Saturday, November 6, 2010

Little Gems Fundraiser Art Show

 Here I am just before the opening of "Little Gems Fundraiser Show" at the Community Arts Council in Victoria. The arts have suffered such debilitating funding cuts, that the arts of Victoria have donated works for a show to raise money to keep the Council alive. I'm standing beside my Mexican themed painting 'Salsa!'

 I took this shot just as the first few artists and patons started to arrive. It was a truly wonderful evening and many red dots began to appear.

Victoria's Art Critic Robert Amos performed a very spirited reading from James Joyce's Ulysses, which brought much laughter to the room. A much acclaimed artist himself,  Robert also donated a work to the show.

Victoria's Art Icon Pat Martin Bates regaled us with a story from her youth, a reading from her autobiography
"It Is I Patricia". Pat is an internationally acclaimed artist, who is literally part of the art history of  British Columbia. She is a huge advocate for the arts and is tireless in her efforts. It is such an honour to have a piece of my work hanging in a show with work by Pat Martin Bates. The show continues through November 17, at the CAC, in Sussex Court at Fort and Douglas. So if you are in the area, drop by and take advantage of purchasing a piece of original artwork by a local artist for yourself or perhaps a gift for someone, and at the same time supporting the arts in Victoria.



  1. That looks like a fun time! Your painting looks terrific hanging there!

  2. What a terrific cause:) Someone will be very lucky to have a little Salsa in their home.

  3. Merci ma chère Claire de nous faire partager d'un moment précieux de votre opening.
    Plein de bonnes choses à vous avec de gros bisous.

  4. Congratulations Claire. It looks like it was an exciting evening and successful for the arts.

  5. Thank you everyone for all your good wishes. I really hope that Victoria's artists are able to pull the Community Arts Council through this very difficult time. It was great to see so many established and acclaimed artists rubbing elbows with mid-career and newbie artists, with everyone committed to the same cause. I'll let you know how the fund raising goes as the show continues.