Monday, August 9, 2010

Art textiles for charity at GPAG, Aug 18-21

The Gibsons Public Art Gallery and the Sunshine Coast Grandmothers & GrandOthers are jointly sponsoring a unique textile arts show called “Turning the Tide…One Ripple at a Time,”  at the Gibsons Public Art Gallery from August 18th through 21st.  This beautiful collection of 52 hand-crafted pieces was created by the North Island Quilters for Community Awareness (NIQCA) from the Comox Valley (and some guest artists), and is being brought to the coast through the auspices of the Glacier Grannies in support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

Each unique, hand-crafted piece depicts a facet of the lives of African grandmothers (and grandothers) and the orphans in their care who have been affected by the devastating AIDS pandemic.

Funds raised (admission by donation) from this exhibition will go through the Stephen Lewis Foundation directly to self-help and income-generating community projects in 15 sub-Saharan African countries, and will help to improve life for many of these remarkable women and children.  In the last few years, generous Canadians have  contributed over $9 million dollars to the grandmothers’ campaign to help fund over 300 grassroots organizations.  This money has been used for food, clean water, school fees, uniforms, community gardens, needlework cooperatives, child care centres, grief counselling, hospice care, community health workers…the list is long and impressive.

The Turning the Tide exhibit combines art, artistry and commitment.  The quilters and the more than 240 grandmothers’ groups across Canada believe deeply that the tide of the AIDS pandemic can be reversed at the community level and that, with enough funding, the projects supported by the Stephen Lewis Foundation are on the precipice of creating major change right across Africa.

The exhibition will take place during the weekend of the Fibre Arts Festival in Gibsons and it’s hoped that many of the fibre artists and supporters attending the festival will drop in to see these works of art.

For more information, go to http://glaciergrannies.org or phone Patt at 604-886-2627.

More information on the Stephen Lewis Foundation can be found at www.stephenlewisfoundation.org

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