ARTSIDA, Montreal’s third annual art expo and fundraising auction to benefit this city’s only English-language HIV/AIDS support group, AIDS Community Care Montréal (ACCM), runs for three weeks at Galerie Dentaire in the Gay Village.
The event has raised over 65,000$ since it first began in 2009. This year’s edition features 60 Montreal artists, including such well-known artists as Daniel Barkley (whose work illustrated the popular posters for Bryden MacDonald’s hit 2009 play With Bated Breath that played at Montreal’s Centaur Theatre), iconic Montreal graffiti master Zilon, Charlotte Greenwood, Jean Chaîney, Jean-Pierre Perusse, photographer Inked Kenny, Yvon Goulet (one oversize painting of one of Goulet’s iconic male faces), a rare 1974 drawing from the late Peter Flinsch, as well as a special painting called THINK by Montreal multi-media artist Kat Coric.
“I think its important to be involved with ARTSIDA, firstly to support ACCM because all of the people affected with HIV/AIDS in Quebec rely on this noteworthy organization for help,” says Koric. “I have lost many friends to AIDS and have many close friends living with HIV right now. My painting THINK was created to remind people to “think” about not contracting HIV.”
|Bugs, Kat Coric and Yvon Goulet|
ARTSIDA runs at Galerie Dentaire (1239 Amherst) until April 13 (free admission) and concludes with an auction at Hôtel des Encans (872 rue du Couvent) on April 14. Cocktails and buffet at 6pm, auction at 7pm. Tickets are 35$.
Surf to www.artsida.org