Painters Produce Profits for Pain
Karen Kesteloot April 26, 2014
How did a group of Guelph artists to raise $15,000 net in...
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How did a group of Guelph artists to raise $15,000 net in only three hours? Care of grieving families inspired them to donate their talents in the exciting speed painting contest.

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  1. 1. Painters Produce Profits for Pain Karen Kesteloot April 26, 2014 How did a group of Guelph artists to raise $15,000 net in only three hours? Care of grieving families inspired them to donate their talents in the exciting speed painting contest. (Newswire.net -- April 26, 2014) Guelph, Ontario --24 artists took the spotlight for one exciting night of enthusiastic fundraising in support of providing relief to families suffering from the loss of a loved one. Families coping with the death of a loved one in Guelph felt lost and unsupported by their community while going through some of the most difficult times of their lives. To remedy this, Hospice Wellington was created in 1980 to support these families and provide care and assistance to terminally ill patients. Guelph residents now rave about the sensitivity and support they receive from Hospice. Their enthusiasm was shown in the selling out of the Brush Off fundraiser event in February. Hospice Wellington set out to find a new way to ease families through the pain of loss and grief with the healing powers art by introducing their Art Therapy Program. It sparked the interest of local arts organizations to get involved to raise money in support of the new program. The Guelph Arts Council together with Wyndham Art Supplies and countless local businesses pooled their efforts to create the dynamic fundraising event, complete with food catered by Delta Inn’s Fifty West Restaurant, a fully licenced bar, and donated prizes. Scotiabank also helped in the selling out of the event. 24 local artists competed in 4 rounds creating paintings on the spot with only 30 minutes for each. The enthusiastic crowd of 500 voted for their favourite painters down to the final round with 3 artists remaining, Meredith Blackmore won gold, Karen Kesteloot won silver and Ryan Price won bronze. All paintings created by participants of the Brush Off were sold to the guests through a silent auction. Karen Kesteloot, owner of “PortPrep”, a business aimed at getting prospective arts students into top ranking colleges proved her skill by winning second place and a silver brush for her paintings. Karen explained her painting process saying, “I decided to follow the advice I give my portfolio students which is to create images using unusual tools like sticks or pieces of packaging. The marks made by these abnormal tools often yield far more interesting results”. Among the tools Karen painted with were the box the paint came in, a fork and even an old tennis ball. The crowd showed their interest in her bizarre choice of utensils by voting her through to the final round. Karen in Round 2 of the Brush Off
  2. 2. Known as the “Admissions Insider, Karen has gotten 100% of her students accepted into the best arts colleges in the world including schools like OCADU, Sheridan, Ryerson , RISD, Ringling College, SVA, and the University of Arts. She gets these outstanding results by teaching students how to improve their artworks and by sharing the secrets of the best way to arrange the pieces in their art portfolio. If you are interested in getting professional help from an art instructor with your art portfolio, click here. Related resources: Brush Off Guelph Home Page http://www.brushoffguelph.com Wyndham Art Supplies http://www.wyndhamartsupplies.com/isapi/isapi.dll Brush Off raises at least $15,000 for Hospice Wellington – Guelph Mercury http://www.guelphmercury.com/news-story/4359405-brush-off-raises-at-least-15-000-for-hospice- wellington/ SNAP Guelph http://www.snapguelph.com/index.php?option=com_sngevents&id%5B%5D=640445 PortPrep 275 Woolwich St Guelph, Ontario N1H 3V8 519-803-2539 info@portprep.com http://portprep.com/wp/ Source: http://www.newswire.net/newsroom/pr/00081205-painters-produce-profits-for-pain.html

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