The national church’s biggest fundraiser is hoping that a picture is worth a little more than just 1,000 words.
The Anglican Appeal will be on the receiving end of the sale of art photographs, taken, framed and matted by the editor of the Anglican Journal.
Vianney (Sam) Carriere is donating the proceeds from the sale of a collection of his art photographs to the Anglican Appeal.
“I’m really moved by Sam’s generosity,” said Gail Holland, co-ordinator of the Anglican Appeal. “This is entirely at his initiative.”
The photographs are a selection of those taken by Mr. Carriere during a trip last spring to the Middle East. The Journal editor travelled there to cover a visit by the Primate, Archbishop Michael Peers, and representatives of the Presbyterian, United and Evangelical Lutheran churches.
Mr. Carriere, who jokingly describes his hobby of photography as something between a passion and an obsession, took the photographs in Jerusalem’s Old City with 35 mm film. He then scanned and edited the prints and also did the framing and matting himself. About a dozen images from the resulting collection hung in the lobby of Church House, the church’s national office, for about a month last fall. Five were sold.
In an earlier exhibition of his photographs, from a trip to the island of Malaita, in the Solomon Islands, Mr. Carriere elected to split the proceeds from any sales of the artwork with the church. Half of the Malaita photograph sales went to the Sisters of the Church, who have a growing community in the Solomon Islands.
With the Jerusalem photographs, Mr. Carriere said he also wanted to give something back to the church.
“Anglican Appeal is the biggest fundraiser we have going,” he said.
The Appeal supports the church’s work in Canada’s North, overseas and the Healing Fund for healing projects for indigenous people.
As art photographs go, said Ms. Holland, the images in the Jerusalem collection are very reasonably priced, as similar items sell at craft shows and galleries for up to $800.
Last spring, Mr. Carriere donated to the Appeal a scanned, edited and framed photograph from a collection by Edna Mary Eastwood, an Anglican woman who had arranged for her photograph album to be given to the Anglican Journal. The picture, which was raffled off at the last meeting of the outgoing Council of General Synod, netted the Appeal $300. When the new members of the Council met last fall for their first meeting of the triennium, another raffle for two framed photographs from the Jerusalem collection was nixed by members who objected to it as a form of gambling.
Anglican Book Centre, the church’s national bookstore located at Church House, then stepped in and agreed to sell the photographs. The photographs will be displayed in the Church House lobby and sell for $125 with the money going to the Appeal. They can be ordered from Anglican Book Centre by calling 1 (800) 268 1168.
- Images from the Old City
— photo gallery (including the photographs currently for sale, proceeds going to the Anglican Appeal)
- Anglican Appeal
- First-hand look at Israeli conflict
Church leaders visit Middle East
— Anglican Journal news story by Vianney (Sam) Carriere
- Church leaders travel to Middle East in show of support
Trip intended as solidarity for ‘double minority’ Christians
— www.anglican.ca website news story
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