Have you ever been to an art auction and a beautiful painting caught your eye, but you knew you would never be able to afford it? What if I were to tell you that you can bid on that art and it won’t cost you any money at all? Sound too good to be true? Well there is a bit of a twist, but it’s one you will no doubt think is brilliant. You can bid on that art with your TIME instead of your money.
You can do this at the Kamloops This Week Timeraiser. The concept is so inspiring and September Kuromi was so impressed with this initiative that she knew she had to bring it to Kamloops. Seven years later this event is now an award winning venture as Kamloops This Week won a Ma Murray award for taking over the title sponsorship of Timeraiser, as we knew how vital it is to support local art and volunteerism in the community.
Here’s how the KTW Timeraiser works: Generous corporate sponsors pay the local artists for their work. The art consists of paintings, sculptures, photography, wearable art, and even furniture. The artwork gets put on display at the event on November 15th at the Rex Hall downtown and the public is invited to come to the show. There is live music by Kelly Spencer, delicious appetizers by Mission Control Catering, and there are 15 non-profit agencies on hand so you can learn more about what they need help with so you can have some great ideas for volunteering if you bid on the art. You will have a year to complete your hours and then at the next event you will get presented your work of art for all of your hard work. There is no obligation to become a volunteer or to bid on the art. This is a fabulous night out and many just come to enjoy.
This year I will be earning a gorgeous piece by Shelley Penner called Strawberry Fields. I have contributed a total of 100 hours of time to many different agencies including Operation Red Nose, Brennan’s Ugly Sweater Run, Kamloops Therapeutic Riding, Junior Achievement, BC Interior Community Foundation and many more. My husband bid on art and got his last year after volunteering for Kamloops Immigrant Services.
The great thing about this initiative is it introduces volunteers to some great organizations. Even though my husband has already received his art, he liked volunteering so much for Immigrant Services, he still coaches soccer for them on Thursday nights.
If you would like to see some of the art that is up for bidding as well as who the agencies are that will be on hand, check out ktwtimeraiser.ca. You will also see a featured Timeraiser of the Month with their well earned art. Tickets are available now on that website or eventbrite. Hope to see you November 15th, 7 p.m. at the Rex 417 Seymour Street.
A big thank you to September Kuromi for her vision and determination in making the KTW Timeraiser such a fabulous event. We will be saying goodbye to September at this year’s event as she is relocating, and we will be introducing the new organizers for KTW Timeraiser 2020 — Mike and Jenn O’Brien at 4Cats Art Studio. If you have any questions about the event you can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org
This is the only Auction where your time is actually money. We like to say “Bid Time - Do Good - Get Art.”