There won’t be much visible wall space at Grounded Coffee House this Thursday.
As part of it’s fourth annual “Grounded Gives to Kids” fundraiser, the Vernon Street coffee shop will be decorated with about 70 pieces of artwork, created by local children at South Nelson elementary school and at 4Cats Art Studio.
“All the individual art has a coffee cup theme,” explained Grounded owner Sasha Kitch. “The students at South Nelson painted their coffee cups on wood, which makes them really unique. At 4Cats they did amazing Andy Warhol-style coffee cup.”
Also on display will be two large Jackson Pollock inspired splatter paintings created by groups of children at 4Cats.
All the art was donated to the event and will be sold with proceeds going to the Kootenay Kids Society. The individual artwork is $35 and the splatter paintings will be sold in a silent auction.
“I’m hoping some business owners will come and bid on the splatter paintings for their office,” Kitch said.
Grounded will also donate every dollar it makes selling coffee and food on Thursday. Kitch hopes to raise over $3,000 at the event.
“If people change their habits for one day and get their coffees at Grounded, they’ll be supporting a great cause,” said Kitch, explaining that she chose Kootenay Kids to receive the proceeds from the event because, as a mother herself, she hates to think of children going hungry.
The money will specifically fund Kootenay Kids’ farms to families program, which provides weekly market vouchers to low-income parents of young children. The vouchers support both the families, who can buy fresh, locally grown food, as well as the farmers who sell at the West Kootenay EcoSociety markets.
Check out Grounded Gives to Kids on Thursday, June 28, at Grounded Coffee House, 616 Vernon Street, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.