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Newcomer artists celebrated at ‘An Artistic Evening’

Immigrant Services Guelph-Wellington hosts their first annual art-focused benefit event
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Guelph Arts Council is pleased to partner with Immigrant Services Guelph-Wellington on An Artistic Evening, a benefit for IS-GW that showcases and supports 10 local artists who are new to Canada.

As well as the art exhibition, the event features music by local guitar virtuoso and songwriter Adrian Raso and great food and drink by Bite Catering and Laza Food & Beverage. Ticket sales benefit IS-GW’s programs and services, and all proceeds from the sale of artwork go directly to the artists.

An Artistic Evening takes place on Thursday, Mar. 22 from 6 – 9 p.m. at Immigrant Services Guelph-Wellington, 104 Dawson Rd, Unit 102, in Guelph. Tickets are available at all Scotiabank branches in Guelph, and at IS-GW.

Sandra Cocco, Executive Director of Immigrant Services Guelph-Wellington, approached GAC with the idea for the event after seeing the amazing work of a local immigrant artist.

She says of the event: “IS-GW is delighted to partner with Guelph Arts Council to create an opportunity to highlight newcomers’ artistic talents. As we celebrate 40 years of service in this community we are excited to host An Artistic Evening on Mar. 22. We look forward to celebrating with many agency supporters and the business community.”

The artists featured at the event include: Reyad Alabdullah, Yulia Balobanova, Maria Garcia, Sukhbir Jassal, Shahla Kashani, Adriana Rosselli, Maria-Elena Mazariegos, Rayan Remedan, Nahid Rokhsana, and Kate Salih.

GAC partners with other community organizations, like Immigrant Services Guelph-Wellington, to support them in creating opportunities for artists. Our services to our artist members include one-on-one consultations, resources for learning, marketing services, and networking opportunities.

We are grateful for the opportunity to help Immigrant Services Guelph-Wellington showcase these artists’ work, and to support these artists, all relative newcomers to Guelph’s arts community, through our services. An Artistic Evening is proudly sponsored by Scotiabank, The Cooperators - Brad Barbour Insurance Group, and Laza Food & Beverages Inc.

by Patti Broughton/Guelph Arts Council

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