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Profile Last Updated: May 22, 2009
From delicate pieces of locally made jewelry to high-impact canvases by artists like Phyllis Serota, there’s a wide variety of art on display at Mercurio. The shop boasts paintings and prints, ceramics, pottery, sculptures and Inuit pieces — all by Island artists. The gallery is one of Victoria’s youngest, but quickly established itself as one to watch when Phyllis Serota held her annual Valentine’s Day painting show at the new gallery in 2008. Hosting the work of one of the city’s most senior and valuable artists was a huge coup for the small space that’s been dazzling art lovers ever since!
Focus on the Limners Group
Vancouver Island has been home to many celebrated artists, among them the Limners Group — 18 Victoria-area artists who came together in the early 1970s. Mercurio specializes in presenting the work of this significant group, and boats the most comprehensive collection in town. Almost all the members of the Limners Group had or has their own studio, and the purpose of the group’s formation was neither political nor theoretical, but rather social — a way to counter the isolated life of an artist. The Limners’ roster includes art luminaries and others who are not well known outside of Victoria. Mercurio’s roster includes Myfanwy Pavelic, Richard Ciccimarra, Herbert Siebner, Max Bates, Pat Martin Bates and others.
Trusted Name in Art Dealing
Mercurio owner Kym Hill is a well-known businesswoman and artist in Victoria. She’s the founder of Le Soleil Jewellers, which opened in the ’70s, and where Hill still designs custom-made jewelry. Three decades later, she opened Mercurio right next door to Le Soleil, as a way to display the local artwork she has collected. Building on her reputation as a purveyor of beautiful, valuable, one-of-a-kind treasures, Hill quickly established herself as a knowledgeable art dealer.