South Delta Artists Guild and Gallery 1710 are proud to be hosting this event next Saturday, August 19. It will take place on the lawn in front of and beside the Gallery, with activities such as face painting and decorating hobby horses for children, as well as a few miniature horses that have been rescued and are being housed in East Ladner.
Our provincial MLA Ian Paton has donated his services as auctioneer, and artists have donated oveer 100 amazing pieces of art – including stunning paintings in many mediums and sizes, sculptures in clay, soapstone and alabaster, as well as paverpol. There are a large number of paintings of horses – they will amaze you. There will be a live auction starting around 11am – with pre-viewing of the artwork starting at 10:30 am. Raffles will be happening, as there have been many wonderful donations from the community as well, and a silent auction with some beautiful artwork and prints.
Food and refreshments will be available for purchase, and there are a few covered areas for the children’s activities. This is a community event so please attend, bid, find a treasure and make a donation to this worthy cause.
This article was in the Delta Optimist, and highlights the event beautifully:
“What started out as a small idea between four South Delta women, cell phones and social media, has turned into a huge fundraising event to raise funds for the Animal Disaster Fund.
Thanks to local horse enthusiast Jules Davis and Jan Rankin, vice president of the South Delta Artists’Guild, #BCStrongArt4Animals will take place next Saturday, Aug. 19 on the lawn of Gallery 1710 in Tsawwassen.
So far more than 100 artists from South Delta, across B.C. – even as far as Ontario -have donated pieces that will be up for auction, which starts at 11 a.m. with live viewing and the auction itself at 11:30 a.m.
The event is being billed as family-friendly with face painting, miniature horses who have found shelter at Taisce Stables in East Delta after being evacuated from the Lone Bute area and several raffles as well. Delta South MLA Ian Paton will be on hand as the auctioneer.
“Jules came up with the idea and someone else in the community suggested they get in contact with me,” Rankin said. “The support has been amazing. Every day we get someone else wanting to donate something.”
The Animal Disaster Fund has been put in place by the Horse Council of BC to assist ranchers and farmers impacted by the provincial wildfires. The fund provides hay, grain, fly spray, salt, forage cubs, First Aid supplies and gas cards for the volunteer haulers who are going into the evacuation areas to remove livestock – predominantly horses, but also cows, chickens, ducks and pigs. The Fund ensures that money gets where it is needed the most. Anyone wishing to contribute to the live or silent auctions or the prize raffles, can contact Rankin via email at: janrankin@gmail. com or call 604-329-0830. Those wishing to help volunteer for the event, can contact Davis via the events Facebook page at: #BCStrongArt4Animals.”