Her name is synonymous with the arts in Canada and graces one of the most respected art institutions in B.C., so it’s apt that Emily Carr is about to make an appearance at a fundraiser to support students and the arts.
Actually the embodiment of the late painter and author, Christine Pilgrim enacts Emily Carr as part of the Spring in the Arts fundraiser at Vernon’s Powerhouse Theatre Friday, May 22.
The night, which features music and art in its many forms, is hosted by the parental advisory committee of the Vernon school district’s vLearn (virtual learning) program.
“The concept of the gala evening began when some local parents met to discuss fundraising to enhance learning opportunities at their children’s school,” said vLearn PAC representative Catherine Hansen. “In discussion about what we needed at vLearn, we realized that the best gift we could give our students was to provide them with an opportunity to help others and lead by example”
The vLearn PAC coordinated student workshops with various galleries around Vernon, including Gallery Vertigo, the Vernon Public Art Gallery, and the Vernon Community Arts Centre, and some of the student art created at those galleries will be auctioned off at Spring in the Arts.
The evening will also feature Pilgrim telling tales of Emily Carr’s journey into the world of arts. Pilgrim will be accompanied by community youth and artists, followed by a feature musical performance.
Talented violinist Eli Garlick, of up-and-coming indie rock band Amistad, will perform as well as Gus Hansen (El Gusto), who recently appeared as one of the leads in The Diviners at Powerhouse Theatre.
Also on the bill is folk singer Carolyn Anele and local drumming group the Earth Sisters.
Popular bands Lent Fraser Wall and Steel Wound will be featured in the second half of the show, while local sarode player Daniel Stark will provide entertainment in the theatre lobby at the start of the night.
Visual artisans of all levels and disciplines will also have pieces on display in the silent auction.
“In sharing the project we’ve been joined by other artists and individuals who have come forth to be involved,” said Hansen.
“Student opportunities are ongoing till the actual event date. They are learning or improving on their artistic skills, including drawing, painting, pottery, acting, music and more. The most important lesson, however, is the lesson in sharing and helping others, which has led to all sorts of opportunities.”
The event will benefit children in need through the Family Resource Centre in Vernon, the Vernon Community Music School’s (VCMS) bursary fund, and the Free the Children Foundation.
Tickets for Spring in the Arts are $15 in advance at the VCMS, Bean Scene, Gallery Vertigo, order them at firstname.lastname@example.org or get them for $20 at the door at Powerhouse, which opens at 6 p.m.