The Comox Valley Food Bank has more than $2,000 extra dollars to feed people thanks to the Art Group of the Comox Valley (AGCV).
A silent auction in July and August at Percs Café on Fifth Street in Courtenay raised the funds.
“The purpose of the show and silent auction was to bring artists in the Comox Valley together, to work on a project which connected them with the community and also support a local charity,” says president and founding member Kate Brown.
The final day of the auction was Aug. 29.
The AGCV’s project was to paint artists’ renditions of the storefronts of two blocks along Courtenay’s Fifth Street and auction those paintings to raise funds for the food bank.
“It was a stretch for some of our members, but they came through, and we are very proud of the results. Between a private show and sale of the Fifth Street paintings and the silent auction at Percs, we were able to raise just over $2,000,” adds group member Marlet Ashley.
The AGCV appreciates the support of the community and their friends and family but say the real thanks goes to the merchants whose buildings were painted.
“On the last day of the auction, merchants were coming in and buying the paintings of their establishments, with some having to bid over and over again to get the one they wanted,” observed Brown.
When asked what is next for the AGCV, Kate Brown states, “We have something in the works for the Christmas season, so keep an eye out for them at www.artgroupcomoxvalley.net. No matter what it is, in some way, we will be giving back to our community.”
— Art Group of the Comox Valley