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Tobey C. Anderson

ANDERSON, Tobey C. - Visual artist, cultural activist and avid fisherman slipped away from this life peacefully at the Stabler Centre, Niagara Hospice on February 9th, 2014. He was born in Washington, DC and raised in Clinton, Iowa before arriving in Canada in 1969 to take a teaching position at the Fine Art Department of St. Lawrence College in Kingston, eventually becoming Chair of the Visual Arts. In the late 1970s he was instrumental in the establishment of the Kingston Artists Association Inc., now Modern Fuel, an artist-run centre. It was during this time that he established lifelong friendships with artists in Kingston, Ottawa, Peterborough and St. Catharines through his activism with CARO, (Canadian Artists Representation of Ontario). He moved to St. Catharines after taking the position of Director at the Niagara Artists Centre (NAC) where he served the cultural community for eight years and was Founding Chair of the St. Catharines Culture Committee in 2001. He left NAC and went on to establish CRAM Gallery and Collective, the world's smallest art gallery situated on James Street in St. Catharines. Through CRAM International he not only offered exhibition space and support for many local artists, but also initiated and produced international exchange exhibitions with Cuban artists based in Santiago de Cuba. He was instrumental in coordinating the donation and shipment of vital necessities to that community as well. As a prolific and internationally respected visual artist, Tobey left behind an impressive body of work, including The New American Century Project composed of over 150 portraits of Canadian casualties of the Afghanistan war. The Shock and Awe Trilogy, and DU Babies Series continued his exploration, which fearlessly exposed the human faces of the combat casualties, both military and civilian, and was the subject of national media attention. His paintings are in numerous private and institutional collections. He was also an avid fisherman, devoting almost as much passion to the art of angling as his artistic endeavours, and enjoyed fishing the Niagara River, Baxter Creek in Millbrook, Ontario and fly-fishing on the Upper Grand River. He recently made fishing trips to Oregon in pursuit of the rainbow trout, his favourite game fish, and Florida. Humourous, compassionate, loving, caring, generous and determined, Tobey will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. He is survived by his loving, long-time partner Carolyn Wren, and sons Luke Anderson and Dominick Abrams-Anderson who were all at his bedside when he passed. He is also survived by sons Tobey Jr., Jake, and his daughter Katie, his sister Judith, his brothers Tracey and Flint Anderson, as well as his beloved granddaughters Isabelle and Kaitlin. Special thanks to Dr. Greavette, Dr. Levesque, Dr. Asabi, Dr. Kerley, the nurses and PSWs at the General Hospital and Hospice Niagara. To Darrell Nutbrown and Judy Maitland for their compassionate care, and Cindy Chudyk and Peter Wing for their help and support. At Tobey's request, a celebration of his life will be held on his birthday in June at his home and studio. Further information will follow closer to the date. Donations in memory of Tobey can be made to Rodman Hall Arts Centre or Hospice Niagara.12708662
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My deepest condolences
Posted by Matt Harley (friend and fellow artist) On Thursday, March 13, 2014
Carolyn, Luke, Dom, and all of the inner circle.

Tobey is among the finest human beings I've been lucky enough to spend time with, work with, laugh with... It would feel like our friendship wasn't long enough but for his making it seem like we knew each other forever. I'm very happy to have known him what little I did. I feel for you who knew him intimately and now, based on the loss this relative newcomer feels, must miss him terribly.

My best wishes for you all.

Until the future,


Posted by Gus Mazzocca (Friend/colleague) On Sunday, February 23, 2014
Extremely sorry to learn of Tobey's death. With my brief association with Tobey, throught the Cuban connection,I found him to be a wonderful open and engaging person. What he was accomplishing with his energy, and apparently weakened strenght, was remarkable. His socially conscious work along with his global vision in bringing folks together is a huge loss.

My sincere condolences to Carolyn, Tobey's family, and all his Cuban and Canadian collegues. - With my warm regards. Gus Mazzocca

Remembering Tobe
Posted by Pat Robertson (art friend) On Sunday, February 23, 2014
Toby has left the art community a richer place thanks to his creative stimulation for so many years. He helped cultivate our fledgeling women's art collective "side by each" almost 20 years ago by encouraging us and giving us exhibition space at NAC. We were also his first show as newly appointed director of NAC. He will be remembered for his cheerfully delivered cryptic comments and support for creative thinkers!

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