Art auction creates hope during COVID

COVID got you down? Let art lift you up! You can personally make a difference for B.C.’s coast through participating in the power of art. Join Pacific Wild for #wildauction2020 by creating an original art piece or bidding on one.

“This year, it’s exciting to be able to participate in all aspects of our 2nd annual Wild Auction from the comfort of home,” said Sechelt’s Laurie McConnell, manager of the Friends of Pacific Wild program. “The auction provides a significant contribution to Pacific Wild’s key campaigns. Last year, we were thrilled to feature more than 75 pieces by professional and amateur artists from four countries.”

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Anyone can be an artist and that includes you. Amateur artists as well as professionals are invited to participate with works relating to the protection of B.C.’s wildlife. Works may be of any material and size. Artists are invited to register at pacificwild.org by Oct. 31 and provide their submissions by Nov. 6.

“We’re inviting artists from all over the world to submit pieces for this local fundraiser,” said McConnell. “A percentage of their sales will go to fund our conservation work in 2020.”

The percentage will be up to you. You can decide how much of your auction earnings you’d like to donate and any medium can be used for your art.

All artists are provided exposure through Pacific Wild’s various media campaigns and social media channels, including individual artist snapshots on Instagram. This is a great opportunity for artists to be recognized and paid for their work, and at the same time positively impact the province.

The auction opens on Nov. 9 and closes Nov. 12. Preceding the auction is Instagram Stories Week, Nov. 2-6, when different artists take over the @friendsofpacificwild account to share their practices and their conservation focus.

By purchasing art from the #wildauction2020, funds support critical conservation work and artists who have conservation at the centre of their art practices.

“Art can lift our hearts, can give us hope and can shine beauty into dark spaces,” organizers said in a release. “Collectively we can bring hope and a little bit of sunshine to others by participating in #wildauction2020 either as an artist or a bidder. Be a part of protecting one of Earth’s rarest biologically diverse places and ensuring generations of all beings have a future.”

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