SILENT AUCTION FUNDRAISER
December 11th, 2012 will usher in the 2nd Annual Carry Your Message Silent Auction, and this year the focus of our organization has been to highlight and inspire community groups to take up a brush, roll up their sleeves and open their creative minds to raise money for their organizations.
With 18 artists donating work to raise money for Carry Your Message in our silent auction, this year we have added a public show and fundraiser for the “Heads and Hands” young parents program, and the “Centre des 16-18 Ans” alternative school to coincide with our theme of “Community”.
The event will be taking place once again at the amazing Burritoville restaurant located in downtown Montreal, with support of such generous sponsors as Belle Gueule Beer, Rise Kombucha, Omer DeSerres, Lallouz Cafe & Kebaberie St. Catherine and Almond Butterfly. Each of these sponsors has given generously to our organization to make the event a huge success.
The evening will kick off at 7PM and run until 11PM, with drink specials, free food, door prizes and works of art from 18 artists in the silent auction, and a public sale of the pieces created by Heads and Hands, and Centre des 16-18 Ans through the Carry Your Message workshops. The proceeds of all the pieces from the public show will go completely to the organizations that created them, and proceeds from the silent auction will go towards helping Carry Your Message continue to carry out our artistic workshops.
This year we are proud to announce the following line up of generous artists who have donated paintings for the silent auction:
Marie-Josée Label from the collection of Jean-Sébastien Savard
In addition to these artists, the staff of Carry Your Message will also be donating a painting for the auction, but the highlight of the night comes to us from a very special and poignant donation.
Carry Your Message is proud and honoured to have had a photograph donated by the mother of Leejay Levene, who set up a foundation to help others raise money for their organizations in the wake of her son’s untimely death at the age of 18. The photograph taken by Leejay entitled “Wind Mills” is a lasting tribute to the memory of her son and a way for Carry Your Message, to help carry Leejay’s message further.
Leejay’s mother included a hand written letter that will go the winner of the Wind Mills photograph that reads as follows:
Leejay Levene was a wonderful young man who tragically died at the age of 18 during routine wisdom teeth extraction in Waterloo, Ontario.
Leejay was about to begin studying architecture at the University of Toronto in September of 2007, just two months after his mishap.
Leejay was full of life, loved music and art, snowboarding and golfing. He also liked to volunteer.
Leejay’s artwork lives on, helping to raise money for important causes such as Carry Your Message. Best of luck in your fundraising efforts and please bid generously.
Shirley and Ron Levene. Waterloo, Ontario.
A copy of the 2013 Leejay Levene calendar featuring 14 works of his art will also be available for bidding during the silent auction.
So now that we’ve got you all up to speed, we’re sure you are waiting for the official event details, so here they are:
December 11th, 2012 7PM – 11PM
Burritoville – 2055 Rue Bishop H3G 2E8
2 for 1 Belle Gueule Beer between 7PM and 9PM
Dozens of artworks starting at $150
Door prizes, free give aways and free food
Join Carry Your Message and over 20 Montreal artists in support of the Heads and Hands young parents program and the Centre des 16-18 ans.
Entry into the event by donation – pay what you can
Registration for silent auction $10 at event
more information: email@example.com
You can also join the official Facebook event by clicking right HERE.
Please help us make this event a huge success by coming out and supporting Carry Your Message and making our work with the community possible, and by sharing this article on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus or anywhere else you can think of. We’ll see you December 11th!
Carry Your Message – It’s about art. It’s about positive change. It’s about you.
On December 15th, 2011 over sixty guests came out in support of the Carry Your Message silent auction, and in doing so helped kick start a global initiative that will seed its roots in Montreal and grow from these creative fertile grounds.
Of the twenty pieces available that night 6 were bid on and won by generous donors who delighted in the idea that they were helping to support an organization with the goal of using art and transformative workshops to help crate positive change in suffering communities and with those who have no voice. In total over $1000 was raised that night with huge thanks going to our attendees and our gracious sponsors Belle Gueule, Life Proof and Burritoville.
