VANs shoe art auction to benefit Whitby’s Station Gallery

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Published July 28, 2021 at 3:33 pm

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There’s still time to bid in an online auction of hand-painted VANs shoes, with all contributions earmarked for Whitby’s Station Gallery and its 50th Anniversary Fundraising Campaign.

Bidding began July 23 and will go until 9 p.m. Friday night and Chris Trubella, the Creative Director at Citrus Media and the man behind the plan, has been posting videos of each shoe design – there are 13 in all – since last Friday.

Trubella said the idea to mash-up original artwork on VANs shoes by talented local artists with fundraising was a no-brainer, especially after tapping into his network of Durham Region artists and finding them “extremely excited” to participate.

“All the artists did an outstanding job – the shoe designs exceeded my expectations,” he said. “Honestly, I had no idea what I would be getting because I put virtually no restrictions on what they could do.”

“Few things hinder an artist’s creativity more than loading them with rules and restrictions. I got everything from acrylic painted shoes and shoes that reacted under black light to shoes literally with a face sculpted into them!”

Each artist donated a pair of VANs shoes as their contribution to the fundraising campaign, as well as their talent for creating wearable art for a fun fundraising event.

Artists include Dani Crosby, Jason Wilkens, Clement Lush, Kerri King and Trubella himself.

Each pair of shoes gets its own post in the Discussion tab at https://fb.me/e/2rk2IzDog, which is where you get to bid on your favourite pair.

Bidding starts at $100 and the highest bid on each shoe post, closest to the auction closing time of July 30 at 9:00pm, wins.

Winners will be contacted for payment and shoe delivery. The organizers also want to snap a quick pic of you with your shoes so they can share all the good vibes on their social media channels.

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