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Emily Carr University, Rennie Collection and Union Gospel Mission unveil art created for the Downtown Eastside

Vancouver, BC—Since January, the Rennie Collection, Union Gospel Mission and Emily Carr University of Art + Design have been working together to create original works of art for members of the community struggling with homelessness, poverty and addiction. Conducted through an Emily Carr class, The Vicinity of Painting, senior art students have been working with UGM, to create three large-scale instillations for the Mission’s large dining room in the new facility on East Hastings.

This Wednesday, the art will be unveiled during a short program, officially presenting the art, and thanking the groups involved. Benjamin Garner, one of the students producing the art, will share about how much it meant to be able to give back in this way—seven years ago Benjamin himself was in a detox program down the road from UGM. With his life on track, Benjamin is delighted to be using his artistic gifts to give back to those who are where he once was.

WHAT    Official Viewing: The Vicinity of Painting
               A collaborative site-specific project between Emily Carr University of Art + Design, The Rennie Collection and Union Gospel    
WHEN    Wednesday, May 2, 2012
               3:00PM (doors open at 2:45PM, short program starts sharply at 3:00PM and concludes at 3:30, art viewing until 4:00pm)

WHERE    601 East Hastings, Vancouver (@ Princess Street, entre through Reception)

•    Bob Rennie, principal of Rennie Marketing Systems and founder of the Rennie Collection.
•    David MacWilliam, Dean of Visual Art + Material Practice at Emily Carr University
•    Ryan Koch, Associate Director, Principal & Legacy Giving at Union Gospel Mission
•    Benjamin Garner, Emily Carr University student, artist

VISUALS    Two massive installations, affixed to the dining room walls, will be unveiled.
                    Two massive mobiles hanging from the ceiling will be viewable.

Union Gospel Mission has been feeding hope and changing lives of men, women, youth, and children for over 70 years. Through its 9 locations in Metro Vancouver and the city of Mission, UGM provides counseling, education, safe housing, and alcohol and drug recovery to those struggling with poverty, homelessness, and addiction. The heart of the mission is to demonstrate God’s transforming love, ease the burden of the most vulnerable, rebuild the lives of the broken, and offer dignity to those who feel cast aside. To find out more, visit


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