic benefits are there. We have a significant art collection that is forming the foundation of the collection," Nelson noted.

W.J. Phillips was inspired by the Lake of the Woods, and his prints and watercolours will form the core of the new gallery's collection.

For more information:

Gallery fundraising complete

2018 City of Kenora Budget

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