Tickets on sale for Habitat for Humanity’s ‘Creative Hands, Giving Hearts’ art raffle
Art is one of the many things that helps transform a house into a home, but did you know it can be used to raise money to help feed, train and educate the hundreds of volunteers who help build homes for local families in need? That’s the theme of Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North’s ‘Creative Hands, Giving Hearts’ Raffle, which features three beautiful pieces of art as prizes, created and donated by artists who care. The draw for this fundraiser will take place on May 11, right in time for Mother’s Day, and profits will support local Habitat for Humanity community programs.
First prize is a special ‘Roses of Remembrance’ quilt, donated by Sharon Pederson, a local Habitat for Humanity ReStore volunteer (who also happens to be renowned in the quilting world), and her former business partner, Elizabeth Phillips. The colourful and intricate quilt measures 63” x 63,” and would look equally impressive on a bed or displayed on a wall.
The quilt is a result of the Electric Quilt Block Challenge, a contest originally devised by Phillips, who Pederson describes as a “marketing genius.” Participants were asked to design a 12” x 12” quilt block electronically, using a prescribed number of shapes and sizes and a palette of fabric. More than 850 quilters from 11 countries submitted designs, which were eventually narrowed down to 12 winning entries. Those entries, plus a 13th design created by Pederson and Phillips, make up the completed quilt.
Second prize is Birches, a painting by Lily Schreyer, a famous artist, longtime Habitat for Humanity supporter, and wife of former Governor General (1979-84), the Right Honourable Ed Schreyer.
Third prize is a stained glass piece aptly titled Returning Home by Courtenay artist Nancy J. Morrison. Morrison’s artistic flair is well-known in the Comox Valley, as she has been designing and constructing original works of stained glass for over 30 years.
Tickets for the raffle are one for $10 or three for $20. Tickets are easier to purchase than ever before with Habitat’s new online raffling system. Purchase your tickets and read the full rules and regulations at habitatnorthisland.com/artraffle.
They can also be purchased at the Comox Valley ReStore (1755 13th Street, Courtenay) or the Campbell River ReStore (1725B Willow Street, Campbell River).