Silent Auction to Celebrate Homecoming Scotland 2009 Watercolour of Canada Hill

    TORONTO, Jan. 22 /CNW/ - An original watercolour of Canada Hill on the
Isle of Bute by highly acclaimed Glasgow artist Alma Wolfson is available via
silent auction until 8:00 PM (EST) Friday, January 23, 2009.
    The watercolour is a perspective of Loch Striven and the Kyles of Bute
from the vantage point where families gathered in the 1700's on the Isle of
Bute to wave goodbye to friends and family emigrating to Canada from Scotland.
    This week marks the kick-off to Homecoming Scotland 2009 - a year-long
celebration in honour of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robbie Burns on
January 25, Scotland's national poet.
    Bids can be submitted electronically by email to until 8pm (EST) Friday, January 23, 2009. Bidders
using email must provide their full name and zip code or postal code address
for verification. The successful bidder will be announced at the St Andrew's
Society of Toronto's Aboon Them A' Burns Supper, Friday 23rd January, CN
Tower, Toronto.
    This painting has been generously donated to VisitScotland by Alma
Wolfson for the purposes of helping promote Homecoming Scotland 2009.
Homecoming Scotland 2009 aims to engage Scots at home as well as motivate
people of Scottish descent and those who simply love Scotland, to take part in
an inspirational celebration of Scottish culture, heritage and some of the
many great contributions Scotland has given to the world, and to come home in
2009. There are more than 300 events and festivals taking place throughout the
year and across the country. For more information, visit
    All proceeds from the auction of the Canada Hill painting will be donated
to the Burns 250 Collection, a fund-raising appeal by the National Trust of
Scotland for the conservation, care and exhibition of the 5,000 items that
will be cared for in the new Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Alloway (opening
2010). Priceless manuscripts, exquisite artefacts and rare memorabilia make
the collection unique.

    More about the artist: Alma Wolfson has exhibited at many solo and mixed
British and Scottish art exhibitions. In the process Alma's paintings have won
many art awards including: Barclay Lennie Award Glasgow Society of Women
Artists 1995; Millers Art Prize Paisley Art Institute 1995; Southern Art Club
Trophy 1995 & 1998; Alva Purchase Prize SAAC 1998; Save the Children Award
2000. Alma Wolfson is a member and Past President of GSWA; the SAAC; and
Southern Art Club.

    /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on
    the CNW Photo Network and archived at
    Additional archived images are also available on the CNW Photo Archive
    website at Images are free to accredited
    members of the media/

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