Making time for local art — and helping others

Imagine bidding on a piece of original art — but not needing to use money.

It’s the idea behind Timeraiser, a project held elsewhere in Canada and coming to Kamloops this year for the first time.

September Kuromi of Social Fire, which has partnered with Volunteer Kamloops on the event, said it’s a way to engage young professionals with the idea of volunteering for local agencies.

The focus is art and Kuromi has bought 10 pieces by local artists. She hopes to have about 19 by the time the event is held in June.

Volunteer Kamloops is contacting agencies it works with and will identify 20 to take part in the evening.

When it all comes together, there will be booths with representatives of the agencies there to talk about volunteer opportunities, music in the background, perhaps some food and the art waiting for the bidding to begin.

Once a person has completed an application to volunteer with an agency, they qualify to take part in the silent auction, bidding hours they’ll give to that agency.

At the end of the night, the ones with the most hours bid win the art — and the agencies have new volunteers.

The catch is they don’t get the art until their hours are completed.

Kuromi said she’s still working on a venue but hopes to hold it in the former Cactus Jack’s Saloon location on Seymour Street because the heritage aspect of the building fits with the support the event provides to local artists, entertainers and agencies.

She’s aiming for June 7 for the event.

Kuromi is still accepting submissions to buy from artists and is looking for other sponsors for the event.

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