Penticton Arts Council prepares over 750 gift packages for children and seniors – Penticton Western News

It’s been a busy two weeks for the Penticton Art Council and there’s still a day left for people to join in the fun.

The council’s second annual winter auction ends at 5 p.m. on Friday, December 17, and over $2,000 has already been raised to support local art. Proceeds from the online auction are expected to go directly to the Arts Matter program.

But this year, it’s not just about bidding at an auction and bringing home some artwork.

Amid the devastating November floods in Princeton, the council is preparing art packages for children in affected areas.

More than 750 packages have already been prepared and will be sent not only to children in the Princeton area, but also to seniors who are connected with local Penticton organizations like the South Okanagan Women in Need Society.

In a bid to raise $5,000, the arts council is making a final push Friday to engage the community.

“We believe in a vibrant, thriving and sustainable arts community that is inclusive and accessible to all,” the Penticton and District Community Arts Council said in a statement.

For over 60 years, the City Arts Council has provided free arts events in Penticton, from musical performances to arts and crafts sessions.

The Council’s Winter Auction isn’t just an event, however, where people can take home art – music lessons, gift baskets and bottles of wine are also available in online auctions.

To bid online, the council asks you to visit its winter auction website. But to donate directly to the cause that supports both local arts in Penticton and those affected in Princeton due to flooding, people can visit the CanadaHelps page.

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Norma D. Ross