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‘Community’ on the auction block in support of Esquimalt youth program

The painting was created by artists in residence with the Township Community Arts Council

Esquimalt’s Township Community Arts Council is auctioning off an artwork created by this year’s artists in residence to support the council’s youth mentorship program.

The lobby at Esquimalt Town Square was filled with potential bidders Saturday afternoon at a gala event where the artwork on the auction block could be viewed and musical entertainment was provided by Stephanie Greaves.

Dubbed “Community,” the four by five-foot painting was created by German McKenzie, Sharon A. Stone, and Leroy Boris.

“The artists were given complete free reign on the composition, colour scheme, and how the painting would be created,” said council president Morlene Tomlinson. “They were given just one word, and that word was ‘community.’”

Proceeds from the silent auction will go to the council’s youth mentorship program, which provides successful applicants with a musical mentor and a series of private lessons and is open to youth across Greater Victoria.

The auction launched with Saturday’s event and bids will be accepted until May 6. Bids may be placed by emailing, or in person at Esquimalt Town Square, 503 Park Pl.

The council also has plenty of events planned in the coming months and is always looking for volunteers and artists to sign up. More information can be found at

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Justin Samanski-Langille

About the Author: Justin Samanski-Langille

I moved coast-to-coast to discover and share the stories of the West Shore, joining Black Press in 2021 after four years as a reporter in New Brunswick.
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