Birdhouses Benefit Refugees

12 March, 2016 4 comments Leave a comment

I just completed a fun art project for a special fundraiser, to support newly-arrived or soon-to-arrive Syrian refugee families in Port Perry.

As one of 20 artists invited to participate by Meta4 Gallery, I embellished a wooden bird house with a totally new art form for me - Zentangle.

Zentangle Birdhouse by Karen Richardson

I painted the birdhouse white, and then inked all four walls and the roof with black Zentangle patterns. I used over 40 different motifs.

Zentangle Birdhouse by Karen Richardson

I decided to leave the colouring options to the buyer, and have included a package of Winsor & Newton artist markers with the birdhouse. The buyer can leave it black and white, or be creative with colour.

Roof of Zentangle Birdhouse by Karen Richardson

More than 20 of these one-of-a-kind creations will be on display at Meta4 Gallery, 200 Queen Street in downtown Port Perry, from March 18 to 28, 2016 as part of a silent auction.

And if you just can't bear to miss out, there's a "buy it now" option too.

Zentangle Birdhouse by Karen Richardson

Meta4 Gallery is open daily except for Good Friday, March 25. I hope you will be able to see the display of birdhouses, and perhaps make a bid or purchase one to benefit this worthwhile cause, before they all 'fly away'.

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  1. Sandy Mackenzie March 14, 2016

    That’s a fantastic idea Karen. The birdhouses look beautiful! For sure we will be a part of the auction. Thank you for the invite

  2. Janet Love March 13, 2016

    Hi Karen, thanks for your email. How long did it take you to create your designs for this birdhouse. It is very detailed.
    Our chair is sponsoring a family of 5 and a young man all from Syria.

  3. Mary Leblanc March 13, 2016

    Your bird house is inspireing Karen as all your works of art are.What a great cause you have joined and participated in, along with all the other artists who have donated there talent and time.I will look forward to stop by and see the painted bird house display and make a bid and hope to be one of the lucky winners.Thanks for sharing.Mary.

  4. Diane Schurman March 13, 2016

    Beautiful birdhouse, Karen! I will definitely visit Meta 4 and make a bid!