On Saturday, March 9th L’Arche Greater Vancouver presented its fourth annual Art of Being Together art exhibit and fundraiser. Held at the beautiful Nikkei Museum and Cultural Centre, the exhibit featured three galleries: The Art Together Gallery, Finalists Gallery and the Honourable Mentions Gallery. The Art Together Gallery showed paintings created by L’Arche members with and without developmental disabilities. The Finalists and Honourable Mentions were chosen by our art judges, Janice Robertson, Alan Wylie and Linda Muttit. While guests examined the artwork in the lobby to music performed by pianist Lily Xu, guitarist Ivan Dimitov and the Sheldon Leung Jazz Trio, they were also asked to vote for their favorite painting. As the Jazz Trio wrapped things up for us in the lobby, Tetsu Taiko’s reverberating drums invited the guests to the hall where the awards winners were announced.
The artists selected for the Finalists Gallery were eligible to win the Judge’s Choice Award and the People’s Choice Award. This year, for the first time in Art of Being Together shows, both the Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice were awarded to the same artist.
Congratulations to Hu Jun (Caesar) for winning the People’s Choice and Judge’s Choice awards! Here is a photo of Hu Jun with the winning painting titled “Twins”:
This year, we asked artists to submit artwork inspired by the theme of “Me and My Community”. Hu Jun’s painting was inspired by the closest form of community – family. His artist statement reads:
“Daughters are so important in the family. When I watch the twins in pink [with their] golden hair flying in the breeze, riding the bicycle and pass by me, this image awakens my responsibility of being a father [and] that I should ensure her safety of crossing the road every time.“
Hu Jun is a graduate of the Central Fine Art Institution in Beijing. He immigrated to Canada in 2007 and has shown his work in exhibitions all over the world including China, London, New York and Las Vegas. This was his first year submitting artwork to the Art of Being Together.
We would also like to congratulate our honourable mentions and finalists for being chosen to show their work at our exhibit.
The Art of Being Together is an art exhibit but it is first and foremost a celebration of community and togetherness. On the other end of the Nikkei Centre, the hall was filled with fun activities for everyone in the family to enjoy.
Jane Appleby led the Community Art Project in which guests and volunteers participated in creating a painting together. The finished piece titled “My Community Rocks!” was gifted to our neighbour, St. Michael’s Centre.
This year’s silent auction was the largest yet and raised over $3,500 thanks to our generous contributors. Items ranged from Canucks tickets, sailing trips, yoga pass, SHAW HD PVR and a variety of gift baskets.
Inspired by the Nikkei Centre’s display of origami cranes in the lobby, L’Arche also had an Origami Station this year. Art teacher, Sheila Chowdhury taught our guests how to fold origami boats.
For more pictures and info about the Art of Being Together, visit our Facebook page (www.fb.com/taobt)
Thank you again to all of our contributors, volunteers and guests for making the Fourth Annual Art of Being Together a success.