Arts & Culture

Art that feeds the body as well as the soul

By Lorraine Graves

Published 4:25 PDT, Tue October 29, 2019

Last Updated: 2:27 PST, Tue November 12, 2019

Artists of all levels meet weekly to learn from and support each other as part of the Richmond Artists Guild. While the Guild fosters arts in our community, on Nov. 2 its artists will also support the Richmond Food Bank with their skills. 

The Guess Who? art sale runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the South Arm Pioneer Church on the corner of No. 3 Road and Steveston Highway. It will feature a selection of  25.4 by 25.4 centimetre (10 by 10 inch) paintings, all original and unsigned, for $100 each. With a variety of skill levels, experience and subjects, these works of art offer members of the public a chance to put a genuine piece of art on their walls while feeding hungry adults and children in Richmond. 

While most art sales support an artist or gallery, half of all proceeds from Guess Who? goes to the food bank which distributes more than 9,000 kilograms (20,000 pounds) to about 2,200 people each week. Over half the people the food bank helps are temporary users, people who are suffering through a crisis. About one-third of the people helped are children, while 15 per cent of the food bank’s clients need the help long-term because of multiple barriers to employment, including chronic illness, mental health problems or disabilities.

In addition to the 230 weekly volunteers, many groups volunteer on a weekly, monthly or yearly basis.

Admission to the Guess Who? sale is free. The painter’s name is revealed once you’ve paid for your choice of art-work.

This year’s sale also features a silent auction and offers hot beverages, free or by donation, while you savour your artistic options. 

As painter and Guild member Jennifer Taylor says, “It’s a fun event and a great way to build a collection or start early on your holiday gift shopping.”

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