Live Vancouver Auction Postponed, Details for Online Auction

New Arts Centre

Dear Artists and Friends,

As you may have read in the October First Edition, our volunteer fundraising committee postponed the auction slated for October 29th in Vancouver.

Naturally we’ve been fielding questions:

Why have we postponed the live auction?
We wanted to feel absolutely confident in drawing a large enough Vancouver audience to fetch the maximum prices that the donated art work and services deserved. We realized we were missing a comprehensive contact list of potential Vancouver donors, and the timeline was too aggressive to fulfill that need. Therefore, we felt it most important not to disappoint our Hornby artists and donors with poor attendance and pieces being sold for too little. We thought better to make use of all things we put into place, like auction volunteers, the jurors, the venue, etc. and use them when we can do justice to the works and services that are donated.

Why the sudden effort?
By the end of this calendar year, we have the opportunity to obtain matching funds from Island Coastal Economic Trust. These funds will be made available to us if we pass their second phase of funding screening. One important key to our receiving additional funding is our ability to demonstrate continuing community support for the New Arts Centre. Therefore the fundraising plan of an auction seemed like a means to communicate our support. Even without the auction we have raised $20,000 through direct donations in our recent effort by spreading the word. We are also pursuing other large funding opportunities and grants.

What is the current plan for the auction?
In order to add to monies already raised for the matching Island Coastal Economic Trust grant, we have secured an opportunity with Heffel Galleries in Vancouver. They have agreed to put some auction pieces they are interested in online. They have robust online resources to host an auction and an international network of patrons to command the prices we hope to achieve. Though Heffel will be selective in what they put online, we are still asking willing artists to submit images of three works for consideration and a one-page bio/CV. If you are interested and able, please submit your jpegs to HIAC at by October 20th with the same details as before (a reserve bid, name of work, value of work, address phone and email, choice of percentage retention). Should your work not be chosen, as Heffel’s auctions are thematic, we are still planning a live auction in the new year, date to be announced.

We sincerely apologize for the confusion we may have caused you in working to hold a live auction in Vancouver. We just felt it prudent to act more thoughtfully with your works and services. Thank you to our committed supporters and volunteers who are doing so much to help realize the dream of a dedicated space for all the Arts on Hornby. Please contact us with any questions you may have.


Details for Distribution

New Arts Centre

Dear Friends and Artists,

I hope you are doing well and had a wonderful summer. My name is Cheryl Milner, a relatively new resident of Hornby. I am writing to you in a fundraising capacity for the development of a New Arts Centre for Hornby Island. We will be holding a rare auction of current and past Hornby Island artists as well as local services on Sunday October 29th at the Arbutus Club in Vancouver, (although I am still trying to find a suitable gallery).  I want to personally present you with this special opportunity to show your work broadly to a Vancouver audience. We intend to attract many Vancouver collectors who have built connections to the island over years and are eager to support this centre.

Why Vancouver and not Hornby Island?

Hornby’s history in the arts has enduring ties to Vancouver. We are going to Vancouver to build further relationships that will help ensure the economic, social, and environmental sustainability of the New Arts Centre into the future.

The entire community:

We recently sent out a flyer to all residents on Hornby to get behind this event and have already received some terrific services and some beautiful residences for short stays for auction.

Those who are donating services and those willing to share time in their homes will be assisted with presentation and photography, if required. We are ready to help all artists who need help transporting and documenting their work.

In order to give our auction some special publicity, all juried pieces will be auctioned by Robert Heffel of Heffel Galleries. A submission of up to 3 pieces by JPEG accompanied by a short 1 page CV and biography will be accepted by our three adjudicators by no later than October 1st.

Our adjudicators are well known to you. They are Scott Watson, Department Head of Art History, Visual Art and Theory and Director/Curator of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at UBC, Charo Neville, curator at the Kamloops Art Gallery, and Pablo de Ocampo, Curator at the Western Front (de Ocampo to be confirmed).

For participating artists there is an option to keep a percentage of the selling price and a tax receipt for the remainder.

Format for the Evening:

The evening will unfold in three parts. First, John McLaughlin has agreed to offer a shortened version of his sold-out multi-media performance that takes his audience to the Hornby of his youth.

Second, Professor Watson will speak to the role of that Downes Point artists have played in the development of the arts on Hornby and BC.

Finally, we will feature Robert Heffel who will conduct the live auction of the art for the evening. All other services and stays will be auctioned off through silent bidding.

Appetizers and wine will be served, an entrance fee will be set at between $150 and $250, and a $150 tax receipt will be offered to guests.

Why an Auction and Why Now?

To build the New Arts Centre, the Hornby Island Arts Council presently stands a very good chance to receive matching funds from the Island Coastal Economic Trust to assemble the funds necessary to proceed. The grant application has moved to the 2nd tier of review, which will take place early in January. Prior to that time we must raise as much money as possible, and to date, we have raised close to $200,000. We need to raise at least another $150,000.

Deadline drawing closer:

We must begin construction before 2020 or risk forfeiting the land to go back to the Province.

No one knows better than you that our current collective spaces for the arts do not fully serve the needs of artists on the island. While many have adapted to the lack of proper space by creating personal studios, it is important to see the building of a New Arts Centre as a both a living breathing space for production of new ideas and also as a legacy centre where local art history can be collected and preserved.

