Getting all squared up for an HSAD student
|By Lisa Gervais - Editor | August 9 2018|
Haliburton artists can definitely be accused of being square as a new art fundraiser takes shape for the fall.
Dubbed ‘art squared,’ the idea will see artists donate 12 inch by 12 inch canvasses that will then be sold, with the proceeds going towards a bursary fund for a Haliburton School of Art and Design (HSAD) student.
Deborah Reed is a spokeswoman for the organizers. They are a group of painters that took Carole Finn’s winter acrylics class. One of them, Denise LeBlanc, viewed the concept at another Ontario art gallery.
“We’ve modified that and added new spins,” Reed told The Highlander.
Other planning members are Dagmar Boettcher, Holly Hutchison, Nancy Gosse, Olga Chudnovsky and Finn, who has offered her artists’ centre as a venue
The committee is encouraging, and already collecting, varnished, wired 12” by 12” by 1.5” finished canvases painted of any style in acrylic, oil, watercolour or découpage. Both local and near-local professional and emerging artists are being invited to donate.
Reed said they hope it will become an annual event since it’s intended to boost interest and investment in painting and the Haliburton County art scene.
She said there’s also a teen category with identical expectations that will have its own wall in Finn’s gallery so high school or private art teachers might want to encourage participation as part of a project.
“It’s also an impetus to donate creativity in the very name of creativity. We call ourselves ‘artists helping artists’ to further celebrate our loyalty to HSAD, where many of us have studied or taught,” Reed said.
The Art Squared sale event will be at the centre on Friday, Nov. 2. Prospective buyers will gather at the Dominion Hotel beginning at 5:30 p.m., and be called 10 people at a time by ticket number order (lottery draw style) to the centre to make their purchases. The centre will be open from Saturday, Oct. 27 to opening night for previewing paintings for sale.
“We expect to have collected several dozen paintings by then,” Reed said.
She said each donated painting will be sold for $100. All proceeds will go directly to a bursary fund to help a deserving HSAD student afford the college tuition (around $1,500). HSAD itself is selecting the recipient(s) of this bursary.
“We may raise enough through this year’s Art Squared to invest in another student, or in the beginnings of next year’s bursary,” Reed said.
She said that all details around expectations, and contacts, are available by liking their Facebook page, ART SQUARED HALIBURTON COUNTY. Those without Facebook may drop in to the centre at 15 Newcastle St., Minden or email email@example.com
LISA GERVAIS is the editor for The Highlander.