Popular showcase shifts into spring

Annual small works raises funds for Victoria Hospice

Heather Wheeler

Heather Wheeler

The Avenue Gallery aims to prove that small things can make a big difference.

They’ve shifted a popular showcase in a bid to raise funds the the Victoria Hospice. “A Little Something..in May?” runs May 7 to 10.

“People are so used to it being in the fall so that’s why we have the funny little question mark,” explained gallery owner Heather Wheeler.

This highly successful exhibition, usually held in December, features miniature paintings by more than 20 artists including Ron Parker, Linzy Arnott and Susie Cipolla.

“Every year for our small show we’ve had a lineup of clients and that rarely happens in the art industry, but people really anticipate this show,” said Wheeler. “Even more special this year is the fundraising component. We’re giving back to a cause that’s really worthy.”

The Avenue Gallery will donate partial proceeds from the exhibition and many artists will donate a percentage from their sales, in some cases 100 per cent. Victoria Hospice relies on fundraising for half of its annual budget.

“Hospice has played such an important role for so many people in Victoria and they need to let more people know the service they provide,” Wheeler said.  “My mother and father-in-law were under their care for the final days they were with us. Having witnessed first hand what exceptional care they provide – it’s important.”

Visitors can see the works during the day May 7, but can’t purchase until the sale starts at 6 p.m. The show runs May 7 to 10 at The Avenue Gallery, 2184 Oak Bay Ave.

The works range in price from $95 to $1,000,

“So there really is something in everyone’s budget,” Wheeler said.

 

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