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The Grandmothers

Veronica Funk

February 5 @ 10:00 am - April 2 @ 4:00 pm

Closed Sundays & Mondays

While going through old family photographs Veronica began to wonder how she could honour those women who came before us. She loved the idea of remembering what our grandmothers have done, often without recognition, so for the 52 weeks beginning in January 2020 she began creating a body work consisting of weekly portrait paintings based on photographs and stories that have been shared with her. Her goal was to include grandmothers and great-grandmothers and to hear their stories in order to share the challenges and successes of these women.

As the Covid-19 pandemic hit worldwide during this process, she found The Grandmothers project to be even more important.  So many women survived world wars, droughts, poverty, violence and illness. They were uprooted from their families and still found a way to support and encourage their children and grandchildren.
Each day she entered her studio, she was encouraged by the faces and stories of these women. With this project she wanted to share the beautiful, strong, encouraging women who have made a difference in the lives of their families, through their portraits and by sharing the stories and memories of their sacrifices and how they overcame their own challenges. They give her hope.  

Beginning The Grandmothers project also had Veronica reminiscing about her father. He was born in South America and began working at 11 years of age. Their large family imported items from Brazil to Paraguay using an old, unreliable truck which often stalled in the treacherous mountain passes. This required throwing wood blocks under the tires to keep the truck from plummeting down the mountain. It was also when he started smoking. At 19 he drove Veronica’s mother to the city of Asuncion to apply for passports in order to emigrate to Canada for a better political situation and for opportunity. He had a voracious appetite for education and an admirable work ethic and was able to work his way from being a miner to a senior manager. He was always grateful to live in a country that allows everyone the opportunity to do anything they dream of with enough dedication & hard work. This also meant that Veronica and her brother were expected to do well in school as he felt access to education was a great privilege. He instilled in her pride in her country, a strong work ethic and love of learning.

With The Grandmothers project, Veronica honours the women who have done the same, through their portraits & sharing the stories of their sacrifices and how they overcame their own challenges. 


February 5 @ 10:00 am
April 2 @ 4:00 pm
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