The Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre is gearing up for its art sale Dec. 2 to 4, which will feature more than 300 works — from oils, acrylics, watercolours, and mixed media pieces — all donated by artists, estates, patrons and members.
“We couldn’t do it without our generous donors and dedicated volunteers,” said Pumphouse director Rima Boles.
“The support from the community has been overwhelming.”
Volunteers not only helped drive the call for artwork donations but were also involved in collecting, moving, valuation and inventory of all the pieces for sale, she said.
The sale is the Pumphouse's first major, in-person fundraiser in more than a year.
In time for the holidays, it's an opportunity to purchase original artworks for your home or as gifts, while at the same time supporting children and youth programs, Boles said.
“Art plays an important role in a child’s development. Our children and youth programs allow exploration and creative-thinking through various art activities,” she said,
“Due to the pandemic, we had to reinvent the way we deliver these programs. Proceeds from the art sale will help sustain the delivery of various art courses for young aspiring artists that we run throughout the year, including Healing Arts for Kids and Family-Friendly Art Studio.”
As with previous years, the NOTL landmark will be one of the sites participating in the annual Niagara-on-the-Lake Rotary Holiday House Tour. The centre will be professionally decorated by the designers from the Charming House.
“After seeing the beautifully decorated homes and spaces, we hope the viewing public will be inspired to deck their halls for the holidays. The art sale offers a wide range of artworks that are ready to be enjoyed,” says Boles.
The sale runs from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.. COVID-19 protocols will be in place to ensure safe and worry-free shopping.