On November 17, the Vancouver Mission of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will unveil portraits of its founding members by local artist John Ferrie in a fundraiser to continue the charitable work of the group.
A world-renowned artist, Ferrie’s uniquely recognizable style includes sweeping brush strokes, bold colours, and intrinsic detail and has seen his work exhibited in Seattle, Hong Kong, Miami, New York and San Francisco, in addition to his hometown of Vancouver.
“Many years ago, while in San Francisco, I encountered the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and was frightened by them, but also intrigued by their creativity,” says Ferrie. “It was through finding out what the Sisters do, raising money and the consciousness of the gay community all the while empowering everyone they meet, that helped me overcome my fear. When I saw the Vancouver Mission unfolding, I wanted them to do well. Doing their portraits was one way to lift their dynamic work to a whole new level.”
Spokesperson Novice Sister Merry Q. Contrary says she and the rest of her Sisters of the Abbey of the Long Cedar Canoe were flattered to have caught the attention of such an accomplished artist as Ferrie and his interest in helping. “Quickly we recognized this as an opportunity to support both the local arts and the HIV/AIDS and homelessness work that is so near and dear to our hearts.”
In addition to the unveiling of the original portraits, the Sisters will have prints and other items featuring Ferrie’s portraits for sale at the event which takes place on November 17, 2011 at The Junction Pub on Davie Street. Proceeds will support the charitable work of the Sisters and local projects focused on queers, HIV and homelessness.
The only active Canadian mission of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, an international order of queer nuns, the Vancouver Sisters’ mission is to promulgate universal joy, expiate stigmatic guilt and serve the community. They host a weekly community drop-in on Friday evenings called S’Habit, and are available to attend community events and rallies to lend their support and offer blessings.
Ferrie’s Sisters: Unveiled
17 November 2011 @ 8pm
The Junction Pub, 1138 Davie Street, Vancouver
Visit http://www.yvrsisters.ca for more information.