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These beautiful boxes are being auctioned to support Native youth (PHOTOS)

Each year, artists transform bentwood boxes into unique pieces of art auctioned in support of Vancouver's Urban Native Youth Association.
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Each year, artists transform bentwood boxes into unique pieces of art, and then those pieces are put up for auction for Lattimer Gallery's annual fundraiser in support of Vancouver's Urban Native Youth Association.

 Artist: Clinton Work (Photo courtesy Lattimer Gallery)Artist: Clinton Work (Photo courtesy Lattimer Gallery)

A decade running, the "charity boxes" auction has given a yearly boost to UNYA's 21 prevention-focused programs and services for Native youth.

Remarkably, the talented participating artists have donated all of their work, and the work of building the boxes themselves--done by Métis/Cree artist James Michels--was also donated to the auction.

 Artist: Clinton Work (Photo courtesy Lattimer Gallery)Artist: Clinton Work (Photo courtesy Lattimer Gallery)

Taking place from now through December 2, viewers of the collection online will see the current bids in the silent auction; bids are made in increments of $100, and can be placed by e-mail, phone, or in person at Lattimer Gallery.

Lattimer Gallery has been promoting contemporary Northwest Coast art in Vancouver since its founding in 1986. The gallery operates two locations; one in Vancouver at 1590 West 2nd Avenue, and a second outpost at Vancouver International Airport (International Terminal - Level 3 Departures).

Take a look at the incredible boxes that are in the 2017 auction:

 Artist: Cheryl Wadhams (Photo courtesy Lattimer Gallery)Artist: Cheryl Wadhams (Photo courtesy Lattimer Gallery)

 Artist: Cody Lecoy (Photo courtesy Lattimer Gallery)Artist: Cody Lecoy (Photo courtesy Lattimer Gallery)

 Artist: Cody Lecoy (Photo courtesy Lattimer Gallery)Artist: Cody Lecoy (Photo courtesy Lattimer Gallery)

 Artist: KC Hall (Photo courtesy Lattimer Gallery)Artist: KC Hall (Photo courtesy Lattimer Gallery)

 Artist: Joe Descoteaux (Photo courtesy Lattimer Gallery)Artist: Joe Descoteaux (Photo courtesy Lattimer Gallery)

 Artist: Joe Campbell (Photo courtesy Lattimer Gallery)Artist: Joe Campbell (Photo courtesy Lattimer Gallery)

 Artist Jody Broomfield (Photo courtesy Lattimer Gallery)Artist Jody Broomfield (Photo courtesy Lattimer Gallery)

 Artist: James Michels (Photo courtesy Lattimer Gallery)Artist: James Michels (Photo courtesy Lattimer Gallery)

 Artist: Ian Reid (Photo courtesy Lattimer Gallery)Artist: Ian Reid (Photo courtesy Lattimer Gallery)

 Artist: Gerry Sheena (Photo courtesy Lattimer Gallery)Artist: Gerry Sheena (Photo courtesy Lattimer Gallery)

 Artist: Don Yeomans (Photo courtesy Lattimer Gallery)Artist: Don Yeomans (Photo courtesy Lattimer Gallery)

 Artist: Dean Hunt (Photo courtesy Lattimer Gallery)Artist: Dean Hunt (Photo courtesy Lattimer Gallery)

 Artist: Dean Heron (Photo courtesy Lattimer Gallery)Artist: Dean Heron (Photo courtesy Lattimer Gallery)

 Artist: Corrine Hunt (Photo courtesy Lattimer Gallery)Artist: Corrine Hunt (Photo courtesy Lattimer Gallery)

 Artist: Corey Bulpitt (Photo courtesy Lattimer Gallery)Artist: Corey Bulpitt (Photo courtesy Lattimer Gallery)

 Artist: Steve Smith (Photo courtesy Lattimer Gallery)Artist: Steve Smith (Photo courtesy Lattimer Gallery)

 Artist: Shawn Hunt (Photo courtesy Lattimer Gallery)Artist: Shawn Hunt (Photo courtesy Lattimer Gallery)

 Artist: Sharifa Marsden (Photo courtesy Lattimer Gallery)Artist: Sharifa Marsden (Photo courtesy Lattimer Gallery)

 Artist: Rod SmithArtist: Rod Smith

 Artist: Phil Gray (Photo courtesy Lattimer Gallery)Artist: Phil Gray (Photo courtesy Lattimer Gallery)

 Artist: Nathan Wilson (Photo courtesy Lattimer Gallery)Artist: Nathan Wilson (Photo courtesy Lattimer Gallery)

 Artist: Maynard Johnny Jr. (Photo courtesy Lattimer Gallery)Artist: Maynard Johnny Jr. (Photo courtesy Lattimer Gallery)

 Artist: Marcel Russ (Photo courtesy Lattimer Gallery)Artist: Marcel Russ (Photo courtesy Lattimer Gallery)