Gary Holman’s community office hosts conservation art pieces

Art for an Oil-Free Coast displayed at the office of Gary Holman, MLA Saanich North and the Islands.

As part of the 2014 ArtSea Festival, art from Raincoast’s Art for an Oil-Free Coast collection is on display at the Community Office of Gary Holman, MLA for Saanich North and the Islands. The 4th annual Peninsula ArtSea Festival, by the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula, takes place throughout the Saanich Peninsula from October 17th to 26th.

The artworks on display are some remaining from a collection of over sixty pieces, most of which were original paintings, carvings, and sculptures donated to Raincoast. Over 50 artists, including some of Canada’s most celebrated and many of whom are First Nations, took to the language of paintbrushes and art tools to give a voice to our fragile coast. All were donated in support of our oil-free coast initiatives. These artists are united in the belief that an oil spill from a supertanker would have a catastrophic impact on this remarkable region. They want to bring international attention to our fragile coast, and believe no amount of profit is worth the risk.

All the pieces at Holman’s office are for sale, with proceeds going to Raincoast’s Art for an Oil-Free Coast initiatives. Gary Holman’s Community Office is located at: 2393 Beacon Ave., Sidney. Raincoast is grateful to the ArtSea Festival and Gary Holman for the opportunity to display these fine art pieces. Art buyers interested in purchasing any of these pieces please contact us for information. Other pieces of the Raincoast collection are also on display at Peninsula Gallery and Village Gallery in Sidney

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