Fluvarium auctioning Mary Pratt piece to keep doors open and kids' programming alive
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Fluvarium auctioning Mary Pratt piece to keep doors open and kids’ programming alive

The Fluvarium in St. John’s is a popular place for children, with exhibits about fish and wildlife, as well as tanks with things like fish, frogs and toads. (Zach Goudie/CBC) The funding situation at the Fluvarium in St. John’s has gotten so dire the foundation is selling the art off its walls to keep the doors open. "We’re in a big bind," John Perlin, chair emeritus of the Fluvarium Foundation, told CBC’s St. John’s Morning Show . To keep people paid, at least for a few more weeks, the Fluvarium has put up an original Mary Pratt piece of artwork for auction. "We think that Mary would be very happy that we can use this money to help keep the doors open," Perlin said. John Perlin, chairman emeritus of the Fluvarium, says the funding problem is due to a lack of corporate sponsorship. (Zach Goudie/CBC) The piece up for auction through Consignor Canadian Fine Art in Toronto is Bonfire , a mixed-media piece not in the late artist’s usual iconic style. Pratt made the work in 1997. The auction company has agreed to waive its commission to help the foundation’s finances. Perlin said the piece was originally given as […]

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