CBC Radio Interview

Read excerpts from Stephen Quinn interviewing our art team on CBC Radio Vancouver, The Early Edition.

Art with heart: B.C. artists are saying thanks to frontline staff by offering them their works

Listen to the interview. Click “Play Segment” at the following link.

Artists are getting their art to frontline workers as a thank you for their hard work | The Early Edition with Stephen Quinn | Live Radio | CBC Listen

Vancouver Guardian

Read our interview in the Vancouver Guardian’s Charitable Choices

Galleries West

Read about our project and call to artists

Burnaby Now article

January 14, 2022

Metro Vancouver artists say thanks to front-line workers – with free art

Read about us and our project in the Burnaby Now

Press Release

Jul 28, 2021

A way for artists to give back to those who gave so much to our community during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Who: arTHANKS is the concept of David MacLean, a visual artist who also works in the local movie industry. Thinking about all the front-line workers and how to give back for all they have given us, he rallied Ginger Sedlarova and Valerie Arntzen, two fellow visual artists, and Ali Ledgerwood, supporter of the arts, to complete the team.

Why: David was pondering how he and his peers could give back and acknowledge front-line workers – nurses, doctors, grocery workers, café workers, etc. The artworks will be a small token of appreciation from our local art community.

What: We are putting out a call to artists to donate a small piece of art that will be on show for front-line workers to choose for free and know that we are acknowledging all they have done for us during this past year and a half.

Where: Once a piece is accepted, it will be shown here on the website and also in public places such as galleries, window galleries, libraries, civic buildings and maybe even popup galleries for front-line workers to choose a work they’d like!

Call for Entry: We are looking for donations of one or more pieces from local artists to be given for free to our local front-line workers in the Lower Mainland.

Submission Deadline: We are accepting submissions from August 1 until midnight December 31, 2021.

Mediums Accepted: Painting, photography, sculpture, drawing, collage, assemblage, paper cutting, textile, glass, wood, ceramics, prints.

All wall works must be wired and ready to hang.

Sizes Accepted: Wall-hung pieces no larger than 24″ x 24″ maximum in either direction, including frame. Unframed ready-to-hang canvas pieces also accepted. All works will be given away to front-line workers for free.

Images: Please submit your work here or click on the Submit tab.

Drop Off/Pick Up: Once your piece is chosen by a front-line worker, we will put you and that front-liner in contact to make arrangements for exchanging your work. If your work is selected for a public place such as a gallery, we will contact you with the drop-off venue. The front-line worker will then pick up from the venue where your piece is displayed.


  • All artwork is donated – this is strictly a good will project; • You will be contacted directly if your piece(s) are accepted
  • No fees are collected by the organizers and no tax receipts will be available to artists
  • arTHANKS will be sending out press releases and contacting various news organizations, companies and other front-line workers

Questions? Write us either by clicking here or on the Contact tab or at

Artists to donate exhibited works in support of front-line workers

arTHANKS is looking for donations of one or two pieces from local artists to be given to front-line workers in the Lower Mainland.

Aug 5, 2021

Read this article in the Vancouver Sun about our project.