#69 Buy a piece of art

As mentioned in a previous post, the lovely and talented Jude Remedios generously donated some of her original artwork to my Free The Children fundraiser garage sale.

Before putting them up for sale, I looked through the canvases to see if there was anything that spoke to me.

One in particular did.

The painting is on a 20″ x 30″ canvas, and is titled “The Secret.” It’s the portrait of the left side of a young woman’s face, whom it’s of I do not know.

The colours match nicely with my room’s decor, and the painting reminded me of myself, so I just had to have it.

Plus, Jude is an award-winning artist and a juried member of the Federation of Canadian Artists. That’s no small deal.

We sold the canvases at the garage sale for $20 each, an extremely good bargain. Where else could I have gotten a cool piece of art for that price?

3 goals down, 98 left to go.

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Yesterday, I held my second fundraiser garage sale for Free The Children, and to great success.

As British Columbia Ambassadors, my team and I have dedicated our reign to raising funds to build a school in Kenya, through Craig Kielburger’s Free The Children organization.

The school has been a two-year projec started by our ambassador predecessors, and the goal is close to being achieved with the help of family, friends and the generous communities of B.C.

At the beginning of my reign, we had several grand left to raise. Now, the three of us have about $1,000 each left to fundraise.

My first fundraiser garage sale was in my hometown of White Rock a couple of weeks ago. And despite the lousy weather, I managed to raise $450.

Yesterday, we (my family and I) took the same trinkets and treasures we hadn’t managed to sell in White Rock to Pitt Meadows for a second attempt. We set up shop in my Aunt and Uncle’s garage, and sold over $350 in just a few hours.

I have only $200 or so left to raise!

Thank you’s to all of the people who have helped me and my team out:

@BobSongs, UB and AL thank you for the garage sale items, generous donations in both dollar amounts and time, and your unwavering enthusiasm.

Thanks to my grandparents for the handmade birdhouses and boxes upon boxes of garage sale stuff that made me a goldmine at both fundraisers.

Thank you to my parents and sister Chloe for all of your help, time and effort, and for keeping me in check when the crown and all of the attention it attracts starts to go to my head.

A special shout out to Jude Remedios for donating some beautiful pieces of art for my garage sale.

(You can check out her work at www.juderemedios.com).

To reach my $1,000 goal, I will be selling homemade birdhouses and craft kits at the White Rock Farmers’ Market on Sunday, June 27.

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I’ve lived all of my life a mere 40 minutes away from Vancouver, and yet I’ve hardly spent any time there.

Sure when I was younger I did the typical tourist-y Vancouver things like biking the Stanley Park seawall, exploring Science World and visiting the Vancouver Aquarium. But for the most part, these were all attractions experienced through elementary school fieldtrips.

This fact has spawned two important realizations.

First, it dawned on me the importance of educational fieldtrips, especially for children and youth. For the average young family, it may not be financially or logistically convenient to spend weekends and evenings at places like the Space Center or the Vancouver Art Gallery.

But Vancouver’s wide array of exhibitions not only provide information sometimes not covered in public school curriculums, young minds also get to learn about and experience their city and province.

Fieldtrips are also a different learning style, offering a more hands-on immersive learning environment than the typical textbook method. And honestly, they are just tons of fun.

My second realization, was that we really ought to spend time getting to know where we live more intimately; that is to say, culturally and historically.

I spent yesterday being a tourist in my own town of Vancouver, something I really haven’t done before, barring the Winter Olympics.

A friend and I went to the Space Center and Planetarium, the Burnaby Museum, the Museum of Vancouver, the Vancouver Art Gallery, Stanley Park and the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Gardens.

I learned a lot about the history of Vancouver, and realized how culturally rich this city is. No wonder it was named “Top City of the Americas” in the 2009 Readers’ Choice Awards in the Condé Nast Traveler magazine, or the world’s “Most Liveable City” in 2005 according to the Economist Intelligence Unit, or was a Top 100 World Destination pick in Trip Advisor’s 2008 Traveller’s Choice Awards.

My yesterday was spent learning and experiencing and simply living. It was like being a little kid again (especially when I rode the Burnaby Museum’s carousel). And for that, I am thankful.

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