Bentwood box charity auction helps Indigenous youth – Burnaby Now

by ahnationtalk on November 29, 201987 Views

November 28, 2019

A Burnaby artist is at the heart of a charity auction for the Urban Native Youth Association.

James Michels, a Métis/Cree artist who lives in Burnaby, created dozens of blank bentwood boxes for the Lattimer Gallery’s annual bentwood box silent auction – a task he’s been undertaking every year for the past 12 years.

Michels and 14 other First Nations artists transform the boxes into works of art that are auctioned off to support the Urban Native Youth Association, a Vancouver organization that has been providing prevention-focused programs and services since 1988.

A silent auction of all the boxes got underway Nov. 23 and continues until Dec. 7, when all the works will be displayed at an artist reception and exhibition. That’s on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Lattimer Gallery at the Museum of Vancouver, 1100 Chestnut St.

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