Artists selling their work for wildlife in Australia

Local artists will be selling their work at Capitol Arts Market in Simcoe from Feb. 1 to March 28 with all of the proceeds being donated to Australian wildlife rescue. John Vlahos, Ingrid Zyma-Irvin, and Joseph Panacci are among the artists contributing to the exhibit. Ashley Taylor/Delhi News Express jpg, DN

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Buying a new piece of art for your home could also help wildlife rescue in Australia.

Artists at Capitol Arts Market have come together to create a show that runs until March 28. All of the works have been donated and 100 per cent of the proceeds will be going to WIRES, a wildlife rescue organization in Australia.

“A dear friend of mine lives in Australia. He’s a potter and his whole studio burned down,” said Joseph Panacci. “It’s devastating beyond belief and we want to help.”

Panacci said he mentioned the fundraiser to other artists involved with the market and they were all excited about the idea.

“We feel bad for the animals,” added John Vlahos. “There’s so many different animals there, deer, kangaroos.”

The artists spoke with others they know throughout Australia to decide on which charity to choose. They decided on WIRES because the group provides wildlife rescue 365 days a year.

“We’re a small community, but we have heart,” said Panacci. “Artists have donated pieces anywhere from $50 up to $250. The generosity of the members is incredible.”

They don’t have a set fundraising goal but the group hopes to sell as much as possible over the two-month period of the fundraiser.

“There’s nice work in here already,” Ingrid Zyma-Irvin said as they were setting up the displays on Thursday. “Everybody has embraced this.”

Capitol Arts Market, at 13 Norfolk St. South in Simcoe, is run by volunteer artists. They will be on-site Tuesdays to Saturdays to answer any questions about the art or the fundraiser. Tuesday to Friday hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pieces that will be available include paintings, photography, stained glass, pottery and more.

Any artists that would like to donate their pieces to the cause can contact either Zyma-Irvin at 519-428-0605 or Panacci at 519-426-6650.

“We’re hoping that the community embraces this and gets involved,” said Panacci “That’s our goal.”

All funds raised will be sent as a lump sum to WIRES (Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service) at the end of March.