“We’ve worked hard,” says organizer Jean Altemeyer. That is an understatement.
Grands ‘n’ More do it again on Sept. 24, 2017 when they host their 3rd annual Art from the Attic sale.
Since June, dozens of volunteers have gathered, sorted, and priced more than 2000 works of art that folks from the city and surrounding towns generously gave in support of the children in Africa.
Community support and donations have been so great the fundraiser had to move to larger quarters, at 87 Walmer St.
Thanks to free rent from Terracon, drop off site from End of the Roll, and sponsorship to cover costs from Qualico and Assiniboine Credit Union, all proceeds from the sale will go directly to the grandmothers in Africa raising orphans whose parents died of AIDS.
People line up long before the doors open and the most popular artwork that sells out within minutes is Aboriginal art.
This is testimony to the healing power of Indigenous teachings represented in art that conveys hope and resilience. It’s a body of work that incorporates connection to Mother Earth and a spiritual heritage that links grandmothers everywhere.
There are also amazing pieces of original art, prints, sketches, oils, watercolours and decorator items from local and international artists of every size and colour.
The indomitable spirit of local Grands n’ More doesn’t stop with artwork. At 7 p.m. Nov. 4, 2017, McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park Shopping Centre will host the launch of Powered by Love: A Grandmothers’ Movement to End AIDS in Africa. This is the untold story of Africa.
For a sneak preview of stories go to grandmotherspoweredbylove.com
As mover and shaker Jean Altemeyer says, “The grandmothers need to know they are not alone.”
There is also a need for resources that were destroyed by the pandemic which wiped out entire communities, she says. “That’s why we spend so much time on this – the need is so obvious.”
All photos by Sharon Twilley