VANs shoe art auction to benefit Whitby’s Station Gallery


Published July 28, 2021 at 3:33 pm


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, 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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