Bradley Hunt, Makeshift Shelter. Lattimer Gallery
For the past five years, selected northwest coast First Nations artists have donated their time, materials and creative efforts to the Lattimer Gallery’s Annual Charity Bentwood Box Silent Auction.
In the process of raising donations for charity, these artists are
given the opportunity to create outstanding pieces by thinking “outside the box”. All of the boxes have first been steam-bent and donated by Métis/Cree artist James Michels.
This year, the Lattimer Gallery and its participating artists raised $21,250 for Urban Native Youth Association, a Vancouver organization which has been providing 21 prevention-focused programs and services to First Nations youth since 1988 to help meet their immediate and longer-term needs. UNYA’s work includes advocacy, community development, and providing youth with opportunities to provide input into their programs and services.
At the auction, notable high bids were Robert Davidson’s box at $5,000, Shawn Hunt’s box at $2,700, and Clint Work’s box at $2,500. Other interesting boxes sold were by Aaron Nelson-Moody, Gwaii Edenshaw, Barry Wilson, Sharifah Marsden and Phil Gray among others. More information at http://www.lattimergallery.com