DAREarts Foundation Inc. for Children

DAREarts Foundation Inc. for Children
ERA Evolution of Rug Artistry

ERA Evolution of Rug Artistry

March 24, 2011 18:04 ET

Weavers Art Presents: ERA EVOLUTION OF RUG ARTISTRY-Unveiling Reception and Special Live Auction March 31st, 2011

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 24, 2011) - A new idea, a unique design competition, the hidden talents of high school students and a team of talented weavers - that's where it all starts.

ERA's objective is to promote Canadian talent while raising funds and awareness for DAREarts, a charity that builds courage, confidence and leadership in children by harnessing the power of the arts: Discipline – Accountability – Responsibility - Excellence.

At the ERA 2011 reception, we will be celebrating the 5 students, winners of this year's rug design competition and unveiling the incredible 4'x 6' rugs that are to be auctioned off to benefit DAREarts.

With the ever talented Tabby Johnson, performer, speaker and educator, who will be the emcee for the evening, guests will take part in the first official unveiling, have the opportunity to meet the 5 talented young artists, and mingle with the team of interior designers such as John Tong of 3rd Uncle Design, who juried the competition.

Live Auction: The first of each of these 5 limited edition 4' x 6' rugs will be signed by the artists and offered for the live auction.

100% of the proceeds from the live auction will benefit DAREarts.
ERA Evolution of Rug Artistry
Weavers Art Contemporary Culture
 162 Bedford Road
Toronto, ON
March 31st, 2011
Media preview: 5:15PM
Reception: 6PM
Auction: 7PM

For ERA 2011 information please visit: http://era2011.weaversart.com/index.html.

About ERA

The ERA Design Competition was launched in 2009 as a challenge to Canadian designers. In 2010, ERA challenged Canadian high school students as a way to discover emerging talent while raising funds and awareness for DAREarts. All submissions were judged by a panel of interior designers:

  Anna Stranks, Studio A Design Cooperative
  Linda Boorman, Linda Boorman Interiors Ltd
  John Tong, 3rd Uncle Design Inc.
  Tim Au-Yeung, Humanscale

The 5 ERA competition winners:

  Tasneem Merghani, 15 - Eastern Commerce Collegiate Institute
  James Sylvester, 16 - Eastern Commerce Collegiate Institute
  Anna Kan, 17 - Riverdale Collegiate Institute
  Daniel Roher, 17 - Etobicoke School of the Arts
  Markie Tuckett, 17 - Midland Secondary School

The ERA winners worked with Michael Pourvakil, president of Weavers Art, to review all details, including yarn selection and colour, before the renderings were sent to Nepal where the rugs were hand-woven.

The students will be present at the unveiling reception to receive recognition and speak of their designs.

After the original 5 rugs are auctioned off on March 31st, a percentage of each subsequent sale of the remaining limited edition rugs will continue to benefit DAREarts.


Michael Pourvakil, president of Weavers Art , has generously supported this innovative design and fundraising concept since its creation. http://www.weaversart.com/index.php

Johane Lefrançois-Deignan, Principal at JNSQ Design, has actively participated in all of ERA since bringing the concept to Weavers Art. http://www.jnsq.ca/

Melanie Cantwell, Marketing Director, coordinated Weavers Art's involvement in the project. http://www.weaversart.com/index.php

Marilyn Field, Founder of DAREarts. http://www.darearts.com/main.shtml

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