The Sybil Andrews Cottage resides in its original location on the oceanside in Willow Point, at the south end of Campbell River. It takes its name from one of Campbell River’s most well known artists who once lived there, and who is warmly remembered by her many students and admired for her unique works. Today, the Cottage is appropriately the home of the Campbell River Arts Council which supports local artists through shows and programs that encourage artistic development.
Sybil Andrews was born in 1898, and early on exhibited a keen interest in art. Upon completion of her secondary education, she took an art correspondence course, while at the same time working as a welder in an airplane factory during World War I. After the war, she became employed as an art teacher at Portland House School in Bury St. Edmunds.
By 1922, Andrews was able to pursue her art education further, and attended Heatherley's School of Fine Art in London. Upon completion of her course of studies there, she worked as a secretary at the Grosvenor School of Modern Art, where she also took courses. It was here that she developed an interest in coloured linocuts.
In her lifetime, Andrews became an internationally renowned artist most famous for the linocuts she produced from the late 1920s through 1988. She came to Campbell River in 1947, emigrating from England with her husband Walter. At their cottage by the sea, Andrews had an art studio, and it was here that she gave lessons to her students. She has been quoted as saying that she was inspired by the views from her home of the Islands of Desolation sound and the BC Coastal Mountain range.
In her book The Artists Kitchen published in 1985, Andrews outlined her philosophy of art, and the book has since become a valued collector's item.
The tour of the cottage will be hosted by the CR Arts Council Executive Director Ken Blackburn, and delegates from the City of Campbell River will discuss the Cottage’s heritage status and recent renovations.