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Art for Charity

Art For Charity

Charity & volunteering time and talents is my family tradition. This blog post is a memorial dedication to my MOM, Norma the volunteer.






Norma Mawhinney Gibson deceased June 1989 @ age 54 
My mom, Norma was a dedicated volunteer for many organizations, groups, and individual projects. GIVING was a need for her like oxygen is for breathing. She would find a place for her skills and believed that if one is to connect to the heart of a community then one should volunteer. 

If we personally feel lonely, depressed, and bored, then GIVE self & Volunteer and it will have a ripple effect cure!  
Mom's years of community devotion did rub off on me. I also like to connect with like-minded people to transmute our positive actions in our communities. 

I have been a receiver of charity and still to this day enjoy the gifts from those who volunteer what they can offer to the community, for example, the Rails to Trails local organizations that have devoted their personal time to organize funding and care for something we all can enjoy without much thought of how it all came to be.

I am so thankful for those people of kindness both in charitable organizations and individuals who in my past life as a struggling single mother who have donated their money and services to me & my son in so many ways to help us in dental services, food, car repair, home repair, mental health support, and even art supplies to improve my day in kindness and usefulness. 

Being a volunteer and helping out charities comes from the heart and think that this is part of the success for both the givers and receivers of kindness and usefulness that suits the needs of a healthy place to live. GIVING is the pulse of our communities.




My sister bought a box of stuff at an auction that had some old oil paints looking a little worse for wear on the outside of the tubes because one of them lost a top, but other than that the oil paint inside is fine and will put be put to good use. 

This year's 2020 Mosaic for Mental Health project will include the oil paints in a study of three shells stashed in a dish of my collectible found objects. Painting the shell series got me thinking to do more still life studies of my found objects. I have many dreams of finding treasure and seem to always be looking intently on the ground for cool objects and even at times have found money like a $50.00 Canadian bill!

The 3 colors I chose from the gifted paints; Cobalt blue, Scarlet red, and Raw sienna which is called a limited palette. To make the shift in values I used Titanium white and a 'wild card' paint color called Flesh Tone I bought years ago and never use.

It fascinates me how many colors one can mix with 3 primary colors 'Blue-Red-Yellow' and using white to make the value shifts. I love mixing paint and watching the color magic before my eyes. With oil paint's slow drying quality, I can spend time mucking about until I get the right value or color temperature.

2020 CALL FOR SUBMISSION The Mosaic for Mental Health art submission is for anyone who would like to participate in creating Mosaics for sale. They supply the 6"x 6" board for painting and the creator is free to use whatever medium that sticks to the board's surface. Go here to find about how you can participate. 


The Shell Study on sale--- $25.00 each available to purchase from October 15th to November 1, 2020, at the Craig Gallery event Mosaic for Mental Health.

22nd Mosaic for Mental Health
The Craig Gallery, Alderney Landing, Dartmouth, N.S
October 15th to November 1, 2020

2020 Mosaic For Mental Health * Shell Study by Minaz Jantz

22nd Mosaic for Mental Health
The Craig Gallery, Alderney Landing, Dartmouth, N.S
October 15th to November 1, 2020

2020 Mosaic For Mental Health * Shell Study by Minaz Jantz

22nd Mosaic for Mental Health
The Craig Gallery, Alderney Landing, Dartmouth, N.S
October 15th to November 1, 2020

BUY YOUR SELF a piece of art, create a growing collection and a gift-giving idea that gives back to the community. 


2020 Mosaic For Mental Health * Shell Study by Minaz Jantz

22nd Mosaic for Mental Health
The Craig Gallery, Alderney Landing, Dartmouth, N.S
October 15th to November 1, 2020


BACK TO 2018... A fellow artist & friend, Jude Caborn uses her creative world to bring funding and joy to those she can help. Jude was the person to turn me onto doing the Mosaic for Mental Health which I look forward to it every year. Painting the squares jumps starts me back into the studio. I also really like that the sale of the little painting helps fund our local mental health programs.



2018 Mosaic For Mental Health * Season Winter by Minaz Jantz
SOLD 2018

2018 Mosaic For Mental Health * Season Spring by Minaz Jantz
SOLD 2018

2018 Mosaic For Mental Health * Season Summer by Minaz Jantz
SOLD 2018

2016 Paint Off Event - Be Nice Grow Flowers art by Minaz Jantz
SOLD 2016

A few years ago I signed up for a Paint Off event, a fundraiser for the Musquodoboit Harbour, Old School Community Place. They supply the canvas and acrylic paint while 10 to 12 of us artists take to painting like maniacs to a time limit and a theme that was drawn out of a hat moments before STARTING. OMG, the brain whirls and the paint is slapping away on the canvas while the audience watches us struggle away. We all hope to get enough paint on the canvas to be called art and not just an embarrassing mess of paint at the end of a timed session. The audience later votes who is best with each challenge. All but one of us will be voted off till, in the end, there is only one winner. Not ME LOL!!!


2017 Paint Off Event - Fall Fashion art by Minaz Jantz
SOLD 2017
I did the Paint Off Event twice and can say I am not a fast painter. Fortunately, I had time afterward to get back to my incomplete paintings and finish them off respectfully for the buyers. I had a fun day doing the Paint Off but will not be doing this kind of time-limited event in the future.

May I challenge you to consider a charity to volunteer your talents. There are many charities to pick so find one that matches your passions and interest. Go ahead do it!

Art Inspired, Minaz

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