Art lovers peruse the inventory of last year's Art From the Attic art sale at the Invermere Community Hall.

Art From the Attic fundraising sale is back

Take an opportunity to oust the old and bring in the new.

If the art on your walls no longer holds any appeal or has already found a permanent storage space in your basement or garage, your opportunity to oust the old and bring in the new is just around the corner. The annual art lovers bonanza, Art From the Attic, is set to take place on Saturday (September 1) at the community centre in Invermere where hundreds of paintings, prints, photographs and more will be on sale — all of it donated for two great local causes.

The event is a collaborative effort between the Columbia Valley Arts Council (CVAC) and the Invermere Health Care Auxiliary to raise funds for two of the community’s most valued establishments — the Pynelogs Cultural Centre and the Invermere & District Hospital.

Keeping in mind that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure, there is bound to be something on sale that appeals to every type of style and taste, from thrift shop and vintage paintings to original and classic creations. Whether it’s paint-by-number sets, movie posters, signed prints or needlework, you stand an excellent chance of finding your own personal treasure among the abundant selection.

Donations are still being accepted, and for anyone keen to divest themselves of art that no longer holds any inspiration for them personally, the drop off locations are either the Invermere Health Care Auxiliary Thrift Shop at 1313 7th Avenue or the Pynelogs Art Gallery next to Kinsmen Beach.

“Last year we drew 1,200 customers and raised more than $15,000,” said Art From the Attic event manager Elinor Florence. “Buyers were thrilled to purchase art at affordable prices, and to search for that elusive masterpiece.”

Free pickup in Calgary is also being offered so any friends or relatives there who want to contribute art to a worthy cause are invited to do so.

The event will start on Saturday at 9 a.m. and run through to 4 p.m. at the Invermere Community Hall located at 709 10th Street. For more information or for free pickup, please call Florence  at 250-342-1621 or email elixir1@telus.et, or visit Art From the Attic on Facebook.