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Art for the Holidays auction underway (5 photos)

The goal of the event is to raise $10,000

The Counselling Centre of East Algoma kicked off its silent art auction on Friday evening in style with what organizer Centre Public Educator, Paula Kendall called a “dry run.”

Called 'Art for the Holidays' Kendall said she was happy with how the opening went - featuring Indigenous drummers, dancers, musicians from Serpent River First Nation (SRFN) joined by local pianist and singer Ponto Paparo in providing the evening’s entertainment.

Even Santa Claus made an appearance at the Collins Hall event after taking part in the Elliot Lake static Christmas parade to view the art and offer special Christmas greetings.

The public event was also an opportunity to view the art that will be auctioned. Those who purchased a ticket to the evening‘s event were treated to Indian tacos and children were offered free hotdogs. All Algoma Public Health COVID protocols were in place.

The art was donated by local artists and collectors and includes paintings, quilts, wood carvings, photography and more.  

The auction gets underway today (Saturday) starting at 4 pm and will run for three weeks of bidding online. Bid tallies will be updated regularly.  

According to Kendall the goal is to raise $10,000.

Proceeds from the auction will be donated to families in the community, as well as families in SRFN. The families will receive food baskets with help from the Food Bank, purchase of essentials, and or gifts for the holidays.


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