Matthew Teitelbaum, director and CEOof the Art Gallery of O ntario, pictured centre with Gloria Jollymore and Robert Campbell, was the guest speaker at a luncheon for the Purdy Crawford Centre for the Arts official opening. The celebration culminated with a fitting garnet and gold ribbon cutting by the Crawford family and leadership donors. As well, there was a serenade of Alma Mater Fanfare — arranged especially for the opening by Dr. Kevin Morse (’02), performed by Mount Allison Music students under the direction of James Kalyn — and then a magical garnet and gold balloon drop from the third floor — the perfect ending to a historic day. Along with the opening of the Centre, the inaugural Fine Arts Alumni Exhibition was displayed on all three floors of the PCCA. The exhibition featured more than 60 pieces of artwork from alumni spanning 60 years, including pieces from Tom Forrestall (’58), Herménégilde Chiasson (’72), Mary Pratt (’57), and Michael deAdder (’91). “Being part of something like this is quite an emotional moment actually because I think of all the people I have studied with and who were here with me. I really take this as an honour,” says Chiasson. Hundreds gathered on all three levels of the Purdy Crawford Centre for the Arts for the official opening celebrations. Vaughan (’15), Bob (’50), and Bruce (’77) Barritt, three generations of Allisonians, were on hand for the official opening of the Purdy Crawford Centre for the Arts. Bob’s graduating self portrait, shown behind the trio, was part of the alumni art exhibition in the new building. The Motyer-Fancy Theatre, named in honour of alumni and professors emeriti of drama Dr. Arthur Motyer (’45) and Prof. Alex Fancy (’61), also featured its first performance on Oct. 3. Curtains: A celebration of Theatre at Mount Allison included more than 25 current and former students to reprise sections of favourite performances from the past few years. “Mount Allison prides itself on its academic excellence, but the University has always been committed to providing students with opportunities to learn and develop both within and outside the classroom. The Purdy Crawford Centre for the Arts brings these two philosophies together,” says Campbell. If you missed the event, visit www.mtalive.ca to check out interviews and moments captured throughout the official opening. About Purdy Crawford (’52, LLD ’91) Purdy Crawford (CC, QC, LLM, LLD) was an Allisonian whose remarkable career left an indelible mark on Canada’s business and philanthropic communities. He was an outstanding corporate leader, mentor, and important contributor to public policy. Purdy’s impact on the Mount Allison community has been immeasurable. He led several major fund raising campaigns, and served as chair of the Board of Regents and as Chancellor. The Purdy Crawford Centre for the Arts honours him for his outstanding career and extraordinary contributions to Mount Allison. / 15