Our Community: New art installation unveiled, collecting socks for those in need

The newest addition to Victoria’s Commercial Alley’s ever-growing outdoor art ‘gallery’ is now on display, as the Victoria Cool Aid Society launches its annual effort to collect 10,000 pairs of socks for those in need

Art installation unveiled in Commercial Alley

The newest addition to Victoria’s Commercial Alley’s ever-growing outdoor art ‘gallery’ is now on display.

Feeling fuzzy inside by Eliska Liska, consisting of four panels, was selected after a call for applications from emerging artists and teams of artists.

Nichola Reddington, the city’s senior cultural planner, called Liska’s article “a joyful meditation on the things that bring joy to the young people in our community.”

“We invite residents and visitors to pass through Commercial Alley downtown to spend a few minutes connecting with this art, which is free for all to enjoy.”

Artwork has been on display for 10 years in the west wall aisle of the Youth Empowerment Society building on Yates Street. The Outdoor Gallery, located between the 500 block of Yates and Bastion Square, features a new temporary art installation each year.

Liska is originally from the Czech Republic and spent five years traveling in Europe and Mexico, painting murals as she went. She holds a master’s degree in contemporary art and new media from the University of Ostrava in the Czech Republic and works in fields such as painting, pottery, printing and drawing.

Liska, who runs Full Sink Pottery and is an art designer and teacher at the McTavish Academy of Art, says she has a particular fondness for public art.

“Creating in public spaces, where art speaks to the general public and also influences the visual side of the city, has always been the most appealing art to me,” she said. “Each of the panels show different activities that have the ability to consume us and help us learn who we are and where we are, as well as just making us feel good.”

Former Montessori teacher receives PM Excellence Award

Amabel De Lara, former teacher at Selkirk Montessori School, received a Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Education.

De Lara, who was at school for more than 40 years before retiring in June, received a certificate of achievement for what was described as “a life-enriching career for children”.

One of his former colleagues said he was inspired to become a Montessori teacher after being in De Lara’s kindergarten class many years ago.

“The amount of effort she put into training, shaping and caring for me is the greatest gift I could have received, and I hope that I can one day be an ‘Amabel’ to someone. ‘one another,’ said the co-worker.

Collection of socks for those in need

The recent drop in temperatures means it’s time for the Victoria Cool Aid Society’s annual effort to raise 10,000 pairs of socks for those in need.

The campaign, now in its 16th year, brings together Cool Aid, Kia Victoria, La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries and PVH Legwear Canada, the company that makes McGregor socks. Michael Bloomfield and Congregation Emanu-El launched the initiative in 2006.

The goal is to raise $10,000 for 10,000 pairs of warm socks for people who are homeless or in poverty. Socks will be distributed to 25 organizations in Victoria, Nanaimo and Salt Spring Island.

Foot care nurse Miranda Berniaz, owner of Victoria Foot Care and who provides services at the Cool Aid Community Health Center once a week, says hot, dry feet may not be glamorous, but they are an important part of health care.

“And for people on the streets who spend so much time moving from place to place with all their stuff, the challenges are even greater,” Berniaz said, adding that foot problems can be an indicator of poor health. other problems, such as poor circulation or nerve damage.

“Clean, dry shoes make all the difference.”

Since its launch, the campaign has distributed 122,500 pairs of socks valued at $572,500. Cool Aid sources the socks at a deep discount from PVH Legwear Canada, with La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries providing shipping.

Kia Victoria got involved last year, matching every $5 donation up to $5,000. The company will do the same this year, and will also stock and deliver socks.

The campaign runs until November 30. Funds can be donated online at coolaid.org/socks or by calling Kia Victoria at 250-383-1977.

The Grocers Going Beyond campaign supports cancer research

Grocers are working with the BC Cancer Foundation for a second year to help with cancer research and care on Vancouver Island.

Through Nov. 11, the Grocers Going Beyond campaign will raise funds for the Research Fund for Innovation, part of the foundation’s ongoing Beyond Belief campaign.

Thrifty Foods, Tru Value Foods, Red Barn Market, Fairway Market and 49th Parallel Grocery are all on board.

Visit bccancerfoundation.com/grocers or visit a participating store to find out how to support the campaign.

Thrifty Foods will match donations up to $50,000 during the Grocers Going Beyond campaign.

More than 6,000 people on the island will be diagnosed with cancer in 2022.

Young artists are vying to be mayor of Victoria for a day

The City of Victoria is offering kids 12 and under the chance to be mayor for a day.

Three of the artists from the 2022 Victoria Votes Children’s Coloring Contest will be randomly selected to serve as Mayor for the day, and the artwork from the contest will be displayed around City Hall in December.

The deadline to enter the coloring contest is November 25.

At the start of the new year, the winners will have the chance to learn how local government works and sit down for a pizza lunch with Mayor Marianne Alto, where they can talk about, among other things, the missing intermediate housing.

Coloring sheets, made available at polling stations on Election Day, can also be picked up at City Hall or the Crystal Pool and Fitness Center. The coloring sheet is also available online at victoria.ca/election.

Completed artwork can be submitted to the City Hall Public Service Center or Crystal Pool Reception, or it can be mailed to Victoria Votes 2022 Kids Coloring Contest, City of Victoria, 1 Centennial Square, Victoria , BC V8W 1P6.

Queen Elizabeth’s fashion reign is doing well in Saanichton

The Saanich Pioneer Society, which operates the Log Cabin Museum in Saanichton, is hosting the first in a series of Talk & Tea events on November 6, called Queen Elizabeth’s Fashion Reign.

Donna Otto will speak at 2 p.m. about outfits worn by the Queen over the years and give information about royal sites in Britain where she has seen them displayed.

The museum is also open on Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with demonstrations of spinners and knitters. It is located at 7910 Polo Park Cres., in the park behind Thrifty Foods.

Admission is $5 for members and $7 for non-members.

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