If there are those interested who were not able to join Carry Your Message on that night, fear not, as we have a secure way to donate online by clicking HERE.
The money raised will go directly towards the goal of registering Carry Your Message as a non profit organization, as well as the research and development of the numerous workshops that will be used to help bring about the change in the world we seek to make. A community is already starting to form around the organization as the many of the artists who donated to the auction have now agreed to act as mentors, volunteers and directors of the project, making this the true group movement it was always intended to be.
The pieces that were not won during the silent auction have been placed on an extended online auction invitation, and can still be bid on over the next three months until April 1st, 2012. Interested individuals who would still like to bid on any of the remaining art works can do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the piece they would like and their bid, and if it is not matched within 72 hours, the bid will be successful.
Again, we here at Carry Your Message want to thank all of our volunteers, supporters and donors who have helped us get so far, so fast, and we look forward to bringing updates on our progress as they happen and will always make sure to Carry Your Message as we move forward.
Following is a list of all the pieces entered into the original silent auction, with indications of their availability and starting bid price. Any bids can be sent to email@example.com and we will promptly return your request.
Complete Auction List (Updates Ongoing)
The painting he is donating is part of a set that explores the connections between Greek mythology and modern-day celebrity culture. Bryan is from the U.S. but currently lives and work in Montreal, QC, Canada.
Bryan has donated ”Athena Jolie”, 2011 (12″ X 9″) acrylic, gold-leaf, polyurethane, wood in support of the Carry Your Message organization.
Tony Adonis Andrianopoulos
Harmony – 40×30 oil on canvas – Available at an opening bid of $250
Tony is a highly regarded and visible artist within the Montreal arts scene who has donated a piece entitled “Harmony” from his 2009 collection. ”Harmony” is a 40×30 oil painting that comes with a vivid description of the artist’s inspiration.
“The painting was inspired while driving down a long stretch of highway to Mont Tremblant during the fall. I kept seeing beautiful rows of colours of the falls leaves, and in this one section were four trees lined up next to each other and thought … what a great metaphor for life. How we can all be so different and yet still live in Harmony.”
Wah Wing Chan
Residue – 11.25 x 8 ink on paper – Available at an opening bid of $250
Wah Wing Chan’s experience as a printmaker has led to residencies at Atelier de l’Ile in Val David and Open Studio in Toronto, as well as the Martin O’Hara Award with the Thomas Moore Institute and a Purchase Prize with the 14th Space International Print Biennial. Wah Wing Chan’s art can be found in the collections of the Guanlan International Print Biennale in Shenzen, China, Sukwoo Engineering in Seoul, Korea, the Bibliotheque nationale du Quebec, Atelier de l’IIe, and Le Droit, as well as Open Studio in Toronto.
Trained in calligraphy at an early age and originally from the Portuguese colony of Macao, Wah Wing Chan is a dedicated advocate of printmaking whose main base of operations in Atelier Circulaire in Montreal, Canada. Influenced by his Chinese background, Wing uses a painterly style in printmaking that emphasizes the gesture, the weight and nuance in the movement of the brush where text on paper is literally the art form.
Michel Bazinet is a self taught photographer who worked free lance for various magazines such as Fugues, Être and others. Has worked also for different organizations such as the BBCM (Bad Boy Club of Montreal-Black & Blue), Bal en Blanc, Diverscité, etc.
Photography for him is a passion and has to remain a passion. He won different prizes and among them: the First Grand Prrize in photography in 2001 and 2002 with the CAPSQ (Cercle des Artistes Peintres et Sculpeurs du Québec).
Kim is an independent, self-taught, Montreal artist. She has been practicing visual arts through various traditional media since childhood. She has experimented with realistic styles as well as more abstract dialogues over a period of 25 years. Her work focuses very much on three principal axis: human beings, movement, and colours.
Her approach to creating a piece is intuitive and rooted in the emotions and feelings she intends to express. Further, her subjectivity attempts to grasp the essence of the subjects she is depicting. Kim’s intent is to reach the soul of the viewer and make them engage with the feelings and emotions that are expressed in the work, as these very feelings and emotions can also be present in the viewer, waiting to be triggered, manifested, acknowledged and solved or healed.
