DAREarts Human Spirit Collection
As we search for a new, public home for the collection, we welcome your ideas! Please call Founder, Marilyn Field at 1-888-540-2787.
This collection of crystal sculptures, given to DAREarts by artist Mark Raynes Roberts through an anonymous donor, represents universal human values that parallel Aboriginal teachings. These values allow DAREarts to inspire Canadian youth to better understand themselves and the world.
About the Artist:
Mark Raynes Roberts is recognized as one of the worlds leading designers and sculptors of crystal, whose art pieces have been presented to Heads of State, Royalty, and can be found in the private and corporate art collections around the world
In 1996, the Human Spirit Collection came into existence thanks to the generosity of two art benefactors, the late David Sheperd, former President, Corning Canada, and the late Monty Simmonds, an international real estate developer and former Chairman, Mount Sinai Hospital.
The 9-piece life values collection of works included Leap of Faith, Quest for Freedom, A Mother's Hope, Equilibrium, The Wave, Persistence, Touched by the Light, Voyage of Discovery and Eternity.
In 1997, the Human Spirit Collection was exhibited at the Glass Art Gallery, London, and at Montpelier Gallery, Stratford upon Avon, England.
In 1998, the Human Spirit Collection was exhibited at Asprey, New York, and Neiman Marcus in Atlanta and Chicago.
In 2001, the Human Spirit Collection was featured on TVO Studio 2 and CBC Radio "Sounds like Canada".
In 2003, the 9-piece crystal art collection was donated to the DAREart Foundation for Children with the assistance of the artist and long-time DAREarts supporter, the late Judith Teller.
In 2003, the artist was named a Champion Mentor of DAREarts, and has since provided many presentations and workshops to students across the Toronto GTA.
In 2004, the inaugural exhibition to unveil the DAREarts Human Spirit Collection was hosted by Tom and Sonja Bata at the Bata Shoe Museum.
In 2005, the Royal Winter Fair opened the "Spirit Garden," a special feature to showcase the art collection to over 30,000 visiting students from the Toronto GTA. The impact of the collection also translated into a new children's book being launched at the same event written by 15 year-old student writer, Caleigh Minshall, who was so inspired by the Human Spirit Collection that she wrote a children's book to accompany the sculptures called 'Blue - Voyage To The Sky'.
Since 2007, the DAREarts Human Spirit Collection has become part of the DAREarts Aboriginal First Roots program, to teach life values and the heritage of Webequie First Nations children in Northern Ontario, as the values represented by the sculptures are parallel to those of the teachings of the Seven Grandfathers. Each year when DAREarts visits a community, one of the values is chosen as a starting point for the participating children to tell their story and create a multimedia presentation which is viewed by their entire community at the end of the week-long session.
DAREarts is now seeking a permanent home for public exhibition of the DAREarts Human Spirit Collection to allow more Canadian students exposure to the life values collection.