Artists from all over the Kootenays were brought together this past weekend by two Stanley Humphries Secondary School students, in an exhibit and silent auction that raised approximately $1,800 for Talarico Place in Castlegar.
Gwendolyn Grieves and Paige Davis, both artists in Grade 12 at SHSS, secured the use of a large space in Kootenay Crossing Mall (courtesy of Century 21) from Friday, April 12 through Sunday, April 14.
Unique artwork — including paintings, photographs, sculptures, jewellery and more — were up for bidding, including original paintings from Davis and sculptures from Grieves.
“There were some people who didn’t think we could do it but we were determined” said Grieves.
“Even Mrs. Evdokimoff’s [Twin Rivers] class went up to their buddies’ at the pre-school; they went to Talarico and coloured pages of Van Gogh and Mona Lisa — abstract stuff — and we had those up, too.”
Martech Electrical Systems Ltd. also helped out by providing makeshift (very artsy) wooden spools that served as tables for displaying a number of the pieces.
As of late Sunday, the exhibit had brought in approximately $1,800 and the young ladies were very happy with the results.
“They are remarkable examples of the kind of young women I am proud to send out in to our communities,” said SHSS teacher Corinne Hughes Tamelin via Facebook. “They know how to give back and they know the value of hard work. This hasn’t been easy for them, but the goal of helping seniors easily overrides the amount of work they are swamped by.”