7th Ottawa Timeraiser

Once again this year I am fortunate enough to have been selected as one of the artists for the Ottawa Timeraiser, taking place on November 8th, 2014 at the Canadian Museum of History (which is actually in Gatineau, but okay…). Here is your chance to go home with an original piece of artwork, valued up to $1000, by pledging to volunteer in the community for a certain number of hours over the next 12 months.

Preview of the artwork being auctioned off this year
Preview of the artwork being auctioned off this year. More HERE

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4th Annual Timeraiser London Recap

The 4th annual Timeraiser took place last night in London and it was a huge success! Over 2000 volunteer hours were pledged for the London community in exchange for 16 pieces of art. Also, over $8000 was invested into the careers of local artists, and I am so incredibly grateful to be one of those lucky few.

Setting up the artwork before everyone arrives
Setting up the artwork before everyone arrives
My parents with my painting that was auctioned off for 100 volunteer hours
My parents with my painting that was auctioned off for 100 volunteer hours
From left: Christie, me, Steph, and Richard
From left: Christie, me, Steph, and Richard
From left: Steph, Christie, Amy, and Keegan
From left: Steph, Christie, Amy, and Keegan
From left: me, Steph, Christie, and Amy
From left: me, Steph, Christie, and Amy
Let the bidding begin
Let the bidding begin

For a full list of artists and silent auction winners, you can check out the Timeraiser site. There was also a prize for the best artist of the night, and to see who took home the $500 prize, check out the above link. I’ll give you a huge hint, you’re reading her blog right now… THANK YOU so much to every one who voted for me. I am forever grateful. Hope to see everyone there again next year 🙂

Timeraiser

Have you ever heard of the Timeraiser?

The Timeraiser is an event that takes place in multiple cities in Canada where throughout the evening, you meet with different volunteer agencies and match your skills to their needs. Once you have made your matches you are eligible to bid on artwork. The twist is rather than bid money, you bid volunteer hours.

That’s right, you bid on artwork by stating the number of hours you will donate to certain volunteer organizations. Like any silent auction, the highest bid wins the piece, and then you have 12 months to complete your pledge.

I attended this fabulous event a few years ago in London since my lovely friend Gillian volunteers with the organization that helped put it together. It was a great night. I made lot’s of great contacts with organizations I’d like to get involved with and bid on some gorgeous artwork (I didn’t win anything…womp womp…)

Timeraiser
Timeraiser

Now for my super exciting news…

One of my paintings was selected for the silent auction for this years event, taking place on Thursday May 2nd, 2013 in London, ON at The Arts Project, at 203 Dundas Street.

36x16" - Acrylic on 3 12x16" canvases
36×16″ – Acrylic on 3 12×16″ canvases

If you haven’t already, then get your tickets here, as the event usually sells out several weeks in advance.

You can also check out their website to preview all the artwork that will be available that night, as well as get some more information about the volunteer organizations that will be participating.

I hope to see you all there 🙂 Oh, and nothing would make me happier than to know that you bid your time on any of the fabulous works of art being auctioned off (especially mine;) )!

Have you bought your tickets yet? What are you waiting for?!

TAN Coffee Shop

Hi friends,

I promise, I haven’t fallen off the face of the Earth. The last couple months have been rather busy with school and life so I haven’t painted much. I have probably 5 or 6 paintings on the go but nothing near completion yet. I will be sure to share them with you once they are done though.

Today I have some other news for you though.

T.A.N. Coffee Shop, which stands for The Alternative Network, is a cute local coffee shop across the street from my apartment in Ottawa, owned and operated by the lovely Erin Cochrane. T.A.N. sells exclusively fair trade and organic, superior grade coffee and tea. The other day, I came across an open call to local artists to come by and showcase their art work. T.A.N. was looking to select a few pieces to decorate their walls for the next few months. I figured I had nothing to lose, so decided to drop by. I also convinced my friend Avery to come by as well with a few of her (AMAZING) paintings.

Avery and her AMAZING painting of a man in Guatemala.
Avery and her AMAZING painting of a man in Guatemala.
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Best photo-bomb at the lower right corner.
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Some of the local artists who came out.
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Another photo-bomb on the right. Just awesome.
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They had crayons and paper all day so that you could draw while sipping your coffee. Check out some of the art work behind me.
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Avery with the owner and operator, Erin, showing off some of the beautiful artwork.
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Another piece of art.
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And even more art.

In the end, Erin asked to display two of each of mine and Avery’s paintings at T.A.N. for the next few months. We both happily obliged. They should be up within the next few days, at which point I’ll go back and take some pictures to share with you all.

If you’re curious as to which ones they are, and if you’d like to see some other paintings by local artists while enjoying a cup of fair trade organic coffee or tea, I suggest you drop by T.A.N. 🙂

To my London friends, I have some exciting news to share with you, so check back soon 🙂 🙂 

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