The Burnaby Artists Guild and Edmond's Community Centre want to thank those who came out to help paint murals for the B.C. Children's Hospital last September to support the 2012 Culture Days celebrations.
The murals project was inspired by Burnaby NOW photographer Larry Wright's son, Casey, who has been battling brain cancer. Roxsane Tiernan of the Burnaby Artists Guild was moved by Casey's story, as she also had a daughter with a brain tumour. The murals are destined for the B.C. Children's Hospital in Vancouver.
"When you have these kinds of problems, and you are waiting, it's always nice to look at something that takes your mind somewhere else," Tiernan said.
The Burnaby Artists Guild and Tiernan spearheaded the project, and local artist Jing Jia came up with the design, which was outlined on small pieces on canvas boards. Members of the community, from small children to seniors, were invited to help fill in the colours. Once complete, the pieces were assembled into two murals, and the hospital foundation is arranging to pick them up. To see the images, go to www.bur nabyartistsguild.com.
Two Burnaby entries were mentioned in the United Way's "Care to Change" video contest.
The annual contest calls on people to create videos on Lower Mainland issues, like poverty, bullying and seniors' isolation, and inspire people to donate to the charitable organization. The United Way funds 160 social service agencies in the Lower Mainland. The winners were announced on Feb. 17.
In the adult category, Burnaby's Ashleigh Tritton made a video about a daughter and her mother with dementia and won third place, and a group of students from the South Burnaby Neighbourhood House garnered a special mention for their claymation video about a child imagining a life without poverty. To see the videos, go to care tochange.ca.
Artists Helping Artists is inviting folks to drop by the studio for Purple Day on March 26, to help raise awareness about epilepsy.
Artists Helping Artists is a non-profit inclusive art studio that welcomes people with disabilities.
The Centre for Epilepsy is helping put on the Purple Day event, on March 26, from noon to 2 p.m., people dressed in purple will be working on purple paintings, and there will be food. The general public is invited to drop by and paint something or check out the works in progress. The studio is at 7724 Royal Oak, in Burnaby's South Slope neighbourhood.
Cassidy Megan, a young Halifax girl with epilepsy, started Purple Day.
Purple is considered the international colour for epilepsy, and Cassidy started to wear purple on March 26 to raise awareness about epilepsy and let other sufferers know they are not alone.