More than three dozen pieces of art and services are going to the highest bidder as an online art auction aims to increase the hours of respite care available through the North Bay Alzheimer Society.

Bids are being accepted until September 21 but many of the works will be featured at a sold-out music, art and stand-up comedy event at the Grande Event Centre Friday night.

Special guest at the Look, Listen and Laugh (Because Dementia Sucks) event is Bob Wood, Nipissing MP for 16 years beginning in 1988, who was recently diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer’s Disease.

Air-brush artist Jeff Marceau will donate his talents at Look, Listen and Laugh (Because Dementia Sucks). Photo supplied

Art contributors include some of the area’s best, including award-winning clay poet Keith Campbell, respected teacher and internationally-known painter David Carlin, Heritage Carousel designer Edna Scott and Pat Stamp, who operated the popular Ash Creek Pottery Studio in Callander for decades.

Jeff Marceau, an air-brush muralist, will be creating a donation live in the banquet room, with the image of an elephant chosen as a subject because the memory-famous elephant is often associated with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Also donating works are emerging artists such as pencil sketcher Miranda Prior of Powassan and new North Bay resident Pauline Sutherland, from Fort Albany First Nation.

Johnny and Kelsey will close out the Look, Listen and Laugh (Because Dementia Sucks) fundraiser. Photo supplied

Jurgen Mohr offered an original work in the league of pieces in the top collections, Midge Ravensdale gave two originals, an ink and watercolour, both worthy of top-line framing, and piano teacher Christine Fortin chipped in an eight-lesson package. Mary Jowsey, the oldest of the artists participating at 95 years old, also donated a work.

The event coincides with the tail end of the Canadian Association of Stand-up Canadians’ first national awareness week as it lobbies for federal recognition as an art to access funding available to other recognized performance artists and lands at the beginning of the Alzheimer Society’s Coffee Break campaign to raise awareness and encourage businesses and organizations to hold their own fundraising gatherings.

Straight donations can be made to the North Bay Alzheimer Society at the event by cheque or online here with full charitable receipt available.

Dale can be reached via email at davedale@bell.net or call and text (705) 498-2050.r