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4th annual Portraits of Giving
2013 marks the fourth year that the Portraits of Giving photography exhibit has been inspiring the community. Each year Merk Photography provide a unique photographic experience created to celebrate people in our community who reach beyond their busy lives to give to others.
Karen Merk, LPPO, PMP, an award winning York Region photographer, was personally inspired by people in our community who contribute their time and resources to the benefit of others. These are people who give back for the right reasons and don’t want to be in a spotlight, but felt honoured to be celebrated. Karen developed the concept for Portraits of Giving and has continued to produce and organize the exhibit for the past 4 years. Karen invited writer, Cindy Shaver Vargas, to contribute the very touching stories behind the acts of giving of eight more York Region people, adding another dimension to this photography exhibit.
Portraits of Giving travels to three towns each year: Aurora, Newmarket and Richmond Hill and for the first year it will travel to a 4th town, Markham. It has expanded to include two opening receptions, a printed book, and an e-book version, of which 25% is fittingly donated to our new charity partner, Character Community Foundation of York Region.
Where and When
Tues. June 17th to July 22, 2013
The Aurora Cultural Centre, 22 Church St., Aurora, Ont.
Stewart Maclaren, Jennifer Ettinger and Brooke Harrison
Mon. Oct. 1st to Fri. Oct. 11th, 2013
The York Region Municipal Building, Great Hall, 17250 Yonge St., Newmarket Ont.
Mike Smith and Wes Playter
November 1st to December 1st, 2013
The Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, 10268 Yonge St., Richmond Hill, Ont.
Mark Hebert and Glemena Bettencourt
December 1st, 2013 to January 2nd, 2014
Markham – TBD