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Sherry and Brian Kelly and Family

Wherever they go, Sherry and Brian Kelly enjoy touring art galleries. “Cities are very proud of their galleries,” says Sherry. “A gallery brings art to the people, and it’s accessible and inclusive — anybody can visit.”

“A community art gallery enhances a city,” Brian says. “Art can transport you to another time and place, and bring out different views on society.”

In addition to assisting sports teams, the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan, the Food Bank and other organizations, Sherry and Brian support Remai Modern. The Kelly family, including son Brent, his wife, Amy, and their sons Liam and Kieran, have generously donated $100,000 to the new museum. To acknowledge this gift, the fourth-floor library will be named for the family.

The library connection delights Sherry, an avid reader who volunteers with the Friends of the Saskatoon Public Library.

Sherry grew up in MacNutt, near Yorkton. Brian’s family farmed in the Regina area. They met at university in Regina. She went on to careers with Saskatchewan’s Credit Unions — for which she set up the first automated tellers in North America — and as an accountant. Brian found his niche with car dealerships. With General Motors, they moved from Regina to Swift Current, Saskatoon, Victoria, and Toronto. After Brent was born, they settled permanently in Saskatoon.

Brian started the city’s Acura dealership, and brought Volkswagen back to Saskatoon. He is now a consultant with Vaughn Wyant Automotive Group.

Brent and Amy are professionals raising their family in Saskatoon.

The Kellys are enthusiastic about Saskatoon’s cultural offerings, including Persephone Theatre, the SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, and particularly the exciting new Remai Modern.

“We’ve been well treated by Saskatoon,” Brian says, “and we’re pleased to give a little something back that will help this momentous project succeed.”