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1: ART (PAINTINGS)

Napoleon
(Item #1464, Art - Paintings)

Original oil on canvas (36"W x 40"H) by celebrated Montreal based artist Will Rafuse. This original painting is published as an art print poster that is distributed world wide.

Biography: Will Rafuse, born in Calgary, has had a passion for art from a very early age. Although his education led to a career as an illustrator and computer graphic artist, he soon decided to work full-time in oil painting. Will is best known for his bold use of color and the ability to give both personality and vibrancy to the subjects he paints. The slightly animated twist of his characters has a universal appeal, adding a light hearted, witty image to any collection. His signature style is recognized in galleries, movies, television shows, and collections worldwide. Since 1997, Will has been published by Canadian Art Prints, with over 75 images produced and distributed within 50 countries. His recent venture into the merchandising market producing clocks, plates, coasters, napkins and calendars featuring his imagery, has been very successful. Represented by: Ian Tan Gallery (Vancouver); Plaza Galleries (Whistler); Lando Galleries (Edmonton, AB); Liss Gallery (Toronto, ON); Gibson Galleries (Carmel, CA, USA)

Value: $5,500

Donated by: The Plaza Galleries

Still Life, Flowers and Fruit
(Item #1744, Art - Paintings)

A framed original oil on canvas (30"W x 36"H), by Canadian Paul Paquette.

Biography: Paul Paquette, born in Cornerbrook, Newfoundland in 1962, moved to Montreal in 1964, Winnipeg in 1970, and finally to Vancouver six years later. In his teens, Paul took an interest in photography, filmmaking and woodworking. However, it was not until after his graduation from high school that he began to paint, attending drop-in life drawing classes at the Federation of Canadian Artists. He attended regular classes and seminars given by artists such as Alan Edwards, Harry Hiene, Kiff Holland, Robert Genn, and Elizabeth Smily. In 1993, Paul explored the waters of Southern BC for 3 years in his 30’ sailboat. His paintings of this period often reflect the many shapes and moods of the coast and the Gulf Islands. However, living on a boat eventually proved to be impractical. Paul moved back to land, into a condo in Vancouver's West End - reuniting his home and studio. Throughout the 90's, Paul built strong friendships with art collectors and agents. Their enthusiastic support and ongoing promotion of his work led to a steadily increasing stream of sales and commissions. By 2000, Paul began exhibiting his works in commercial BC galleries, which further increased his work's exposure. Paul is represented in galleries in Victoria, Vancouver, Whistler, and Calgary. His works are displayed in many corporate collections such as Haywood Securities, Clark Wilson, Bull Housser Tupper, and Odlum Brown.

Value: $2,600

Donated by: Paul Paquette (courtesy of Bezanson Art Consulting)

My First Violin
(Item #1571, Art - Paintings)

Acrylic on Canvas (24"W x 36"H)

Biography: Drissia Abid is a Moroccan-Canadian painter with a vibrant, cubist style. She manipulates reality with exotic pattern and colour to create a dreamy interpretation of the traditional mosaic. Celebrating peace and the arts, Drissia’s subject matter delves into Biblical and legendary lore. Drissia has been commissioned to do numerous portraits and paintings for private collectors. Her paintings can be seen in homes throughout the world. Drissia is represented by: Devon Art Gallery (Vancouver, BC), The Diamante Art Gallery (California), Art Mode Gallery (Calgary and Ottawa)

Value: $2,500

Donated by: Drissia Abid

Corner Store
(Item #1698, Art - Paintings)

Mixed media, orginal, framed painting, (20"H x 27"W) on canvas by renowned artist Richard S. McDiarmid.

