Art from the Ken Kirkby and Nana Cook Collection
September 12, 2020 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
40 KNOTS Winery
Due to COVID requirements our program has changed. A revised program will be sent to all ticket holders.
ART DRAW Tickets for the event are $500 and there are only fifty (50) of these tickets available. Each ART DRAW ticket sold entitles the holder’s name to be drawn at random commencing at 4:00 p.m. The ticket holder whose name is drawn will have the first choice of any of the donated works. The ticket holder whose name is drawn second will have a choice from the remainder and so on, until all the names have been drawn. Each ticket holder is assured ownership of one of the donated original art.
Ticket holders are encouraged to review the art during the preview period and record their preferences in the catalogue they will be provided with. They must be prepared to make their selection within a few minutes of their name being called.
The Easy Street Duo will provide live upbeat music for the event. Delicious locally made hors d’oeuvres from Pam Williams and wine from 40 KNOTS will be available to enjoy an afternoon of art ardor.
Funds raised will go to Project Watershed to purchase and restore Kus-kus-sum.
Easy Street – Annie Handley and Dave Devindisch are talented multi-instrumentalists who can “make that song their own” like no other duo. They put their own jazzy spin on everything from musical standards of the 1940s, to current pop hits. Take Annie’s sultry, soft, voice, and rhythm guitar, add Dave’s harmonies, upright bass guitar licks, and comedic MCing, and it’s sure to be an entertaining afternoon that will leave you wanting one more set.
Ken Kirkby was born during an air raid in London, England in 1940. The timing may have foreshadowed the warrior-painter he was to become. He grew up in Portugal where he had his first successful exhibit at age 16. and in the late 1950s, realized his dream to move to Canada.
He spent five years in the Canadian Arctic and promised the Inuit people that he would find a way to raise awareness of their issues in the rest of Canada. This promise became “Isumataq” – the world’s largest oil-on-canvas portrait. The 12 ft high by 152 ft long painting of the Arctic landscape and its Inukshuit was exhibited at the Canadian Parliament in 1992 and Ontario Place in 1993 along with a multi-media exhibit attended by more than one million visitors. Kirkby then turned his “warrior-painter” gaze on the depletion of the salmon stocks and the destruction of their habitats in B.C. rivers.
In 1993, Ken Kirkby was awarded the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation. His work is in many important public and private collections, including several members of the British Royal Family, The Hon. Jean Chretien and Pierre Elliot Trudeau.
Nana Cook was born in Vancouver, B.C. and raised on Saltspring Island. She studied make-up artistry and Middle Eastern dance, and then worked in both fields prior to teaching herself to paint in 1997. Her extensive lifelong travels in the American Southwest influenced her early choice of subject matter, scenes of Arizona and New Mexico. In 2004 Cook was invited to show her Southwest paintings in the exhibit, Women’s Declaration, of contemporary visual art by Chinese and Canadian women artists at the Duo Lun Modern Art Museum in Shanghai, China. At the encouragement of Liu Jian, Chinese artist and the exhibits coordinator, Cook began a project of creating one hundred and fifty large paintings of arbutus trees, which has long since been surpassed.
Since 2014 Cook has continued to paint the trees and landscapes of her island home and beyond. She has also added several new subjects including fishing flies, the results of which feature in the best selling book Trout School Lessons from a Fly-Fishing Master by Mark Hume. Nana Cook’s paintings are held in private and museum collections from China to Denmark.
Christian Morrisseau was born on December 11, 1969 and raised in Red Lake, Ontario. He is the youngest of seven children of the renowned woodland artist, Norval Morrisseau. He now currently lives between Thunder Bay and Keewaywin First Nation, Ontario. Christian is an accomplished artist in his own right. His love of the style of art was traditionally passed down to him by his father, Norval, who in turn learned from his grandfather, Potan. Potan was a well-known and respected traditional Shaman. Christian spent four months learning and listening to his father’s teachings and began painting in May 2002. He wanted to celebrate his gift and keep the Morrisseau’s family traditions and stories alive.
Amanda Jones was born in England, emigrated to Canada in 1968 and lives and paints in Richmond, British Columbia. Primarily self-taught, Amanda has studied with several well respected Canadian artists. She is a senior member of the Federation of Canadian Artists with SFCA signature status. Amanda is best known for her West Coast landscapes and her distinctive impressionistic style. ” Forever changing yet always a constant in our lives, I am both humbled and energized by the landscape.
Our Thanks to
Ken Kirkby and Nana Cook
for the art and guidance
for capturing the images of the art
Janine Martin and the Odlum Brown Team
for believing in this event
Christopher Smith of Glaskrafter Art Glass is generously donating the proceeds from a selection of his beautiful kiln glass salmon sculptures to the Kus-kus-sum project. In fact, he has already donated $1,600 to Kus-kus-sum for a sculpture bought in August.
We were finally able to hold the Paintings, By The Numbers event on Sept 12, 2020. The event raised over $25,000 for Kus-kus-sum and despite the fact that it was very different than we had planned preCOVID, it turned out to be a success.
Nikki Wright from Seachange Marine Conservation Society and Maria Cantazaro from the Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF) visited our kelp research site at Oyster River and our saltmarsh projects. Maria is a researcher working for the PSF on a report looking at the importance of nearshore, habitat connectivity and estuarine habitat to Pacific salmon.
Join us on September 26th as we participate in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. The cleanup will occur on the Kus-kus-sum property and the adjacent Hollyhock flats area. We will start at 10am and go til about noon.
Ken Kirkby and Nana Cook have donated 43 of their paintings and seven from their collection to raise funds and awareness for Kus-kus-sum through the engaging and powerful medium of art and the promise of getting a great deal. Each painting is worth between $1,500 and $4,000.
The World Wildlife Fund has released a variety of resources for both professionals and citizen scientists researching forage fish. This includes a spawning survey guidance document, as well as QEP and Citizen Scientist sampling methodologies and data sheets.
NIC biology students are getting a unique opportunity to help with an important forage fish research project, thanks to a partnership between NIC and Comox Valley Project Watershed.
The Kus-kus-sum project that Project Watershed is spearheading will not only create habitat for fish and wildlife, help mitigate climate, and increase green space, it will also help our community put reconciliation into action.