Art market leaders host charity auction in support of Canadian food banks

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TORONTO, June 3, 2020 /CNW/ – As the spread of COVID-19 continues to profoundly impact cities and communities across the world, the words “we’re all in this together” ring true; the importance of joining forces with our community is more apparent than ever before.

Edward Burtynsky’s Grasses, Bruce Peninsula will be offered in the Heffel and Nicholas Metivier Gallery online charity auction, and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Canadian food banks (estimate: $15,000 – 20,000) (CNW Group/Heffel Fine Art Auction House)

To benefit Canadians that have been left vulnerable due to this national crisis, Heffel Fine Art Auction House has partnered with Toronto’s Nicholas Metivier Gallery to host an online charity auction of donated artworks by prominent Canadian and international artists.

100% of the sale proceeds from the auction, including the Buyer’s Premium, will be donated to Canadian food centres who are providing emergency relief to those impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, including Community Food Centres CanadaGreater Vancouver Food BankMoisson MontréalCalgary Food Bank and Ottawa Food BankThe RBC Foundation will be generously supporting this important cause with an additional donation of $25,000, which will be provided directly to the food centres.

The charity auction will take place on Heffel’s Online Auction Partnerships (HO2) platform from June 9 – 23, 2020, and will include 28 works donated by Nicholas Metivier Gallery and a group of well-known artists including Edward Burtynsky, Bobbie Burgers, John Hartman and others. According to presale estimates for the works, the auction is expected to raise between $170,000 and $230,000 to benefit the charities.

“Like many Canadians, we are proud to step up to help those in need during this critical time,” said David Heffel, President of Heffel Fine Art Auction House. “We’re so thankful for the generosity of the Nicholas Metivier Gallery, the RBC Foundation and the artists who have donated their energy and creativity for this important cause, and are eager to get these much-needed funds to food banks in our communities.”

“Canadian food banks are in desperate need of assistance to help those most vulnerable as a result of COVID-19, and demand has grown exponentially in recent months,” said Nicholas Metivier, Founder and Owner of Nicholas Metivier Gallery. “When we suggested the idea of an auction to support food banks, our artists responded with tremendous generosity and enthusiasm. We are also pleased to partner with Heffel and utilize their online auction platform to execute this important initiative.”

To give interested buyers an opportunity to view the available works, the auction catalogue and virtual auction previews will be available on Heffel’s website. Works will also be available for preview by appointment at Nicholas Metivier Gallery (190 Richmond St E, Toronto, ON).

For additional auction details, and to access the online catalogue, please visit www.heffel.com. The catalogue will be available on June 9, 2020.