Local Artists Raise Funds for Multiple Sclerosis Through Inspiring Artwork

Attendees of Nancy Johns Gallery and framing art studio observe inspirational art pieces at the exhibits’ reception Nov. 7. [Photo by//Rohan Khanna]

by Rohan Khanna
The Lance – Contributor

For eight years, a local gallery has been holding exhibits and fundraisers for local charities, with this year’s theme of inspiration giving artists the ability to get incredibly artistic.

With a reception Nov. 7, Nancy Johns Gallery and Framing filled with artists and art connoisseurs alike to exhibit the various artworks from an array of different artists, which also happened to be on sale.

“Every year Nancy does an anniversary show and highlights a charity,” said Megan Cornwall, the gallery manager. “This time around we gave a theme to the artists, inspiration, and it gives the artists a chance to express themselves according to the theme.”

In the past the gallery has done charity shows for The Humane Society and Autism Services Inc. This year, Cornwall said they raised funds for the Multiple Sclerosis Society in honor of Melissa Bergeron, one of their artists who has been battling the disease.

“I chose the work that resonated my own journey, my own personal healing with Multiple Sclerosis,” said Bergeron. “I chose to show how art inspired me and is a spiritual experience.”

Bergeron’s personal life experiences are strongly accentuated in her work and she uses various mediums to bring forth the underlying meaning of her passion. She said when it comes to artwork, inspiration can come from the smallest spark, and you as an artist you just go from there.

Many diverse art pieces commemorated the theme and were unique in their own way, ranging from photographs to paintings. The ambience of the exhibit and the enthusiastic response of the artists towards the fundraiser added a positive note to the event.

The gallery will be donating 10 per cent of the proceeds from the art sale for the month of November to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.

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