The Rotary Club of Kamloops Daybreak is looking for art and it’s reaching out to the people of Kamloops for help.
The organization is developing a new fundraiser called Art from the Attic and is looking for donations of paintings, prints and posters — and just about anything that will hang on a wall, be its origins in your attic or elsewhere.
In October, Rotary Daybreak will be putting those donations up for sale.
“It was something my husband and I had seen in Invermere in 2011,” said Daybreak member Beverly Warner, noting her daughter brought her to the Kootenay town’s art sale.
“There was a lineup of people, probably a block long, waiting to get in,” Warner said.
She immediately thought it was a project that could be just as successful in Kamloops.
With the Daybreak club starting work on some potentially expensive improvements at the Overlander long-term care facility, finding a new source of funds became important.
Among other things needing work, Daybreak plans to rebuild the gazebo and redo the asphalt sidewalks at the Brocklehurst care home.
But the club first needs art — and that’s where Kamloopsians come in.
“So, now we’re asking for art,” Warner said. “Now we need art. We need lots of art. We want to have 1,200 pieces of art.”
Even though the sale won’t take place until Oct. 4 and Oct. 5, Daybreak wants to get the art as soon as possible.
“We need to get it now, not in September, because September makes it a little tough to get everything together,” Warner said.
And art is already starting to come in, including a custom piece that was painted by local artist Correen Genshorek.
Warner said Daybreak members can clean up scuffed artwork and can repair broken glass in frames. She added that donations of empty frames are also welcome.
In addition to raising money for Rotary Daybreak’s community endeavours, Warner hopes the project will results in more art on walls of Kamloops homes.
“I would think the arts community would like that, too,” she said.
Those interested in making a donation can contact Warner at 778-220-2865 to arrange for pickup or drop-off.