Heartfelt art exhibit in Kelowna

Unique fundraiser organized with support of participating artists for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

  • Feb. 7, 2016 3:00 p.m.

A one of a kind painting, created right before your eyes, in an hour. It’s a unique fundraiser for the Heart and Stroke Foundation called ART Attack and it’s returning just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Six Okanagan artists will get their creative brushes flowing at this year’s ART Attack which strives to raise funds for the organization, as well as showcase the local artist community.

Each artist, who has donated their time and materials to participate in the event, will have one hour to create their piece which will then be live auctioned off the same night, with all of the money going to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Jessica Samuels, area manager for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, says the artists will also bring a few selections from their portfolio which will be available for purchase, with proceeds from those sales going back to the artist themselves.

“We have had such amazing support from this community. Alex Fong, Leanne Spanza and Jolene Mackie are taking part once again this year and we are quite excited about the new artists who are participating. It is a diverse art show that really makes these pieces accessible to most budgets,” Samuels said.

Last year’s event saw an Alex Fong original sold for under $400 while other paintings were auctioned off for as low as $120.

The event takes place Feb 10 at the Kelowna Heritage Loft, 339 Bernard Ave, in downtown Kelowna. Doors open at 7 p.m., the event kicks off at 7:15 p.m.

Tickets $20 available online at the website eventbrite, and either at the Heart and Stroke Foundation office, 4-1551 Sutherland Ave, or at the door.

February is Heart Month for the Heart and Stroke Foundation; thousands of events are taking place all across the country to help the organization raise money and achieve their vision: Healthy lives free of heart disease and stroke.

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