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Christmas off-to-school shopping

“We look for good quality work of all sorts,” says Peg Graham of the process of curating The Art Show, “paintings, ceramics, toys, jewelry, photography, mixed media and wearable art in a variety of price ranges, so that everyone can afford to go home with something. Being painters ourselves," says Graham including her business partner and co-organizer Marion Burnett, "we saw an opportunity to get the work of local artists out there. Some of the artists have come as referrals from other artists and in the last couple of years some artists have heard of our shows and would just like to be a part of them.” 

Part of the appeal to artists is that thirty percent of the sales go in support of the Masai Tribal Girls of Tanzania. The Art Show has been in business since 2008 and so far many Masai girls have received a secondary school education they would otherwise not have had. And Christmas is coming so it is possible to acquire a unique one of a kind gift with good karma attached. ”When a girl is educated, not only is she educated but so is her family and her entire community,” notes Graham.

Graham notes that it is not a solemn fundraiser, “The cash bar and the cheese and crackers are definitely there to add to the party atmosphere as is the entertainment. We have the Blossom Duo on Saturday evening with a cello and guitar playing jazz and classical, and a wonderful pianist on Friday. Of course if a glass or two of wine or beer smooth the way to a purchase of an artist’s work or a bid on the silent auction, all the better.”

Graham is enthused about the silent auction which offers, “Several pieces donated by the artists, gift baskets, basketball tickets, golf foursomes, and other irresistible things.” And some of Graham’s own work is involved.  “I have a few Betty Boops that I love,” she teases, “and I also have a piece that is called 'Ewe belong to Me’ that I really like.”

The Art Show runs Fri, Nov 1 and Sat, Nov 2 at Trinity St Paul’s United Church, 427 Bloor St W.