Banksy Squirrel Character with Mask, Pigment prints on cotton paper, 24 x 36, Carollyne Yardley, 2013

Banksy Squirrel Character with Mask, Pigment prints on cotton paper, 24 x 36, Carollyne Yardley, 2013

I was invited to participate in Art Beat Vancouver 2015.

ArtBeat Vancouver is a celebration of local art and music to raise funds for Canadian charities. It is an evening-long event that includes a silent art auction, live musical performances, drinks, dancing and an all around good time!

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This year’s ArtBeat supported Esther’s Place, a Vancouver transitional housing facility for women and children fleeing domestic violence. Esther’s place provides essential services for recovery and independence. They also be donated 10% of the funds raised to their wonderful founding charity Little Footprints Big Steps.

The event was held on Saturday, July 25th, 2015, The Belkin Residence, Vancouver, BC.

The piece I donated, Banksy Squirrel Character with Mask (which you may recall from #Strangelings exhibit at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Massey Gallery) was purchased by a lovely collector from Vancouver, BC.

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Carollyne having a fan moment with artist Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun.

Collector (l) and Carollyne at ArtsBeat Vancouver 2015.

Collector (l) and Carollyne at ArtsBeat Vancouver 2015.

The night would not be complete without taking home a great piece of art for myself. I spied at Graeme Berglund with mask and all. He’s an exceptionally good painter, and this piece while different than his cityscapes, it just full of texture and masterful brushstrokes.

Givin' Up Gucc', 16 x 20, 2015 by Graeme Berglund.

Acrylic on canvas. 16″ x 20″. Goin’ Out Gucc’ by Graeme Berglund.

Detail. Acrylic on canvas. 16" x 20". Goin' Out Gucc'.

Detail. Acrylic on canvas. 16″ x 20″. Goin’ Out Gucc’.

ArtBeat Vancouver 2015, Artist List.

ArtBeat Vancouver 2015, Artist List.