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Rotary fundraiser giving old art a second chance

It’s springtime in Calgary, and that means out with the Claus Oldenburg and in with the Roy Newell.

The Rotary Club of Calgary, Heritage Park is holding their third annual Second Chance Art Sale in April. They’re giving Calgarians a chance to donate their old art for a worthy cause, all while getting a chance to purchase something new for their collection.

And for the budget-conscious, most of the art will be sold in the $15 to $60 range. The goal is to ensure that there’s something for everyone at the fundraiser.

“It’s cheap and cheerful,” said Eve Robertson, chairperson for the RCCHP art sale committee.

“We want to move it at volume, but we do find a lot that we are very happy to price more than that,” she said.

The sale is being held on Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23 at the Acadia Recreation Complex. The complex is located at 240 – 90 Avenue SE.

Calgarians can donate their art to the fundraiser at selected Calgary Co-Op locations across the city. The club will be accepting these donations up until April 3.

“You know, the donations are flooding in—we’ve got over 1,000 pieces already,” said Robertson.

“But we need people to come to the sale. That’s the important thing,” she said.

Something for everyone

In previous years, the sale has had approximately 1,500 works of art for sale. Of that, about 90 per cent have been below $60.

The RCCHP will also have an art expert on hand on Saturday. They’ll be available to talk patrons through the differences between a highly valuable work of art, and more attractive or decorative art pieces.

“She’s going to have an example of a several hundred dollar piece, and talk about why it’s worth that,” said Robertson.

She said that collectors looking for higher-priced works of art would have a number of pieces to look at this year.

Focus on providing funding for seniors and families

Funds raised from the show will go towards the RCCHP’s focus this year on senior citizens and family initiatives.

The goal this year is to raise $20,000. But, said Robertson, they would be thrilled to put even $10,000 towards good works.

Among the projects are Home Space, Calgary Community Kitchens, and Alcove.

“We invest in organizations that do great work in Calgary, although I have to be honest, we do a small proportion does go and international work, too,” said Robertson.

“We consider community to be Calgary and the world, but the huge majority is spent locally,” she said.