It has been in my thoughts for a long time - "How can I find a way to give back?". There are so many causes out there that need help and in this financial climate, they are hurting for support. With July 8, 2017 being the 100th anniversary of Tom Thomson's death, and with him being such an inspiration to myself and so many other Canadian artists, I felt that this date was the time for me to take action. I created a painting that pays homage to Thomson.
With Canada celebrating it's 150th Birthday this year, I decided to make 150 prints. 25% of sales will go directly to support charity. Which charities, you ask?
A Canadian icon, Gord Downie is committed to improving the lives of First Peoples. The Fund is focused on cross-cultural education to support healing and recovery for Indigenous Peoples in Canada who have been impacted by the residential school system. The goal is to end the pattern of misunderstanding, betrayal and ignorance shown to First Peoples.
As it says on the fund website, "We need to better understand each other before we can try reconcile. The Fund will foster new relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples, whole strengthening the voices and work of groups already making a difference".
My wife works at a place called The Glencoe Club. Every year they support a cause through "Project Angel". For quite a few years the Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary have been the beneficiaries of their support.
In particular, a youth shelter called Avenue 15 has received a great deal of support and is a very worthy cause. As hard as it is to imagine, youth between the age of 12 and 17 sometimes experience homelessness. Avenue 15 will provide youth with temporary shelter and basic needs. They also have a thorough support system that can help reunite the youth with their family or can assist them in finding alternative living arrangements.
Any sales that I make through my website between July 8 and December 8 will support these two charities. 15% of total sales will be donated to The Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund with 10% being donated through Project Angel to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary.
This applies to both the limited edition prints as well as other original artwork.
All prints are sold unframed but if you are interested in having yours framed, Gaby at Impact Framing (where I have all of my paintings framed - she is excellent!) has agreed to frame these prints at 40% off. You can contact her directly at 403-243-2000 if you like or I can help you.
Shipping is not included for framed prints.
If you do decide to support this project, I thank you!