by Greta Yeoman
Money raised from an upcoming art sale will fund food vouchers for Christchurch’s Muslim community.
The annual Art Bonanza, held at Gleniti Baptist Church, will run from this Sunday evening until noon on Wednesday, organiser Dale Davey said.
She said artists from around South Canterbury had sent in works for the sale, which was now in its ninth year.
All the money raised would be sent in the form of food vouchers to Muslim families affected by the March 15 shootings at two Christchurch mosques.
Mrs Davey said while not all those involved with the sale were connected to Gleniti Baptist Church, many were.
The church was one of four community groups to be part of the trial refugee sponsorship scheme, which had involved members supporting a Syrian family of former refugees to resettle in Timaru.
The family of three, who arrived last year, were part of the Timaru Muslim community.
This was partially why the organisers had decided to financially support Christchurch Muslim families following the attacks, Mrs Davey said.
Sales would include a commission back to the artist but all proceeds, and most of the entry fee, would go towards the fundraising, Mrs Davey said.
It was a “cash and carry” event, so people could purchase on the spot and take the art with them.
She said last year’s pieces ranged from $25 to $700 and were across a range of mediums, including canvases, woodwork, photography, fibre art and sculptures.
Previous events have fundraised for a group of Gleniti Baptist teenagers to travel to Bangladesh to volunteer, raised money for helicopter rescue services and aid work following the Fiji Cyclone of 2016, as well as sending money to a Kiwi couple now working in Bangladesh to educate street workers and their children.
Mrs Davey said the art sale originally began following the 2010 Pike River Coal disaster.
The inaugural event had raised funds for the families of the 29 men who died in the November 2010 mining disaster.
Since then, a different group had been chosen each year, she said.
The Art Bonanza will be held at Gleniti Baptist Church, 58 Gleniti Rd, from this Sunday to Wednesday. The sale will run from 7.15pm until late on Sunday and will be open from 9am to 3pm on both Monday and Tuesday. It will also be open to the public from 9am to noon on Wednesday April 17.