Tireless Runner Fundraiser

December 1, 2009

Kwantlen Polytechnic University recently hosted its second annual Tireless Runner Fund-raising Dinner and Silent Auction on Friday, November 13th. The Tireless Runner endowment fund was established in 1994 to fund awards for Aboriginal students studying at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. At present, there are approximately 350 Aboriginal students enrolled in various programs.

To help raise money for this cause, students enrolled in their first semester of Fine Arts in Painting at Kwantlen have painted and collaged colourful and engaging images on panels donated by Opus Framing & Art Supplies. After only seven weeks of learning how to paint, these enthusiastic students bravely volunteered to publicly display their talents in an effort to raise money for their fellow students. One student spent hours making clay miniature roses and origami swans, which she arranged on the panel with other organic materials. Other students painted images from nature including a detailed image of a loon gliding across water, a fall still life of apples, and a picket fence enclosing sunflowers. These small individual works of art would make wonderful Christmas presents and all money raised from the auction of these one of a kind works, goes directly into the Tireless Runner Endowment Fund.

Finished works were displayed proudly in the atrium of the Coast Capital Library on Kwantlen’s Surrey Campus. Interested buyers, members of the public, art patrons and art lovers alike were invited to bid on the works until the Gala reception.

The Fine Art Department wishes to thank Opus for their continued support. This is the second time they have donated panels to raise money for charity events that our students have participated in. In 2007 the students and faculty at Kwantlen Fine Arts raised over $8,000 for an orphanage in Kenya.

The faculty of Kwantlen’s Fine Arts Department are proud to announce that they will soon be offering a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Degree, specializing in Visual Arts. Students will be free to begin studies for this exciting new program starting in December 2010. For more information, please visit http://www.kwantlen.ca/fine-art or http://www.kwantlen.ca/calendar/programs