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The art of giving and the giving of art become one through the kind generosity of Cobourg artist Alice Vander Vennen.  Alice has been working with SONG students in class this spring to help complete an art project featuring personal totems that will be used in our spring “Kids 4 Kids” concert.

In addition to that gift of time and creativity, Alice has also created a unique, one-of-a-kind mixed media art piece that she has donated to SONG to use in an exclusive raffle for the annual Safe Harbour Fundraiser (June 9th at Victoria Hall).

Entitled, “Over the hills”, Alice describes the piece in this way:
“This piece starts with the elegant beauty of a centuries-old violin. It had played its last song, but now placed in an art piece, the beauty continues. I juxtaposed this violin over a collaged embroidery that represents Northumberland’s hills and all the majesty of our surrounding landscape. The background is a collage of a landscape embroidery, acrylic on canvas, African mudcloth, and of new fabrics found just for this piece. I wanted to give the feeling of a visual song, where looking at the piece, one can almost hear the music over the hills. Juxtaposed with this background is a photo of trees reflected in snow, taken in winter time in the Northumberland forest which was then transferred onto canvas and painted. In the same way that the image is reflected, so is the song of the violin echoed over the hills. The piece is mounted in a museum-quality, shadow box frame under UV-protected, anti-glare, museum glass, and is preserved with a clear acrylic coating of UV-resistant gloss to protect against UV light.”

This exclusive raffle has been been limited to 100 tickets at $25 each.  The piece will be on display in the window of Ten Thousand Villages in downtown Cobourg until the June 9th fundraiser.  Tickets can be purchased from the store as well or by contacting the SONG program administrator at: