Last Thursday evening was the Artists' Reception for all those who had donated works of art to the CNIB Eye Appeal, the national annual event to raise funds for the blind. As I said in my last post, as visual artists it is difficult to imagine having impaired sight or no sight at all. Being inspired daily by our sense of sight is what makes us create, so it's fitting that Victoria's artists join forces and help make this evening a grand success. Here I am beside my still life in oils.
The event took place in Crystal Gardens which is an historic building, now part of the Conference Center. It started out in the early 1900's as a glass roofed swimming pool. With all of that natural light coming through, it's the perfect venue for an art show and auction.
Here is Jean Wilmhurst, friend and fellow artist, who I met through the Federation of Canadian Artists. Jean is a very talented acrylic and watercolour artist. She is shown here posing beside her donation - a gorgeous watercolour of Blue Poppies.
These last two photos show some of the works for live and silent auction. Many of BC's highest calibre artists were part of this event, so I felt quite humbled to be a part of it. I haven't heard the outcome of the evening yet, but it was sold out, so no doubt it was a success.