By Alex Dawkins
Posted in News, on November 25, 2015
Since 2006, Lattimer Gallery has hosted a charity event in the winter based upon the silent auction of bentwood boxes. Métis/Cree artist James Michels has donated the blank steam-bent boxes, Northwest Coast First Nations artists have donated their creativity, and Lattimer Gallery has donated the promotion and venue for the event. Our Annual Charity Bentwood Boxes event has been gaining momentum every year since its inception, and we have now raised over $150,000.00 CAD for local Urban First Nations causes.
Four years ago, we were pleased to announce a partnership with the Urban Native Youth Association, a Vancouver organization which has been providing 21 prevention-focused programs and services to Native youth since 1988. We now assign 100% of all donations from our charity auctions to UNYA. Last year was by far our most successful year to date, with $45,435.98 CAD being raised for UNYA.
Between November 21st and December 5th you will have the chance to bid on these one-of-a-kind pieces via phone, email, or in person. The boxes can be viewed on our website with their current accompanying bids starting on the 21st. Participating artists include Corey Bulpitt (Haida), Joe Campbell (Coast Salish), Phil Gray (Tsimshian/Cree), Bradley Hunt (Heiltsuk), Dean Hunt (Heiltsuk), Shawn Hunt (Heiltsuk), Corrine Hunt (Kwakwaka’wakw/Tlingit), James Michels (Métis/Cree), Ian Reid (Heiltsuk), Steve Smith (Kwakwaka’wakw), and Clint Work (Kwakwaka’wakw), among others.
We invite you to take part in our exciting charity event. Please join us for a reception concluding the final evening of bidding, December 5th, from 5pm to 8pm. The boxes will be on display and participating artists for our annual charity event will be in attendance. In addition, we will donate 10% of sales made on December 5th to UNYA.