Charity exhibition fills palette for local food bank

Annual art exhibit hosted at MacDonald Island

By KIRAN MALIK-KHAN, Connect Contributor

Local artist David Ball with his work at the art exhibition on November 12 at MacIsland. PHOTO: Kiran Malik-Khan, Connect Weekly

Local artist David Ball with his work at the art exhibition on November 12 at MacIsland. PHOTO: Kiran Malik-Khan, Connect Weekly

Filling the Palette – the fifth annual charity art exhibition in support of the Wood Buffalo Food Bank opened on November 12, 2015. The sale, and auction event was hosted by the MacDonald Island Community Art Gallery presented by Kirschner Family Corporation.

Guests enjoyed the exhibition, which consisted of 19 artists, and 43 art works. “The event served as the kick-off to the online auction of 10 artworks in the exhibit with 50% of the purchase price of the artworks donated to the Wood Buffalo Food Bank, (and) the remaining 50% going to the artist,” according to the official release.
Local visual artist, and photographer, Erin Stinson, was one of the featured artists at the event with three submitted pieces.

“My works are part of the “Beauty in the Hidden Places” series. They are close-up photos, or macro-photography, revealing details that can be overlooked. The Food Bank’s needs can be overlooked sometimes, because most of us have full pantries,” said Stinson, who has lived in Fort McMurray for 11 years.

Christina Beckman, Art Exhibit Coordinator for the Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo (RRC) appreciated all the artists who submitted works, and said the unique exhibit is symbolic on many levels.

“We love working with partners. It’s getting the word out for artists and the Food Bank. And, with the online auction component, there’s national recognition for the artists,” said Beckman.

“We love working with partners. It’s getting the word out for artists and the Food Bank. And, with the online auction component, there’s national recognition for the artists,” said Beckman.

Arianna Johnson, Executive Director, Wood Buffalo Food bank Association, applauded the RRC for hosting the event.

“Art is a medium that brings emotions to the surface for most of us, the emotion it stirs is often different for each of us. This is very similar to hunger, the emotion stirred in each of us when we see or hear about a hungry child – is deep and personal. Maybe we went hungry as a child, maybe our child went hungry once, maybe we work with children who go hungry, maybe we have seen a hungry person on the street, no matter where, or who the vision of people going hungry in a world of prosperity and freedom such as ours causes us all to have an emotion.”

“Filling the Palette was in support of the Wood Buffalo Food Bank this year and we couldn’t be happier. This type of event assists us in partnering with other organizations to raise the profile and awareness of hunger in our region and assists us to reach new stakeholders and gives artists a way of supporting our cause with their talents. We are so grateful for the contributions of all of the artists and the support we have received from the staff of the MacDonald Island Community Art Gallery and all the Regional Recreation Corporation,” enthused Johnson.

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