Fran Crosby, Verna Alexander, Dennis Gariepy and Victoria Gariepy are part of the Parkview Manor Artists. Their works on currently up for raffle and on display at the Mary C. Moore Public Library. (Todd Colin Vaughan/LACOMBE EXPRESS)

Parkview Manor Artists raffle supports residents

Artworks on display, raffle tickets available at Mary C. Moore Public Library

The Mary C. Moore Public Library is teaming up with residents from the Parkview Manor in order to help fund the Manor’s art program.

Three artists from the Manor have contributed works that will be raffled off on Nov. 30.

Victoria Gariepy, organizer of the Parkview Senior artists, contributed a knitted afghan to be raffled off and said the group is welcome to all mediums and level of talents within the manor.

“It includes painting, knitting, crocheting, woodwork and anything that people do as a hobby,” she said.

Along with Gariepy’s piece, Verna Alexander contributed a painting and Fran Crosby has contributed a piece of mixed media — all which are on display at the library.

Proceeds from the raffle will go towards paying for art supplies for residents of Parkview Manor.

“We hope to raise funds so that seniors who are living in the building with us don’t have to put money out for supplies. They can just come and join. They can get out of their apartments and do something with other people,” she said.

Gariepy said the group provides friendship within the manor.

“We want them to enjoy being with other people and that could lead to going outside and taking a walk or planting flowers together. It puts people in the same room,” she said.

She added she has been impressed with the works of the people in her building.

“We all have body and mind, but what we are given as gift is special,” she said.

Crosby added, “Some of our talents are hidden simply because we don’t know. I didn’t know that Dennis carved birds; I didn’t know Verna painted so well.”

Raffle tickets can be purchased from Gariepy, Crosby, Alexander or at the Library reception.

“We would love for people to buy the tickets so we can reach our goal. We hope to go to the Co-op, Sobeys and No Frills and see if we can set up a table,” Gariepy said.

Crosby added art is a great way to keep your mind active.

“You are creating something and other people in the room teach each other. Everybody teaches everybody and it is fun. Some of the art we do is easy art. It is about being together,” she said.

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