Imagine its’ uses:

  • a place for large works and large bodies of work to be displayed;
  • a place to house workshops, demonstrations, lectures, and courses by and for local and visiting artists, especially during the shoulder seasons;
  • a central space in which our performing arts societies can support each other.

We have already received art from Mr. Gordon Smith, prints from Mr. Robert Bateman, and we have just begun. We are really looking forward to your participation in helping build this important facility for Hornby Island into the future.

We look forward to speaking to you further about this project at your earliest convenience. Please contact Dr. Andrew Mark, Hornby Island Arts Council’s new administrator, for any assistance in participation. 250 335-2070 or

And this is really IMPORTANT, we need to reach a broad group of people to attend this event. If any of you have a special email list you are willing to use for this event, please let me know and I will send you the E-VITE to send to your list of friends and possible patrons. Many thanks.


Cheryl Milner

Fundraising Committee for New Arts Centre

Hornby Island Arts Council

September 2017 First Edition Letter about New Arts Centre Fundraiser

New Arts Centre


Hornby Island’s New Arts Building a Reality – We Just Have to Build it!


Dear Art Lovers and Friends,


Likely you are aware that Hornby Island Arts Council (HIAC) wants to build a new arts centre to improve the visibility and promotion of Hornby’s artists. You also probably know that HIAC’s current working space is a tired old 1967, 12’ X 52’ mobile home. Many of our artists don’t use the space because it does not accommodate the size of their work, their medium requires an entirely different setting (i.e., the performing arts), or they feel the building fails to meet their professional standards.


Our Hornby artists have individually adapted to the absence of an appropriate central and collective arts facility by:


  • Displaying their work in the Co-op;
  • Participating in the Studio Guide brochure;
  • Building their own galleries;
  • Renting our multi-use Community Hall; or
  • Hauling their work to and from the Farmer’s market.


While these marketing approaches are adequate, we know that our members and the public would like better opportunities to exhibit and view art produced on our island.


As an Arts Council, we are committed to all the arts. In addition to Hornby’s weighty history in visual arts, sculpture and ceramics, in recent years, we have seen incredible change in our digital arts, film, sound, and photography, in our theatre, poetry, and fiction, and in our musicianship and dance. We believe the time has come to showcase all our local artists and renew the reputation of the arts on Hornby with an arts centre that fulfills this need.


Proposed Programming


With a new arts centre, HIAC feels our artists will have a central and collective home from which to collaborate and improve as groups and individuals. As examples, we can see opportunities for this new space to:


  • Exhibit large works and large bodies of work in a worthy well-lit setting;
  • House workshops, demonstrations, lectures, and courses by/for local and visiting artists, especially during the shoulder seasons; and
  • Provide a central space in which our performing arts societies can support each other.


Fast Approaching Deadline


HIAC is under a deadline to begin construction of a new building on the proposed land before 2020 or we risk forfeiting our lease. Recently, HIAC received news that a grant submission to the Island Coast Economic Trust has advanced to the second tier. Our community has until December 31 to raise as much funding as possible in order to receive matching funding from the Province.


HICEEC also recognizes the benefit of having a new arts centre on Central Road and would like to include a visitor centre desk in the building.


The new arts centre will generate revenue by establishing a gift shop; fill the missing gap in on-island arts-supplies; promote rentals of Hornby Island art work; rent out the space for private functions; and provide – we hope – a space that is also inclusive of First Nations peoples and culture.


HIAC’s Immediate Fundraiser


HIAC’s fundraising committee is appealing to the many Vancouverites who frequent Hornby to hold a live auction in Vancouver. Our idea is to hold the auction on October 29 (location to be determined), ask Robert Heffel to act as the auctioneer, and feature many Hornby Island artists and others. John McLachlan is willing to provide a short concert to kick off the evening. HIAC is asking that the entire community get behind this project, not just artists.


We believe we could generate a lot of revenue by auctioning off accommodation to non-residents. Perhaps you or your neighbours and friends might be willing to host or provide a place for a period of time either on the shoulder seasons, or perhaps even during the summer. This is a big ask, but consider the reward.


We would also appreciate help from those who offer services to the community to provide auctionable items, like a fishing trip, landscaping services, health and wellness services, photography package, etc. We welcome your creativity.


We have a genuine opportunity here to build something really special, to support the 40% of islanders directly involved in the arts who live on Hornby and make our culture thrive.


My name is Cheryl Milner and I am heading the off-island fundraiser for HIAC. I am also looking for some assistance to help me organize the event. As they say, many hands make small work. I look forward to speaking with you.


You can reach me directly at: Cheryl Milner Cell 604 805-1262 or email:

or Andrew Mark, PhD, HIAC Administrator, 250 335-2070 or email



I HEAR YOU by Gina-Rae Horvath


I HEAR YOU is an Elder/ Youth installation opening Friday, August 26th, and will be up until September 11. There will be an opening night with pre-opening talk give by the curator, Gina-Rae Horvath and the participating youth at 6pm. The opening night will begin at 7pm, and end at 9pm.

This community project involve 9 youth whom have listened to the stories of 10 Hornby Island elders and retold them in a photographic format. This exciting project received financial assistance under BCAC's Youth Engagement Program as well as from HIAC's Financial Assistance Program.

This community project involve 9 youth whom have listened to the stories of 10 Hornby Island elders and retold them in a photographic format. This exciting project received financial assistance under BCAC’s Youth Engagement Program as well as from HIAC’s Financial Assistance Program.