Paintings, By The Numbers Raises Over $25,000 for Kus-kus-sum
Paintings set up at 40 KNOTS – Bruce Martin
Volunteers seting up paintings – Bruce Martin
Participants waiting to choose their art – Nancy Gothard
“Salish Sea Silvers” $4,750 – Christopher Smith
The event centered around a draw for art – 50 donated paintings priced between $1,300 and $4,000 (click here to view the art). One at a time participants, who had purchased a $500 ticket, were randomly drawn and could choose a piece of art. This meant that the first drawn got first pick out of all 50 pieces and the last drawn got the painting that was left. To keep everyone safe and allow all the participants to enjoy the event it was held in two segments. The event went smoothly although things did start to heat up in the second segment as the art disappeared and people were vying for certain pieces. “The people I talked to all got a piece that was in their top five” reported Treasurer Brian Storey. “ It just goes to show how much great art there was and how different people’s tastes are”.
We would like to thank Ken Kirkby and Nana Cook for their generosity. Their donation of over $100,000 in paintings made this event possible. While Ken and Nana could not attend the event, they sent these words to be shared:
“The idea of giving of oneself and one’s own work was born a long time ago when I was a child in Portugal. My father, a uniquely brilliant and gentle human being, helped rebuild the Portuguese economy after the Second World War. Through his many varied projects and interests he made vast sums of money, almost all of which he gave away each year on New Year’s Eve to those in most need of financial help. One of the many memorable things he taught me was that to live a good and valuable life you simply needed to know three things. One – when you get up in the morning do as you please but hurt no one; two – before you go to bed tonight make sure that you have done more for others than for yourself; and three – half of what you make today give away today. From these simple ideas, when persistently acted upon, will come the end of possessiveness, jealousy, hate and war.”
Ken and Nana’s contribution not only raised $26,000, it has helped leverage other funds as well.
In addition to the paintings, Christopher Smith, a glass artist from Nanoose Bay, displayed a glass sculpture of two chum salmon at the event. Christopher is donating 100% of the proceeds from this sculpture, which retails at $4,750, to Kus-kus-sum and 50% on two other pieces (read more…).
We would like to thank all the participants for their time and patience as we adjusted to the ever changing situation due to COVID-19. We would also like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the volunteers who helped make this happen as well as our event sponsor Odlum Brown, our venue sponsor 40 KNOTS Winery, Easy Street, Pod Creative and Bryan Walwork. In addition to sponsoring the event, team members of Odlum Brown invited their clients and participated by purchasing tickets to the event.
If you feel like you missed out, don’t worry, we are hoping to do this again in a year or two. To receive notifications about an upcoming Paintings, By The Number event send an email to email@example.com.
On Saturday, September 26, forty volunteers pitched in to collect garbage at Kus-kus-sum and Hollyhock Flats as part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. The photos and short video captured from the day illustrate just how industrious it was.
Project Watershed has raised over $2.9 million for Kus-kus-sum and they are closer than ever to acquiring and restoring the site to natural habitat for fish & wildlife, climate change mitigation, reconciliation and community health.
Project Watershed needs volunteers to help us harvest willow cuttings, and then plant them alongside sections of Mallard Creek.
Deanne McRae and Mackenzie Gartside have started something new in downtown Courtenay – The Uplifters Shop. Unlike a normal for profit retail store, most of the items they sell have some kind of charity kickback. In this way the store “lifts up” a variety of charities both local and abroad. One project they are supporting is Project Watershed’s Kus-kus-sum initiative.
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.
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.