On Friday night, the Counseling Center of East Algoma kicked off its silent art auction with what Center Public Educator organizer Paula Kendall called a “run”.
Called “Art for the Holidays,” Kendall said she was pleased with how the opening went – featuring Indigenous drummers, dancers and musicians from the Serpent River First Nation (SRFN) joined by the pianist and local singer Ponto Paparo to liven up the evening.
Even Santa Claus made an appearance at the Collins Hall event after taking part in the Elliot Lake Static Christmas Parade to see the art and offer special Christmas greetings.
The public event was also an opportunity to see the art that will be auctioned. Those who bought a ticket for the evening were treated to free Indian tacos and kids’ hot dogs. All of Algoma Public Health’s COVID protocols were in place.
The art was donated by local artists and collectors and includes paintings, quilts, woodcarvings, photographs and more.
The auction starts today (Saturday) from 4 p.m. and will run for three auction weeks in line. The statements of the offers will be updated regularly.
According to Kendall, the goal is to raise $ 10,000.
The proceeds of the auction will be donated to families in the community, as well as to families of the SRFN. Families will receive food baskets with the help of the Food Bank, the purchase of basic necessities and / or gifts for the holidays.