Lise and Bob King of King's Framing and Art Supplies in Corbeil felt compelled to do something to help after seeing the atrocities caused by the invasion of Ukraine by Russian troops and the resulting human casualties,
"There is no point of words without action; however small our action is, it has still been an action, " Lise told BayToday. "That is why we decided to join the rest of the world in relieving human suffering, protecting lives, and responding to emergencies in this peaceful democratic nation facing the horrors of war."
The Kings have collaborated with Red Cross Canada to start a fundraising campaign to raise a maximum of $5,000 to assist the Ukrainian people affected by the crisis.
"Our relief efforts cannot take effect unless we have the support of everyone in our community," she says.
Lise, a certified Bob Ross instructor, is auctioning off several series of her oil painting works on canvas, with 100% of the payment being collected by the Red Cross's donation page link hosted on the King's Framing website.
Donations have already topped $425.
Through April, King's Framing & Art Gallery will also donate 10% of all sales to the Red Cross.
The first series of four unframed pieces includes one original painting of each, an elephant, seal, dolphin and lion, available for a minimum bid of $75. The second series with various colourful landscapes will be offered next week.
Bidders are requested to submit their offers by email (email@example.com), and winners will be notified to make their donations to the Red Cross. The receipt from the personal contribution to the Red Cross King’s Framing & Art Gallery will be sent by the Red Cross, and then you can send us a copy of the receipt to claim the piece they won. Shipping costs are extra. Local bidders are asked to pick up their art.
Bob King said he would also frame the artwork at an additional cost of $100 using the sample black-wood box technique. A sample frame can be seen on Lise's vertical winter mountain landscape, which is also being donated to the auction with a minimum donation bid of $250 for that piece.