Madawaska Valley’s Tourism and Culture Coordinator, Anja Gansterer is exploring the possibility of bringing some of painter William Kurelek’s work to the Railway Station in Barry’s Bay.

Kurelek spent time in the area and created paintings which hold significant cultural and historical value to the township.

His works are currently housed in the Hamilton and Niagara’s art galleries and Barry’s Bay is a long way from meeting the requirements to house them.

Community Development Coordinator Paul Nopper says the Railway Station must meet lighting, atmospheric and temperature standards to display the paintings.

The Railway Station would first need to join the Ontario Association of Art Galleries and need a board to assume responsibility and secure funding.

Nopper says it’s a long process and there are other famous artists – such as the group of seven – who have works from the Madawaska Valley which could inspire exhibits in the future.