Victory Art Crawl TO Launch on Father’s Day
(Guelph ON) June 12, 2013 – The inaugural Victory Art Crawl is set to launch on Sunday, June 16th in downtown Guelph, just in time for Father’s Day. Over 300 works of student art will be on display for the public to view and purchase until Wednesday, June 19. Art crawl venues include 10 Carden, 5 Douglas (Pop-up Gallery), The Albion Hotel (second floor) and The Woolwich Arrow.
This volunteer-led art project was developed by a group of Victory Public School parents hoping to bring creativity into the classroom while expanding the students’ notion of community. Instructors from the Guelph School of Art were instrumental in developing age-appropriate art classes for all 340 students. Visitors to the free exhibition will be delighted to see Picasso portraits, Kandinsky circles, and colourful collages inspired by Modigliani, to name a few. As an event partner, the Downtown Guelph Business Association was eager to assist in securing exhibition venues. A recently renovated space at 5 Douglas has been donated by property owners Skyline and will be transformed into a pop-up gallery specifically for the event.
Most of the artworks will be available for purchase on a pay-what-you-can basis, with all proceeds being donated to three local charities: Action Read, Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington and Lakeside Hope House. Victory students voted for their charity of choice after learning about the organizations at a school assembly. Karen Kamphuis, Executive Director of Hope House, said of the project “I cannot begin to tell you how much I love the idea of the kids being involved in this way – from conception of the idea, to creating the artwork, to having a voice into the recipient of funds. Talk about developing a social conscience into your children – awesome idea for other schools to consider.” Almost $2000 in donations has already been collected from art sales, and organizers are hoping to surpass $3000.
Art sales will be processed at the art crawl’s home base at 5 Douglas on Sunday 11am-4pm, or Monday to Wednesday 3:30pm-6:30pm. Other venues will be open during their regular hours of operation and the general public is encouraged to enjoy the artwork as they explore downtown.
Events Coordinator, Downtown Guelph Business Association
Victory Art Crawl Committee Member