Alexandre – 24 x 22 mixed media on recycled plastic – Available at an opening bid of $250
Yvon Goulet est un artiste gay québécois qui vit et travaille à Montréal. Dans ses œuvres, il représente les symboles, les uniformes et les fantasmes qui sont propres à la culture gaie. Il rend ainsi accessibles à tous des personnes, des situations et un imaginaire en général peu connus du grand public. Quebec-artist Yvon Goulet has built a reputation for himself as an “urban folklorist”. He finds his inspiration in Montreal’s Gay Village and illustrates the cultural events and festivities of the gay community. He uses the text of the political posters on which he paints as integral parts of his work.(Ric Kadour) . Yvon Goulet expresa la vida gay de Montreal sobre carteles reciclados. Es diplomado en arte de la universidad de Québec en Outaouais. Desde 1986, expone regularmente en numerosos países, entre ellos, Canadá, Francia, Corea, Bulgaria, Austria, Japón, Bélgica, Bosnia Herzegovina y España. Yvon Goulet drückt das fröhliche Leben von Montreal auf wiederverwendeten Brettern aus. Yvon Goulet ist ein Künstler gay aus Quebec, der lebt und in Montreal arbeitet.
Le Mont Kaikop – 24 x 36 acrylic on canvas – Available at an opening bid of $250
Artiste-peintre, auteure, conférencière, animatrice, je me suis installée à Montréal et travaille en créativité depuis 1996. Très tot, je me forme à plusieurs démarches qui réveillent et libèrent l’énergie de l’être humain.
Avec une grande sensibilité et une profonde intuition, je me plais à faire éclore la mémoire du corps et de l’ame par les couleurs en peinture et les mots en écriture.
C’est mon moteur de création, ma passion et mon enthousiasme à m’accomplir.
Temps Mort – Acrylic on canvas – Available at an opening bid of $250
Artiste autodidacte. Une ”femme-enfant” peignant son univers sombre et paradoxalement coloré. Elle peint sous plusieurs thèmes qui l’animent et la font vibrer. Une part de fantasme, de rêve, de noirceur et de confession habillent son monde fantastique, imaginaire et futuriste. Elle s’inspire du monde urbain et marginale de son milieu. Habitant à Montréal à partir de 2008, c’est à partir de ce moment que son inspiration prend son essor. Elle puise dans cette ville des images qu’elle reconstruit afin que l’on puisse comprendre sa vision des choses. Critique sur l’intégrité humaine, le masque prend de plus en plus de place parmi ses personnages et nous rappelle la fragilité de notre planète, cet air pur raréfié… Très introvertie de nature étant très jeune, sa vie l’emmène à s’extérioriser. Son parcours l’incite à être attirée, aimantée, fusionnée, à cette énergie que lui transmet cette marginalité. Elle trouve avec son art une façon de s’exprimer que les mots ne peuvent lui apporter. Derrière ses tableaux se trouvent des histoires qui ne pourraient être lues mais une âme qui veut être vue.
Susie Tawakul, Born in july 15th 1977 in Homs, Syria, from a Syrian father and a Polish mother, was always fond of art and found peace and consolation in it. Susie drew as a child and teenager, then stopped to discover at the age of 32 the love for painting. Being raised in a multicultural house, from two different backgrounds, Susie always loved to mix these two cultures, mixing in a third from her life in canada she added another dimension to her views. Susie is always curious to know about different cultures and their art and self-expression and is currently trying to mix different cultures together through art and show that humanity is one no matter what part of the world are you coming from.
Jean Chainey, by his technique and exceptional graphic design expresses the relationship of man to urbanity. Hyperrealist painter, his 34 years of experience in visual arts allow him to incorporate in his paintings sequences of social life, always with the aim of making men more than his architectural constructions. His eighteen years of drawing with pencils gave him the technology to sculpt the form.
