Toronto artist raises funds for the Ottawa Hospital with new line of fine art masks
When Darlene Kulig lost her 23 year-old nephew to a rare and aggressive form of cancer, she started raising funds for research through The Craig Kulig Memorial Fund. With many fundraising initiatives cancelled due to the pandemic, Kulig decided to get into printing fine art masks, as “...a good way to help protect people and their families from Covid as well as honour Craig's memory by continuing to raise funds on behalf of The Ottawa Hospital,” she told Ottawa Life Magazine.
As a landscape artist, Kulig’s work features Canadian vistas and icons, which are now being printed on two-ply woven filter masks. One design, Dragonfly New Dawn, is particularly meaningful to the Kulig family. The original painting is based on a series of photographs from nature trails that Craig loved, and features the dragonfly as a symbol of metamorphosis.
“I hope that this mask reminds people of the importance of accepting change with strength and courage as a legacy to Craig while also supporting cancer research at the Ottawa Hospital,” says Craig’s father Bruce Kulig.