Seventh edition of Art by the Water

Stéphanie Alcaraz-Robinson
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The 7th edition of Art by the Water will take place at Beaconsfield’s Yacht Club, starting April 25. The local artists will be donating a share of their proceeds to support the first registry in Canada of adolescent colon cancer established by Morgan's Hope Fund and the McGill Health Services.

Morgan Hill was diagnosed terminal adolescent colon cancer. He set up a fund in hopes of finding a cure.

Art also seemed the best way to support this cause. Pointe-Claire’s resident Audrey Riley, organizing the event, said that “art came from within” – just like the cause. “It is a great way to just enjoy art”, said Riley stressing that it’s not just about the sales. For her, it’s a way to help the cause while having a relaxing afternoon. Being an artist herself, she understands the importance of such an event for local artists – it’s an outlet for them to get known and get their art “out there”.

“We have a new guest artist, Denise Roy, joining the exhibit this year”, was happy to announce Riley. The art show will benefit from a “wider variety of art”. Roy will be donating a painting as a free doorprize draw.

In memory of Morgan Hill

The fundraiser is not only a great way to discover local artists. It also profits the Morgan’s Hope Foundation, created by Pointe-Claire’s Morgan Hill. While he was battling cancer – a battle he ultimately lost – he thought of others and felt the need to help other young cancer patients. “He (Hill) set up his own fund for research because there was very little research in this field. It’s rare in young people. He asked his parents and family to carry on the fund.” It is believed that this genetic testing of adolescents who have been diagnosed with colon cancer will lead the way to discover the genetic roots of the disease and, consequently, find a cure. The artists contribute to the Morgan’s Hope Funds. In the 6 years, the art show has raised more than $10,000.

Art by the water, from April 25 through April 27 at the Beaconsfield Yacht Club (26 Lakeshore Road). Rain or shine, the artists will welcome everyone with complimentary refreshments.

Organizations: Hope Foundation, Beaconsfield Yacht Club, 26 Lakeshore Road

Geographic location: Pointe-Claire, Morgan Hill

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