In June 2013 much of Southern Alberta was devastated by severe floods. Thankfully our family was unaffected by the disaster but many of our friends and fellow Albertans were. Over 100,000 people were evacuated and many of them suffered damage and loss of their homes and personal belongings.
As an immediate response to the disaster, I created and auctioned two original fine art paintings in effort to raise awareness and financial aid for the Canadian Red Cross in support of the Southern Alberta Flood Relief 2013.
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I created these two paintings as a response to the flood devastation. I wanted to remind Albertans of how beautiful and inspirational our Province is. These paintings are a representation of the ever-changing beauty of our Alberta landscape as well as the resiliency that we as a people are known for. The paintings are titled ”Together We Stand” because even throughout this time of crisis Albertans have come together through countless hours of volunteerism, personal sacrifice and an unwavering positive spirit.
The online auction was a huge success! My sincerest gratitude to everyone who bid and/or shared the news via social media and word of mouth. It spread like wild fire! I even received a bid all the way from the Netherlands. I am truly touched and grateful that in only 3 days we were able raise so much money for the Red Cross.
I received this note recently from June, the lucky winner:
|“Hi Melissa, just a quick note to let you know that the two paintings have now found their permanent resting place after several re-arrangements of both furniture and existing pictures. I love the paintings and as I said to you when I picked them up, although small they are full of life. They have been placed in the foyer so that they may be enjoyed by everyone who enters my home.Thank you also for doing this on behalf of the Red Cross in support of the flood relief and I am glad I was the lucky winner.
Here is a photo of June, with my paintings proudly displayed in the foyer of her home.
June, thank you so much for bidding, you have my sincerest gratitude and appreciation! Congratulations on your win!