Karen Elder, West Coast Artist Bent-Tree-Studio, Hornby Island BC
Karen Elder, West Coast ArtistBent-Tree-Studio, Hornby Island BC 


Since I moved to Hornby Island, I have been involved in a couple of fundraising events by providing artwork to various organizations.   These include:



During the Herring Festival Event, I generally submit a couple of paintings to help out with frundraising.   50% of all proceeds from the art sale go to CHI.  (  Check out this great site at http://conservancyhornbyisland.org/).


HUGGS:  Total group fundraising efforts have brought in well over $20,000 each in 2011, 2013 & 2016.  These efforts provide HUGGS (Hornby United Grandmothers and Grand Sisters) with some of the money they raise  to help grandmothers in Africa that are caring for orphaned grandchildren whose parents have died from HIV/AIDS.  Chairs were painted by myself and many other artists and sold at an auction on Hornby Island with funds provided to HUGGS for distribution to the African Grandmother's and Grand Sisters - Stephen Lewis Foundation.  See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Lewis_Foundation


HORNBY ISLAND FESTIVAL SOCIETY:  Another venture I have been taking part in over the years is the painting of bird houses for the silent auction during the Hornby Island Festival that runs for two weeks starting on the August long weekend every year.  

This 10-day world-class event has been named one of the top five festivals in Canada (Aeroplan Magazine) and one of the top 5 cultural events in BC (Macleans). We enjoy stunning performances against the beautiful backdrop of the mountains, ocean and rolling hayfields at Rosemuir Farm (formerly known as the Olsen Farm) and at Hornby Island's charming Community Hall."....(check it out at  https://www.hornbyfest.com/).

CONSERVANCY HORNBY ISLAND - Fundraising Artshow for the Herring Festival 2020:

HORNBY ISLAND FESTIVAL - Fundraising Artshow 2019:

CONSERVANCY HORNBY ISLAND - Fundraising Artshow for the HerringFest 2019:

CONSERVANCY HORNBY ISLAND - Fundraising Artshow for the HerringFest 2018:

Sealions during the Herring Spawn - 20" x 16" oil paintings

HUGGS Fun-Raising Auctions 2011, 2013 & 2016:

Gecko Stool 2011

Blackberry Chair 2013

"The Cat of Many Colours" 2016 - Painted Wooden Stool

I painted this hand-crafted stool for the Hornby Island United Grandmothers and Grandsisters Society (HUGGS).  Proceeds from the auction in July 2016 go the Stephen Lewis Foundation to help the grandmothers in Africa raise their grandchildren whose parents have died due to HIV/AIDS.  The stool sits on a porch in my own neighbourhood!

Hornby Island Festival 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2015:

(Scroll down to see photos of projects)

Northern Lights 2011

Summertime Fun 2012

Painted for the Hornby Island Festival Auction in 2014.  Inspired by summer!

Birdie Daycare 2013

 (I may have had the arrival of my 1st grandson on my mind when I painted this!)

"Feed Me" 2015 (Tray)

This tray was painted for the Hornby Island Festival Society for their auction in 2015.  The hummingbird tray was inspired by a photo of a mother feeding her two babies in a cedar tree outside our bedroom window!



Artcards for sale on this site as well as at the Hornby Island Co-op. 



HORNBY ISLAND ART'S COUNCIL GALLERY -  News Update:  The building is coming along and possibly opening this upcoming Spring 2024 on Hornby Island just off Sollans Road.  Stay tuned...




Bent Tree Studio officially opened Aug. 2014 ...

Hours:  Open by appointment.   If I am in my Studio, I will have my "Open sign" out by the Studio or you can call for an appointment.  Check it out...


Art Cards for sale... 

Art cards can be found in my studio, the Co-op, and on this website. 


Check out fund-raising projects that I have participated in with both paintings and 3-D projects over the years at:  Volunteer Project Gallery


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