IHuman, the Edmonton agency that helps inner-city youth, is the beneficiary of a donation from the city’s oldest framing shop which is closing next week.
Phyllis and John Johnson, the owners of Framecraft, are retiring after 45 years in business.
They have decided to donate their remaining inventory to iHuman’s new art studio, a decision that happened by chance.
“Well there was a man walked in one day named Steven and told us what was happening about all these street children,” Phyllis Johnson said.
“And that was just a miracle because we didn't know what we were going to do with all that.”
The man Johnson met was Steven Csorba, an artist and volunteer at iHuman. Csorba is excited by the Johnsons’ generosity.
“They aren’t really winding things down, they’re starting something new,” Csorba said.
“It's an incredible thing that's happened, like with the circle of life.”
The storage units, matte boards and frames will help iHuman’s young artists create and save their projects, he said.
“Having these kinds of storage units that help organize the paintings that they do, the supplies that they use, is a big thing,” he said. “Because a lot of the youth that come to iHuman have other challenges.”
The Johnsons admit it’s hard to close their business after 45 years, but knowing they are helping young artists makes the transition easier