Biography: A well known Western Canadian artist, Richard works in oils, acrylics and watercolour. His paintings focus on light and rhythm expressed through the abstraction of pattern, movement and the interactive nature of colour. In addition to being a prolific painter, Richard is highly regarded as an instructor and mentor to emerging as well as established artists. He has served the Federation of Canadian Artists for many years and has held positions at the board level, VP level, and as the initiator of numerous studio art educational programs within the organization as well as with other local arts organizations. Annual workshop instruction includes activity in Canada, US, Britain, France and Spain. Richard is a signature member of both the Federation of Canadian Artists (SFCA) and the Northwest Watercolor Society (NWWS) and is a lifetime member of Painters at Painters, a prestigious B.C. artist’s peer group. His many award winning paintings have been exhibited in solo shows, group shows and international shows including, The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, the Federation of Canadian Artists, and the Northwest Watercolor Society (NWWS). Examples of his paintings and articles have appeared in a number of publications including International Artist’s Magazine. Richard’s paintings can be found in commercial galleries and corporate and private collections in Canada, the USA, Britain, Europe, Japan and China.

Value: $2,300

Donated by: Richard S. McDiarmid

Twilight, Sun and Clouds
(Item #1696, Art - Paintings)

A framed original oil on canvas (24"W x 24”H), by Bruce F. McAdam.

Biography: The son of an artist & designer, Bruce F. McAdam considers himself fortunate to have grown up in an artsy environment. He was born in Winnipeg Manitoba, has lived in BC for many years, and plans to spend the rest of his life painting our beautiful province. Bruce is totally captivated by changing light, and endlessly entranced by the effects it has on our world. He works mainly in oil, sometimes in pastel and occasionally in pencil or pen & ink. He feels that he has been most influenced by impressionistic “painters of light” such as Claude Monet, John Singer Sargent and Guy Rose.

Value: $2,100

Donated by: Bruce F. McAdam, Canadian Impressionist

Quiet Cove
(Item #1745, Art - Paintings)

A framed original oil on canvas (24"W x 30"H), by Canadian Paul Paquette.

Biography: Paul Paquette, born in Cornerbrook, Newfoundland in 1962, moved to Montreal in 1964, Winnipeg in 1970, and finally to Vancouver six years later. In his teens, Paul took an interest in photography, filmmaking and woodworking. However, it was not until after his graduation from high school that he began to paint, attending drop-in life drawing classes at the Federation of Canadian Artists. He attended regular classes and seminars given by artists such as Alan Edwards, Harry Hiene, Kiff Holland, Robert Genn, and Elizabeth Smily. In 1993, Paul explored the waters of Southern BC for 3 years in his 30’ sailboat. His paintings of this period often reflect the many shapes and moods of the coast and the Gulf Islands. However, living on a boat eventually proved to be impractical. Paul moved back to land, into a condo in Vancouver's West End - reuniting his home and studio. Throughout the 90's, Paul built strong friendships with art collectors and agents. Their enthusiastic support and ongoing promotion of his work led to a steadily increasing stream of sales and commissions. By 2000, Paul began exhibiting his works in commercial BC galleries, which further increased his work's exposure. Paul is represented in galleries in Victoria, Vancouver, Whistler, and Calgary. His works are displayed in many corporate collections such as Haywood Securities, Clark Wilson, Bull Housser Tupper, and Odlum Brown.

Value: $1,550

Donated by: Paul Paquette (courtesy of Bezanson Art Consulting)

Val Sewell
(Item #1518, Art - Paintings)

Acrylic on canvas (40"W x 30"H). An upbeat, happy comment on today's world, coupled with her award winning style, gives Val Sewell a dynamic presence in contemporary art, interpretive and impressionistic, a reminder of Paris, "optimism" and "joie de vivre" shine through her subjects - compelling viewers to share this joy.

Biography: Born in England, Val grew up in New Zealand, and now lives in Kitsilano with her husband. Initially a teacher, Val became a full time professional painter in 1978, gaining immediate recognition for her distinct, vibrant watercolours and acrylics. She has been honoured with many awards, and has been featured in too many publications to mention.

