I am writing on behalf of ElderDog Canada, a national, community-based, non-profit organization.
ElderDog is having our second “Annual Art Show for ElderDog”, in November of 2017. Our first event held last year at the Lord Nelson Hotel, was a huge success. It was really well attended, very well supported by the art community and raised over $10 000 in support of both local artists and the work of ElderDog Canada. The event showcases artists work in a gallery type setting while inviting the general public to view the displays of art, enjoy a glass of wine and purchase the various works of art in support of ElderDog and the contributing artists. Last year’s inaugural auction was our first experience and we learned a lot, of course made some mistakes but are very excited to be using that experience to help us put together another successful event this year.
In case you are not familiar with ElderDog, we were incorporated in 2009, and the work of ElderDog is dedicated to the well-being of aging dogs and aging people. The organization is volunteer based and relies on donations and fundraising to carry out our work. There are no fees for any of our services.
Our mission at ElderDog is to honour and preserve the human-animal bond through care, companionship and education. We do this through programs that include:
- assisting and supporting older adults in the care and well-being of their canine companions
- providing care and companionship for older dogs whose lives have been disrupted due to illness or the death of a human companion
- educating health and animal care professionals and the general public of all ages about the human-animal bond in general and the significant role of companion animals in the health and well-being of seniors in particular
To support this year’s event we seek artistic work from both professional and vocational artists in any media including, paint on paper, paint on canvas, paint on wood or stone, photography and beyond. Dogs are at the heart of ElderDog’s work, yet a focus on dogs is only one of the possibilities for subject matter.
The main objective of course is as a fundraising event. We seek mainly smaller scale artworks that can be expected to be sold to the general public for retail prices ranging from $50 to $500. Last year we sold many smaller items but sold several in the $100-$500 range and also sold a beautiful canvas for $1200 so we are open to the idea of presenting larger, more expensive works as well and would be grateful for any and all contributions. For those artists who wish to share the proceeds we will typically suggest at least a 50% donation, but we are open to a variety of arrangements. Works should be presented fully ready for display or hanging. A follow up email will include all the details and will be sent as soon as the venue and date have been finalized.
I thank you in advance for your consideration and look forward to hearing from you. A response, in support or otherwise would be appreciated.