The Aurora Borealis is incredible - colours dancing across the dark sky, in their silent choreography. As all beautiful things in nature do, it causes me to reflect on a loving God. I believe that all things are created with intention and purpose and value. Awesome displays like the Northern Lights serve as a reminder of a Creator who cares for all that He has made. I was continually reminded of this as I worked on the oil painting above, hence it's title, "You Know Me".
Living in the north, I do not grow weary of seeing the aurora. Lately I have been particularly swept up in intrigue, happily working on aurora pieces. I have been experimenting with different interpretations of the way I "see" the lights. The Northern Lights are an experience that is a challenge to capture in any 2D form but perhaps that is part of the attraction!
On display @ MacDonald Island Community Art Gallery now through April 10th
What is the Wood Buffalo Timeraiser?
The Timeraiser is a silent art auction with a twist. Instead of bidding money, participants bid volunteer time to agencies that need their skills and energy. We purchase all artwork locally at fair market value and auction it off on the night of the Timeraiser. The Wood Buffalo Timeraiser will be held on April 10th, 2014. Successful auction bidders have 12 months to complete their volunteer pledge to organizations in the Wood Buffalo Region. The piece of artwork is meant to act as a reminder of their goodwill.
Last year more than 43 pieces of art were purchased for the Timeraiser. The artwork purchased put more than $18,000 into the Wood Buffalo Art community. The combined 43 pieces raised a total of 5,605 volunteer hours in the Wood Buffalo region.
(excerpt from Volunteer Wood Buffalo website)
I have the privilege of participating in my second Wood Buffalo Timeraiser, where three pieces of my work (one painting and two photographs) have been selected and purchased to be auctioned off in exchange for volunteer time. It's a really innovative idea that supports local artists and generates volunteer hours for our community - it's a win-win! Last year I attended as a contributing artist but was caught up in the excitement of bidding! I had been admiring a stunning piece by Lucie Bause when I realized that all that was standing in between me and taking this painting home was my own volunteer commitment. Although I don't feel like I have much "free time" it was a good way to connect in new ways with my community - I can't imagine I would have volunteered out of my normal realm if I hadn't been part of the Timeraiser.
Want to be part of the excitement this year? (It is a hoot to watch bidders scramble to outbid one another until the very last second!) You can purchase tickets and get more info here! Can't make it? Head down to the Mac Island Gallery to check out the entire exhibit starting next week, all the way through to auction night.