Full house at Paintings by the Numbers event

Lighthouse Community art event supports Nile Creek Enhancement Society’s ongoing fish rehabilitation program

Carol Saxon was hoping to get Ken Kirkby’s original oil painting called Windswept Hillside and when Diane Sampson

Carol Saxon was hoping to get Ken Kirkby’s original oil painting called Windswept Hillside and when Diane Sampson

The Lighthouse Community Centre in Qualicum Bay looked like a high end art gallery Saturday, April 14 with 60 original pieces of artwork up for grabs.

The Nile Creek Enhancement Society’s (NCES) fourth annual Paintings by the Numbers fundraiser was sold out, and when it was over, those who paid $500 for one of the 50 tickets available walked away with original artwork.

Each ticket holder’s name was drawn at random giving them a choice of a professional painting by well known artists including Ken Kirkby, Brian Buckrell, Cindy Mawle, Allan Dunfield and more.

Ticket holders sipped wine and nibbled on hors d’oeuvres including scallops, donated by Island Scallops and oysters compliments of Mac’s Oysters as they previewed the paintings.

Elli Nelson was the first name to be drawn.  She had first dibs and out of the 60 she chose a Ken Kirkby piece titled Tree Side View.

Funds raised from the event will support NCES’s ongoing projects for the benefit of salmon habitats.

Society president Ken Kirkby said salmon fry that volunteers have been nursing in the Nile Creek hatchery will soon be put in net pens at the Deep Bay marina.

The fish are being added to the environment as part of continuing rehabilitation efforts and to support local fishing opportunities.