Sunday, February 25, 2024

Driftwood artist raised over $10,000 to help animals in need at Victoria gallery (PHOTOS)


Tanya Bub is an artist who loves to create for a cause and her latest art show raised a considerable amount to be donated to aid sick, injured and orphaned animals in BC.

Bub’s works of meticulously crafted life-size driftwood animals were on display at Gage Gallery in Bastion Square from March 28th to April 16th. She partnered with the Wild Arc, a subsidiary of the BC SPCA who specialize in rehabilitating wild animals and releasing them into their natural habitat once healed. 

The exhibit was dubbed WILD BC by Bub because she wanted to create wild animals that call Vancouver Island and BC home. 

She created wolves, cougars, owls, herons, octopus, moose and more for the show which wound up attracting over 5,000 people to the Bastion Square Gallery. 

Locals, tourists and even some school groups made the trek to see Bub’s works with intention, or by happenstance, either way they all left Gage Gallery feeling as if they’d seen something special. 

WILD BC wound up raising $10,945.44 in total to be donated to Wild Arc. That figure is based on over $1,000 in donations as well as 25% of all art sales.

“Everyone came together to make this show possible,” Bub told Victoria Buzz. 

“Gage gallery members rallied to handle the crowds, Wild Arc sent reps and volunteers to educate the public about the important work they do and best of all people of all ages took the time to stop and look and celebrate the amazing wildlife that is all around us.” 

“I am truly honoured to be part of a community that cares so deeply about animals and the local art scene,” she added.

25% of the show’s sales also get funneled back into Victoria’s arts scene. Gaga Gallery is a non-profit space that operates by and for local artists. 

Prior to this charitable showcase, Bub created a larger-than-life driftwood sculpture of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at Studio 106 in James Bay which raised over $3,000 for Ukrainian refugees. 

The Wild Arc show won’t be her last charitable endeavor either. Bub’s next big project is a new exhibition dubbed The Greatest Show on Earth

This art show will run from August 22nd to September 10th again at Gage Gallery in Bastion Square and the show will raise funds as well as awareness for Our Place Society. 

The Greatest Show on Earth will be a circus themed exhibition and will no doubt astound anyone who appreciates local art.

Curtis Blandy

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