Annette with Jerry and Margaret Pethick in Paris/1983
Born May 17, 1946 in Edmonton, Alberta died peacefully February 16, 2012 at the Victoria Hospice. Annette is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Joss and Nick and the grandsons she utterly adored, Matisse and River.
Annette forged friendships generously and nourished them well, leaving a large international mishpocha much saddened by her passing.
After earning her M.A. at the University of Saskatchewan and trying her hand at farming in Nova Scotia, Annette moved with Joss to Hornby Island in 1977. There she influenced generations as a schoolteacher before embarking on a 25-year career as a celebrated curator, arts administrator and writer.
From her base on Hornby, with occasional residencies in Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto, Regina and Kamloops she mounted dozens of exhibitions and mentored many young curators. Those who knew her loved her gift for conversation, her critical mind, her feminism, her love of nature and her passion for justice and art.
A celebration of Annette's life will take place on Hornby during the Victoria long weekend.
Donations in honour of Annette may be made to UBC in support of Curatorial Studies students (www.supporting.ubc.ca/annettehurtig).