Textile Art Exhibit

Campbell River Grandmothers to Grandmothers

If you’ve never seen the striking beauty of textile art, your chance is coming, starting next week.

“Turning the tide, one ripple at a time” is an exhibit of fabulous textile artworks currently travelling through Western Canada that will arrive at the Campbell River Museum on Feb. 8, thanks to the efforts of Campbell River’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers group.

The local group was formed after Stephen Lewis, former United Nations Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, came to Courtenay in June of 2008 to speak about the issues surrounding HIV-AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa and the work of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. His discussion was attended by people from Campbell River who were moved by what they heard about the plight of orphans and grandmothers in Africa.

In October 2008 the first textile art show was displayed at the Tidemark Theatre. A list was provided and those who were sufficiently motivated signed on and gave birth to the Campbell River Grandmothers to Grandmothers. Stephen Lewis’ visit to the Comox Valley had planted the seed and the textile show was the Genesis of the group.

The 52 works in this latest travelling exhibit were created by 30 artists belonging to the Comox Valley’s North Island Quilters For Community Awareness group. They will be auctioned off at a gala event in Victoria on March 12, but first they’ll hang at the Campbell River Museum from Feb. 8 to Feb. 20, Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. On Feb. 13th, from 1-4 p.m. the Grandmothers are inviting the public to a reception at the museum.

Several of the textile artists will be on hand to speak about their inspiration and the art that they have produced. This is a one-time opportunity to view the art works before they find permanent homes. These are creations with a direct social purpose and all were created to raise funds for the Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign; launched by the Stephen Lewis Foundation to raise money for grandmothers in Africa caring for children orphaned by HIV and AIDS. Twenty three different grandmother’s groups from Winnipeg to Vancouver Island have been working to promote and exhibit the textile art.

From the Courier-Islander (Campbell River)

Admission to the Campbell River Museum gallery is free. For further information contact catherine.gilbert@crmuseum.ca or call the Museum at 250-287-3103.

In support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation

February 8th – 20th
Tues-Sun, 12 to 5
CR Museum
470 Island Hwy

Reception Sunday, February 13th, 1 to 4 pm
Artists will be in attendance
Light refreshments will be served

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