Edna Scott, Karen McClusky and Susanne Carr are the latest artists to support the Look, Listen and Laugh (Because Dementia Sucks) fundraiser at the Grand Event Centre Sept. 14.
They have joined about a dozen other artists and teachers donating talent and services as part of a mixed-medium event featuring the work of local visual artists (painters, potters, etc.), musicians and stand-up comedians.
All proceeds go to the North Bay Alzheimer Society so it can increase respite care service hours and give more primary caregivers a chance to rest and attend to their own health.
For the silent, online auction, there’s a diverse array of creative energy on the block. Piano teacher Christine Fortin (in the top photo with student Samuel Denomme) has offered an eight-session lesson package, Pat Madill Stamp donated one of her glazed tea-pots, Jack Lockhart offered a private painting lesson and Bea Lockhart gave a stained glass piece modeled after the Canada 150 leaf.
Potter Keith Campbell and painters David Carlin, Brent Trach and Jurgen Mohr, along with air-brush specialist Jeff Marceau, were among the first to contribute. A video story focusing the techniques and thoughts of Campbell and Carlin will be published next week. Marceau, who has done several murals in the city, will be donating a portrait produced live at the event with the subject chosen via online voting with those arriving early to attend the event given final vote.
One of the featured pieces for sale is The Long Goodbye, a three-panel series by Donna Cushing showing the journey of love between her parents as the travel the dementia journey together.
The central visual was donated to the event for promotional use on tickets, advertisements and posters. Campbell celebrated the image by reproducing it by hand on a ceramic plate.
All works will have reserved bids of approximately 50% of anticipated value with unsold artwork returned to the creator. Artists will receive charitable receipts for their in-kind donation set by the eventual selling price. Unsold works will return to the artists.
More artistic donations, including gift certificates, teaching sessions and other types of services are welcome, including unframed originals and limited edition prints.
For example, Skaters North Source for Sports donated a print by the late Bert Saunders, a North Bay water colourist who was a big North Bay Centennials hockey fan. It’s the same limited edition print featuring star Vitali Yachmenev that the Fisher Street store will soon be selling for $100 unframed with proceeds split between four local charities (One Kids Place, North Bay YMCA Strong Kids Program, KidsSport and North Bay Food Bank).
Event organizer Dave Dale, who is leaving The Nugget Aug. 31 after 18 years at the daily newspaper, is contributing to the auction as well. On Thursday, Sept. 6, he’s offering one-on-one “media-savvy” communication strategy sessions and “effective writing” assistance in return for donations to the North Bay Alzheimer Society. The Co-working176.space at 176 Lakeshore Drive (former Tweedsmuir school) has donated a conference room 2 to 6 p.m.
Artists interested in donating to the auction can drop off works that night with cake and ice cream available in the courtyard. Dale is inviting all fundraising participants for a pre-event huddle to go over last-minute details, but he also hopes friends and readers will drop by so he can thank them personally for supporting his work while with the Nugget.
The auction will go live Friday, Sept. 7 at www.smalltowntimes.ca (Dale’s blog website launched this spring) and end Friday, Sept. 21. Most of the donation items will be showcased during the event while the full collections will be featured digitally on screens.
The banquet hall seats 250 people and it’s anticipated the tickets will sell out. Former Nipissing MP and radio personality Bob Wood is an honoured guest. Wood, 78, was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease at an early stage. Tickets, available at Cecil's Brewhouse and Kitchen, have sold briskly and it's anticipated the 250-seat banquet hall will be at capacity.
Contributing artists can also promote additional works within the auction online for a 50% commission donated to North Bay Alzheimer Society.
Several tables are available for artists or groups to rent as display space for their wares in the foyer of the Grande Event Centre leading to the banquet hall. Cost is $100 plus a donation of 20% of event-night sales.