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(June 28, 2001, Gazette)

Harlow an invaluable experience

Dear Editor,

The latest issue of the Gazette, with its feature article on Harlow, reminded me of my intention to write to you following my own experience in the Visual Arts program at that campus.
I had the privilege of participating in Grenfell’s VA program at Harlow in the spring and summer of 2000, and I cannot overemphasize the benefits these courses offer to the visual arts students, especially those studying in Newfoundland. Our province does not provide the gallery and museum opportunities available to art students in larger centres, and being able to view works in some of Europe’s finest galleries, accompanied by Dr. Gerard Curtis’ knowledgeable lectures, is an invaluable experience. All of this, combined with the cultural experience, the possibility for some extended travels in Europe, as well as group co-operative living, makes for an extremely important addition to the Visual Arts program.

I am a “mature” student, and have had several visits to London and other European centres in the years since the mid-‘60s. But a year of art history study, along with the Harlow lectures and field trips, have given me a whole new appreciation for the art work I revisited and introduced me to works and artists that were new to me. I also enjoyed the English architecture with a new appreciation, and reveled in the English countryside. I can only imagine the impact of this adventure on a young student.

I hope this program will continue, if not expand. It would be wonderful if the Harlow component could be a mandatory part of the VA program, as it is for the Theatre Arts. I do believe the experience is invaluable and extraordinary.

Sincerely yours,

Shirley Greer
Pasadena, NF

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