Dear artists and friends:  

With the passing of time, and with the need for people to move on from Covid related issues, we are writing to let you know that we feel that ARThanks has served its purpose, and the time has come to wrap up this great project. We always knew that this had a limited shelf life, we just weren’t sure about the how and when.

With the submissions and requests trickling to nothing, we feel that he website is not being used now and for us that really means there is light at the end of the tunnel and we are getting back to normal.  

We all want to thank you so much for donating your art to this cause. With your help, we have put 193 pieces of art into front line workers hands. We have been told that so many of them shed a tear because this was giving them a bit of joy and show of appreciation during this hard time. Many of the artists have started a friendship with some of the recipients, as a result. We are so thrilled to be a part of that.

Ultimately, this means that you no longer have to hold your donation in reserve, and we will be donating any funds accumulated to a charitable organization (to be determined) to further ensure that we can help others in need.  

We couldn’t have done this without you. We are so proud and honoured to be a part of something that meant to care for those who have spent so much time and effort caring for us in our time of need.

Once again, we extend our thanks for the contributors to ARThanks. It’s been an honour and a privilege, and we couldn’t have done it without you.

A Big Thank You To Front-Line COVID Workers

If you’re a Lower Mainland COVID front-line worker, thank you – please choose a piece of art!

Dr. Lauren Sharma holds her gift of art, Small Works 2,
courtesy of local artist Michelle Sirois Silver.

We’re giving original works of art to COVID-19 front-line workers. All types of art to all types of workers – nurses, doctors, grocery workers, baristas, etc. – anyone who put themselves at risk to help us in this time of COVID.

If you’re a COVID front-liner, thank you. We know it’s often been rough, dispiriting, and maddeningly unfair, and we hope this helps. Choose a piece of art that calls out to you from an upcoming show or our gallery of images here on this website. Complete this form to request your chosen piece of art.

Lower Mainland artists, click here or on the Submit tab to donate your work.

Galleries, if you’re planning a show that’s participating in this project, let us know and we’ll list it here. You can download our logo from the contact page.

Shout Out Fun
With The Carnival Band

Shout Out Event

In support of front-line workers.

Date: May 23, 2002
Time: 5:00 to 8:00 pm
Location: Lynn Valley Village

Family fun at 5:00 pm.

Download the Shout out Book

If you’re a Covid front-line worker, please download this e-Book. If you’d like a hard copy we’ll print one up for you, complete the Request Art form here.
If you’re not a Covid front-line worker and you’d like to see this, consider making a donation.

The Team

Arthanks is the common cause of Ginger Sedlarova, Valerie Arntzen, Ali Ledgerwood, Luke Lewandowski, and David MacLean, a group of artists and supporters of the arts. Our Covid front-line workers serve us day after day, month after month, and now year after year, in circumstances both daunting and unfair.  Art is the most personal and creative gift we know how to give.

You can get in touch with us at:

This is strictly a volunteer exercise, but YIKES, we have expenses. Donations are welcome. Please click here and thank you!

And did we mention that we are a 100% volunteer effort? Artists and normal people, welcome. If you are interested in volunteering, complete the form on our Volunteer page.