Island artists organizing June art show and auction to raise money in support of Asian black bears

Posted March 19, 2022 at 2:22 pm by

Jayne Sirosh­ton and Jan Mur­phy share details about an ambi­tious project that aims to raise $25,000 to spon­sor a res­cued moon bear on behalf of the San Juan Island community.

Fri­day Har­bor has long been tout­ed as an art des­ti­na­tion, and with good rea­son. Painters, sculp­tors, pot­ters, fab­ric artists, musi­cians and writ­ers thrive and find cre­ative inspi­ra­tion liv­ing in the San Juan Islands. Two local artists, Jayne Sirosh­ton and Jan Mur­phy, have joined forces to bring art and pur­pose togeth­er to help in a cause they are both pas­sion­ate about – ani­mal welfare.

The idea began to take shape sev­er­al months ago when Sirosh­ton and Mur­phy, both long-time ani­mal wel­fare activists, began dis­cussing the plight of Asi­at­ic black bears, or moon bears, as they are known in Chi­na and Viet­nam. The two want­ed to find a way to bring aware­ness to the work of Ani­mals Asia, an orga­ni­za­tion found­ed almost 25 years ago to bring about an end to the suf­fer­ing of bears used for bile extrac­tion in many parts of Asia. After sev­er­al meet­ings and lots of brain­storm­ing, the two hit upon an idea – an event that would uti­lize the artis­tic tal­ent of local Islanders and help raise con­scious­ness as well as funds for the organization.

The duo set a lofty goal. They hope to raise $25,000 and use the mon­ey to spon­sor a res­cued moon bear on behalf of the San Juan Island com­mu­ni­ty at one of Ani­mals Asia’s two sanc­tu­ar­ies. The bear res­cued and spon­sored through their efforts will be named Fri­day which is why the project has been dubbed A Bear Called Fri­day. Since their ini­tial dis­cus­sion, Sirosh­ton and Mur­phy have gained the sup­port of sev­er­al oth­er San Juan Island artists and will host an art show and auc­tion at Brick­works on June 17, with 100% of the pro­ceeds going to Ani­mals Asia.

In addi­tion to Sirosh­ton and Mur­phy, artists who have agreed to donate art­works to the sale are Jaime Ellsworth, Bar­bara Duzan, Lisa Lam­ore­aux, Ali­son Engle, Shan­non Borg, Tere­sa Smith, Lau­ra Bauer, Gretchen Alli­son, Pamela Hoke, Win­nie Brum­sick­le and Lau­ren Jawer.

Artist and author Jayne Sirosh­ton owns Rookscroft, an art gallery and retail space in Fri­day Har­bor. Jan Mur­phy has been active­ly involved with Ani­mals Asia for over 20 years and cur­rent­ly serves on their U.S. board of directors.

A Bear Called Fri­day art sale and auc­tion will fea­ture wines and ciders served by Madrone Cel­lars, a silent auc­tion, and a video pre­sen­ta­tion high­light­ing the life-sav­ing work being done by Ani­mals Asia. The event takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. and admis­sion is free. 

If you are a San Juan Island-based artist and would like to par­tic­i­pate in the project by donat­ing your work, please con­tact Jan Mur­phy at 360–298-2195.

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