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Dwelling: People and Place

September 2019 – April 2020

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The Smith Foundation is honoured to be the proud new owner of a 100 year old Steinway & Sons baby grand piano. Donated by Kathryn Allison in memory of her mother Barbara Allison, a friend and student of Gordon Smith.

The donation of the Steinway piano is in memory of my mother, Barbara Allison. She trained as an opera singer, but when she became a single parent, she went back to school to become a teacher. She met Gordon Smith when she took his Fine Arts Teaching Methods course at UBC. They became great pals and he encouraged her to nurture every child’s creativity, not just the prodigies. Gordon Smith inspired my mother’s teaching practice, and made it possible for me to paint murals all over my bedroom walls. She relented, only because he approved!

Kathryn Allison
Lixia Li plays the 100-year-old Steinway & Sons baby grand piano gifted to the Gordon & Marion Smith Foundation by Kathryn Allison. Photo by Cindy Goodman.