Value: $1,000

Donated by: Val Sewell

Wisteria
(Item #1576, Art - Paintings)

Acrylic on canvas Triptych (each segment 30"W x 48"H) by Canadian artist Roberta Nadeau. Bring the garden into your home with this lovely work of art that can not help but inspire and uplift.

Value: $1,000

Donated by: Genesis Fertility Clinic

Pieta
(Item #1725, Art - Paintings)

Acrylic on canvas painting (36"W x 48"H) depicting seven people in an embrace rendered in natural flesh tones.

Biography: Jason Husmillo was born in Vancouver, BC. He received a Bachelors of Fine Art from the UBC. His works have been on exhibition at the Lounge Galleryas, as well as group shows at UBC. Being of Filipino heritage, his art deals with discovery of the self and the conflict of being part of a culture he is quite removed from. The painting "Pieta" explores the idea of intimacy, equality and vulnerability without barriers.

Value: $800

Donated by: Jason Husmillo

Promise Of Spring
(Item #1533, Art - Paintings)

Acrylic on canvas (25"W x 48"H) No frame required, painted canvas sides.

Biography: Kalina has always been a creative and curious soul, and her paintings are suffused with her sense of special wonder and beauty. She dabbles with oversized variations of nature versus drawing the eye to sporadic fine details bringing contrast to her work. Her vibrant interpretations of reality, with fragments of dream-like quality evoke a sensual energy, sometimes passionate, at other times gentle - always hopeful.

Value: $700

Donated by: Kalina Kastelik

October Sunshine
(Item #1624, Art - Paintings)

Framed acrylic painting (8"W x10”H) by renowned Sunshine Coast artist Brian Romer

Biography: Brian is a well-established and treasured local artist. His oil abstracts have gradually become more representational in his desire to capture the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Brian's works have been displayed in various shows and galleries in recent years. Calona Vineyards selected one of his paintings from several hundred submissions from across Canada for the label of the Artists Series VQA Reserve, 2001 Riesling; and have more recently selected another of his works for the 2003 Pinot Gris.

Value: $675

Donated by: Brian Romer

Burrard Station Steps - Cherry Trees in Bloom
(Item #1633, Art - Paintings)

Original framed (10"W x 14"H) watercolour, painted "En Plein Air" in the Spring 2007 by artist Alfonso L. Tejada of the steps of the Burrard Station, downtown Vancouver. This painting was created at the Cherry Blossom Festival in 2007.

Biography: This Plein Air artist is both an Architect and Urban Designer - but art is his passion. Drawing, sketching and painting are the tools he used to communicate and explore ideas as well as to capture places and things in his surroundings. Alfonso is an enthusiastic promoter of painting outdoors as a way of learning to see the world and translating its beauty. Watercolour is a magical medium that allows freedom, exploration and dsicovery. His professional interest in townscapes, cityscapes and the meeting of these with nature are the sources of his inspiration.

Value: $600

Donated by: Alfonso L. Tejada

Maritime Love Affair
(Item #1643, Art - Paintings)

Acrylic on Canvas (36"W x 40"H); A recent trip to the Maritimes inspired this emotional painting. It describes Melanie's past, present and future feelings for the location.

Biography: Melanie Mendez Munden, was born in the Philippines and raised in Nova Scotia, she currently resides in BC with her family. Her studies in College LaSalle in Montreal for fashion design, led her to design jewelry, furniture, landscapes and interiors. In her new life as a mother, she continues to explore and experiment with different textures on her canvases.

Value: $600

Donated by: Melanie M. Munden

The Unfortunate Pearl
(Item #1594, Art - Paintings)

Mixed media acrylic on canvas (26"W x 30"H)

Biography: Born and raised in Vancouver, Laura Skuse studied Art History & Design at Capilano College. Her varied career has included silk-screening and floral design. She has drawn inspiration from her extensive travels throughout Europe, Australia and North America. She currently resides in Vancouver.

Value: $400

Donated by: Laura Skuse