It’s only at about the age of 36 that he decided to use colors. This was the revelation that enabled him to launch himself a few years later in architecture, which without knowing at the time, became the first fruits of his relationship with the naked bodies.
Uomo – 30 x 24 oil on canvas – Available at an opening bid of $250
Carmela, of Italian origin, living in Montreal since 1961, has always loved art in all its forms. As a young adult, she studied Art at Dawson College and Fashion Design at Lasalle College. For several years she designed and tailored clothes for her private customers, while raising her family. Until a recent pause from work, she decided to re-embrace her first love, Art.
Carmela started taking painting classes from a renowned local artist, workshops at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and finally had the pleasure of meeting Charlotte Greenwood and pursued in taking lessons on The Seven Layer technique, paint like the Masters. Painting allows Carmela to travel through time, rediscovering the past, the Masters, and discovering the vibrance of the present, through a flower, a dew drop , natures’ wonders and mans’ beauty. The sky is the limit, or is it?
Sinbad and Luigi Vampa – 18.75 x 23 ink on paper – Available at an opening bid of $250
Alejandro is an artist born in Mexico City, beginning his studies in art at an early age in the Culture House of Diego Rivera in Mexico. He immigrated in 2009 to Montreal, Quebec and since then he has worked hard to further express his passion for art. His paintings and drawings are ideas generated by books, movies or cartoons.
Expression, communication, childhood, the evolution of humans and the lack of interest in their environment are the issues that most concern him. Having completed a course with honors in painting and drawing at the University of Berri UQAM Alejandro now begins to make his way into the Montreal artistic scene.
Yan D Soloh
le Christ en croix – Mixed media on photo paper – Available at an opening bid of $250
This emerging artist has made a mark for himself among many collectors as well as the public, in Quebec, Canada, Europe and the United States.
From his works emerge several sets of themes; the surrealism of Dali, the mystical oneirism of Bosch, distressed expressionism of Munch and the religious iconography of Chagall. In the work of Yan D Soloh, “le Christ en croix”, the hum body, urban landscape or pastoral, the biomorphic music and forms return such obsession. His plastic research reflects a personal mystique. In the composition of his works, the superposition of forms or subjects gives a unique perspective effect.
I primarily make art that questions and analyses the relationship between dichotomies. For example: chaos and control, perfection and imperfection, need and greed, life and death, religion and science. The images I create are an expression of how I see these dichotomies relate to the Human Condition, how they inter-relate with each other and how they are expressed through the workings of an urban society. My aim with the art I make is to stimulate communication, discussion and independent thought, to increase (global) awareness followed by action and change. To allow this to happen, an engagement between my art and the observer must occur. It is like an infinite game or puzzle to create this scenario, since our eyes are mostly drawn towards beauty, vulgarity or something we deem unusual. Therefore the appearance of my images is important, as it is the key to open the door.
Yunus Chkirate - (Via the private collection of Charlotte Greenwood)
Born January 1986 in Montreal, Yunus Chkirate is the descendant of Moroccan and Italian parents. From a young age, he demonstrated high artistic skills and an expansive imagination. His mother, being an artist and fashion designer, exposed him to many factors, which influenced his paintings today.
Yunus pursued his studies in Social Sciences and Fashion Marketing. The combination of these two disciplines developed his sense of socio-cultural understanding and creativity. While working in the fashion industry, Yunus gained knowledge of colors and visual aesthetics. He used fashion as an art form. This allowed him to test his love for creating thus beginning his own individual works.
- Charlotte Greenwood
- Yunus Chkirate (Via the private collection of Charlotte Greenwood)
- Tony Adonis Adrianopoulos
- James Ian Morgan
- Alejandro Vasquez Saurez
- Yan D Soloh
- Bryan Kieth Lanier
- Susie Tawakul
- Wah Wing Chan
- Gus Mainville
- Michel Bazinet
- Patricia Klimov
- Patricia Renault
- Carmela Scrocca
- Olivier Lefebvre
- Gage Lazare
- Kim Tamer
- Yvon Goulet
- Jean Chainey