Monthly Archives: January 2013

Creating Awareness – Herbert Pryke

I have shared my belief in the power of art to restore many times. It can do so much more than that.Art sparks conversation, debate and opinion. It brings people and communities together.It makes us think and hopefully respond. It creates an awareness about ourselves and our surroundings.

It can also be used to help other people; an act we could all practice a little bit more in the new year.

In October, a special art exhibit was launched in York Region. It showcased a partnership of artists; one mentor and one student. The mentor shared their expertise to help the student express their ideas with paint. The speed at which this concept was received by the artistic community was overwhelming. The exhibit of six paintings has already been on display at the Varley’s McKay Art Centre in Unionville, Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.

The exhibit will be at Southlake Hospital, January 6th-February 10th.

This concept is now being duplicated by the McMichael to build a new project for 2013 to help more young artists.
The exhibit, ‘Mentorship in Motion’ has created more than just awareness.

Limited edition, signed and numbered prints were made of each artwork and are sold on the tour and online at The proceeds from the sale of the prints will be donated to six charities. Geneva Centre for Autism, Dramaway, KC’s Cancer Cushion Fund, SickKids Foundation, Bereaved Families of York Region and the Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness. In two months over $5,000 has been raised.

The exhibit tour wraps up here in Aurora on April 20th, 2pm. at the Aurora Cultural Centre. There will be refreshments and music along with a cheque presentation.

All are welcome; meet the artists and maybe even purchase a print (depending


The exhibit will be on display at the Aurora Cultural Centre from April 9-27. The Aurora Cultural Centre is located at 22 Church Street, Aurora.