Donations for Ukraine, Celebration of Life Stolen from Williams Lake Art Gallery in Break-in – Williams Lake Tribune

Support for relief in Ukraine and a celebration of life for famous local potter Bev Pemberton recently took a hit when a thief stole funds from the Station House Gallery.

The loss was part of a ‘substantial loss’ after a burglary on Tuesday May 31 at the Station House Gallery in Williams Lake.

Diane Toop, the gallery’s executive director, said she received a call from the alarm company at 2:30 a.m., and she and the RCMP attended the scene.

What she found upon arrival was a mess, with her office and gallery storage in disarray.

“We were very grateful that the artwork was untouched,” Toop said.

However, $650 in funds donated for Ukraine Aid, the $200 in donations for the celebration of life of Bev Pemberton, which is scheduled to take place at the gallery on Saturday, June 11, and $400 from the gallery she -even were all taken.

“It’s a substantial loss for us as a nonprofit,” Toop said. “And very discouraging.”

The celebration of life for Pemberton will still continue Saturday at 2 p.m.

“Bev was the rock that got the gallery through tough times during Bev’s many years as president of the society. His savvy and dedication to the gallery gave the society the continuity that has made it the cornerstone of arts and culture that it is today. And she was always fun. Still.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Williams Lake RCMP.

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