City catches ‘Big Fish’ after anonymous donor is released

The painting donated by Dennis Geden, valued at $ 35,000, is “an iconic piece and will be a wonderful addition to the city’s collection.”

The City of North Bay accepted an anonymous donation of an original oil on canvas painting by Dennis Geden titled “Big Fish” following a closed session of North Bay City Council at its regular meeting , Tuesday.

“We have quite a few works of art,” Deputy Mayor Tanya Vrebosch said. “It is an iconic piece and will be a wonderful addition to the city’s collection.”

Visual artist Dennis Geden was born and raised in North Bay, where he has his art studio. He is a founding member of the White Water Gallery. Geden’s paintings and prints have been exhibited across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Europe. In 2001, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Nipissing University, where he also taught in the Department of Fine Arts.

The donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, will receive a tax receipt for the appraised value of the painting of $ 35,000.

“We want to thank the donor. This is not the first coin they gave us,” Vrebosch said and Mayor Al McDonald added that a letter would be sent on behalf of the city council and citizens to thank them. .

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