Daryl Dumanski is hoping an upcoming event will help individuals indulge their artistic passions, while supporting the arts community.
Dumanski is the executive director of the non-profit Forum Art Centre, located at 120 Eugenie St., which will soon host its Affordable Art Week.
The free five-day event will run on Nov. 29 and 30 from 4 to 9 p.m., Dec. 1 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and Dec. 2 and 3 from noon to 4 p.m. There will be free parking, wheelchair access and browsing will be encouraged, Dumanski said.
At the heart of the event will be sales in three categories — buy now original art, bid and buy art auction and bargain basement art.
"This allows our former students or buyers to bring back a piece of art and donate it to us for the fundraiser," said Dumanski, who lives in East Kildonan, adding the events are open to anyone.
"Many people have art at home, want to buy more, but need to downsize to make more room. This is a way of recycling art, as we want it to be accessible and affordable."
Dumanski said the event is also an opportunity for art lovers of different generations to come together under one roof.
"Some students have been coming here for 40 years. My mother, who is a past president, has been painting here for 38 years. Now it’s the grandchildren and great-grandchildren getting their turn."
Founded in 1964 as Forum Art Institute, the organization continues to evolve and offer fine art instruction in a friendly environment, including classes, workshops, camps, studio time and public forums, Dumanski said, noting FAC’s current location is a former City of Winnipeg library building.
Also at the event will be Amanda Furst, co-founder of Growing Opportunities International, who will be selling African-made scarves and jewelry, to help fund an orphanage in Africa.
And, on Dec. 1 from 2 to 4 p.m., Winnipeg artist Tom Andrich will be doing free caricatures for visitors.
"They are friendly caricatures and they make a great Christmas gift," Dumanski said.
For more information, visit www.forumartcentre.com or call 204-235-1069.