Queen’s Park Healthcare Foundation seeks assistance in solving a mystery in New West

A local organization could use a little help from Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys – or you – in solving the Mystery of the Wood Cuts.

Lizz Kelly, executive director of the Queen's Park Healthcare Foundation, said the foundation has a “bit of a mystery” on its hands and needs help uncovering some community history. She said the foundation was gifted some beautiful wood cuts in the early 1990s, but can’t find the artist who made them.

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“They are all reliefs of local New Westminster iconic landmarks or events,” she said in an email to the Record. “The artist is Raymond Taylor, yet when I Google his name nothing comes up. I have reached out to local historians and arts community but no one seems to know of him.”

The foundation is gifting some of Taylor’s works to the Arts Council of New Westminster to be a part of its permanent collection. The artworks depict a variety of places and events in New Westminster including bridges, the Ancient and Honourable Hyack Anvil Battery salute, Columbia Street, Holy Trinity Cathedral, May Day, the B.C. Pen, the Quay and more.

“In December of this year there will be a showing of all 11 wood cuts, as well prints of one at The Gallery at Queen’s Park,” Kelly said. “We would love to have the artist there, or his family, to recognize the beauty of his art and his commitment to the Queen’s Park Healthcare Foundation.”

Anyone with information about Raymond Taylor, can contact Lizz Kelly at 604-517-8661 or lizz.kelly@fraserhealth.ca.

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