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Supporter Stories: A BC artist donates proceeds from the sale of his paintings to MSF

A watercolourist's show at a Vancouver café helps raise funds for MSF's humanitarian medical work.

By Olivia Dooley

Dr. Peter Seixas can’t remember when he first heard of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF); he and his wife have been donating to the organization for years.

Seixas, a Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia, was planning a public show for his paintings he completed in 2017 (along with a sprinkling of earlier ones). His friend Roland Case approached the owner of the Corner Cup Café in Vancouver, who offered to display Seixas' paintings for a month, in addition to dedicating the café for an opening show one evening. It was while walking alone in Queen Elizabeth Park that the idea for hosting a fundraiser for MSF struck him.

“I felt funny asking for the money myself”, said Seixas, who is an American immigrant to Canada with a self-professed deep appreciation for public health care. The majority of the sales occurred on the opening evening, with a few trickling in for the remainder of the month. Seixas holds no doubt that the success of the sales (13 of the 18 paintings were sold) was due to the fact that the proceeds would go to MSF.

Seixas notes: “I enjoyed both the satisfaction of knowing that my paintings would end up on the walls of my friends’ houses (rather than in a pile of papers in my studio) and that we had contributed to MSF. They, too, enjoyed that double satisfaction”.

One of the paintings that Peter Seixas included in a Vancouver exhibit of his work that helped raise funds for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

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