The Art of Sharing Project

Have you ever wondered if you have a gift worth sharing? Do you paint, write, sing?

Why do some have so much while others have nothing? I have a friend who taught me a wonderful lesson - We should not give to others who have nothing - we should share. It is more respectful.

With this in mind, I am using my gift - painting. In December 2009, I will host an exhibit/sale of paintings based on photos that friends have taken over the years during their trips to Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Bangladesh and more.

A percentage of any sales will be donated to PWRDF - The Anglican Primates World Relief and Development Fund - More on PWRDF later.

As I complete each painting, I will post them here, with the picture's background.


Silence is Not an Answer

Silence is Not an Answer
My first painting for PWRDF was Silence is Not An Answer. This was based on a photo taken by Mo. Marian Jefferies in Ethiopia ten years ago. The photo was shot two days before the war broke out.

Thursday, November 26, 2009


I was just interviewed by a lovely young woman from the Telegraph Journal - Candice MacLean. She made the process less painful. I wish I could say the same for being photographed. I will just trust Noel Chenier to pick the right photo. Did I mention that I don't like having my picture taken?

Everyone is working very hard on the show. I have three more paintings to complete this weekend. I know, I know. The show does have to be hung on Tuesday and nothing like leaving it to the last. 

Here is the press release:
The Art of Sharing Exhibition and Sale News Release by Anne Walling, PWRDFCoordinator Diocese of Fredericton

Archbishop Claude Miller of the Anglican Diocese of Fredericton will officially open an Art of Sharing exhibition and sale at the Kennebecasis Library on Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. The event celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund

(PWRDF) and features 10 evocative new paintings by Quispamsis artist Dale Cook. Her works are based on photographs by the Rev. Marian Lucas-Jefferies, Carolyn Vanderlip and Heather Plett and depict life in African and Asian countries where a stable food supply is often just a dream. The exhibition actually begins on Dec. 1 and remains at the library until the end of the month.

Ms. Cook, who chooses to use her gifts as an artist to help provide food security to vulnerable people in the third world, is inspired by photographs taken in Ethiopia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. A single painting, sold at silent auction during the Diocesan Synod last June, was the inaugural Art of Sharing event in support of the Canadian FoodGrains Bank (CFGB) through PWRDF. That painting, Silence is not the Answer, was inspired by a photo taken in Ethopia by Ms.

Lucas-Jefferies just two days before war broke out in that country.

Greg Hiltz of All Saints Church in Loch Lomond was the highest bidder on that painting. He and his family felt the painting held such a spiritual quality they donated it to their Saint John church.

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