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Off the Wall art shows/sales raised approximately $3,000 in Saugeen Shores

PostMedia News.  August 31, 2018.

The final tally is not yet official, but Saugeen Grannies members are already planning for their second Off the Wall art show.

Saugeen Grannies Elaine Palmer, Margitta Lange, Grace Reany, Marie Melanson and Ruth Jonas held up some of the art up for grabs at their Off the Wall Art Sale at St. Paul Anglican’s Church in Southampton last month. POSTMEDIA NEWS

Elaine Palmer, co-chairwoman of the Saugeen Grannies’ first foray into the art world, reported more than $3,000 was collected for the local chapter’s fundraiser to support African Grandmothers raising grandchildren after their own children were lost the AIDS epidemic.

Palmer said two sale dates, Aug. 11 in Port Elgin and Aug. 18 in Southampton, were held to accommodate the more than 400 donated pieces.

There was so much art, Palmer said, that the both her and Margitta Lange, credited with spearheading the event, had walls that had runneth over with artwork.

“I had art hanging up in my basement and Margitta had art in her basement and in her hallway,” Palmer said, noting that while the original call for donations went out in May and stopped in June, pieces were still arriving right up until before the sale.

“They just kept coming,” said Palmer, noting she had 150 pieces in her basement while Lange housed the rest.

Palmer said Lange and the other volunteers would brainstorm on ways to present the next Off the Wall art-sale fundraiser to replace the jewellery sales that wrap up this fall. Margitta and her husband’s long-standing summertime weekly jewellery sale fundraiser collected more than $85,000 for grandmothers overseas.

Palmer said some ideas being considered by the group include selling art online and extending the art show over more a few days.

“I think if we had a second day we’d sell as much or more,” she said, noting there are some pieces left from the two sales.

The many donors, added Palmer, are deserving of many thanks including local resident Isabel Churchward who donated numerous pieces to the Grannies.

“I was amazed at the quality,” said Palmer. “There were lovely pieces.”

As a bonus, Palmer was thrilled to meet visitors that were hearing about the Stephen Lewis Foundation and the grandmothers’ fundraiser for the first time.

Event co-chairwoman Margitta Lange is equally enthusiastic.

“It was absolutely fabulous and I’m really happy about how the community has supported us,” she said Lange said there are several ideas being considered for a future art sale, one of which will include help from one of the group’s net-savvy volunteers.

One thing Lange has her sights set on is drawing more volunteers into the Saugeen Grannies so that both she and her husband, John Dallaire, can take a step back.

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