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Support local artists at Artarama

Fundraising event will showcase 45 artists

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The Knights of Columbus will hold an upcoming art exhibit and sale to help brush up support for Winnipeg organizations in need.


Artarama will be held at Mary Mother of the Church at 85 Kirkbridge Dr. on Fri., March 23 from 5 to 9 p.m., Sat., March 24 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. and Sun., March 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.


Organized by Our Lady of the Prairie KC Council, the annual charity show will give 45 Manitoban artists the chance to showcase more than 3,000 items in two galleries.


Artists come from across the city, including St. James, St. Boniface, East Kildonan and West Kildonan.


The first gallery will sell a broad mix of framed art, while the second will contain unframed works and thousands of cards.


There will also be a café serving sandwiches and home baking, art demos and a raffle featuring more than 25 pieces of framed art donated by participating artists.


Artarama’s chair, Al Borys, said the annual event is the council’s primary fundraiser and is set to benefit organizations including Rossbrook House, Habitat for Humanity and the Christmas Cheer Board.


Borys said the number of artists is only capped by the capacity of the galleries — which means plenty of depth when it comes to artistic talent.


"The list of artists waiting for space to exhibit at Artarama is quite long, so we can be very selective in choosing new exhibitors," said Borys, who lives in Fort Richmond. "The result is high quality art."


Among the established exhibiting artists is St. Norbert resident Dale Turner, who said she believes in giving back to the community through the "language" of art.


"Art really has no borders. Art really has no language barriers," said Turner, who exhibits and sells most of her work through the Pulse Gallery at The Forks. "It doesn’t matter where you come from, the art will speak back to you in your own language.


"The event is also good for the artists, as it’s a wonderful venue to promote local artwork," added Turner, who works primarily in acrylic and watercolour with jazz music, cityscapes and flowers being her main focus.


For years, Turner has provided art donations to organizations such as CNIB, CancerCare Manitoba, the Manitoba Lung Association and the Jubilee Fund for different fundraising events.


For more information, email alborys@mts.net.

simon.fuller@canstarnews.com

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