A North Vancouver artist with Down syndrome is calling on the community for a bit of help with an upcoming art display.
Aiden Fisher-Lang has been invited to his sixth art show next month at the Silk Purse Arts Centre in West Vancouver, and while he and his mother have organized everything in the past, this time round he is asking for donations via a Gofundme campaign to help make it a possibility.
“Up to now, my mom and I have struggled to organize my hundreds of pictures, find frames hither and yon, get cards made and put it all together on our kitchen table,” Fisher-Lang wrote on Gofundme.
“I need new frames for my new pictures, new art cards to sell and give away, new art supplies, and especially, a website so I can spread my colours to the whole world.”
Fisher-Lang uses watercolour, acrylic, and markers to create geometric patterns and stylized iconography that represents versions of his favourite locations and concepts like 'home' and ‘community.'
But, in his own words, he just loves to "make art that makes everyone feel happy.”
While he has Down syndrome, Fisher-Lang wants to make it clear that there’s a lot more to him than that.
“I have Down's syndrome but that's not who I am,” he explains on Gofundme.
“I am a 'UP' kind of guy, an outside person, a Special Olympics athlete, a gardener, an uncle and a regular happy guy who loves spending time with my family and friends.”
He says he is also raising money to help with a big lifestyle change.
“I have been living in North Vancouver my whole life but now I am moving to Glenora Farm, a place for people like me in Duncan, B.C.,” Fisher-Lang wrote.
“My fundraising is to help with all the costs of my move from here to there, to set up my new art studio and to do more art shows.”
Fisher-Lang says his dream is to make a living from his art and to help others enjoy being artists too.
Anyone who donates to the cause will also receive a pack art cards with Fisher-Lang’s designs, as a special thank you.