Bill Murray Art Show Benefits Billy Talent Drummer's MS Charity

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Pop culture visual artist Bowman has put together a Bill Murray-themed art exhibit to benefit F.U.MS, the youth-focused multiple sclerosis charity created by Billy Talent drummer Aaron Solowoniuk that raises money for the MS Society of Canada.

Bowman, whose given name is Trevor, also happens to be the multi-platinum-selling rock band’s full-time photographer and videographer and directs/edits their web series, BTV.

“I’m mainly trying to help make F.U.MS a full-time project for Aaron, here,” Bowman tells Samaritanmag. “I get to put on art shows and run around with my friends around the world. It’s the least I can do to help my pal.”

The Bill Murray Day Fan Art Show opens Thursday evening (Sept. 7) at Toronto’s #Hashtag Gallery and runs until Sept. 10.  Those wishing to make a purchase can see the work at today’s soft launch.

Bowman “started wrangling artists six months ago,” directing Kalman Andrasofszky, Stu Dead, D$, Raina Douris, Adrian Hayles, Paul McCue, Rachel Peabody, Janet Solowoniuk, and Eric Vedder to “pick their favour Murray moment/character” and create a piece of art. All are professional artists, except for Douris, the morning show host at CBC Radio 2.

“Some of the artists are my Sheridan [College] friends, some were in our first OUFAS (Officially Unofficial Fan Art Show). Some were last minute additions to cover artists dropping out. I actually have never met Rachel Peabody but she's perfect for this one,” he says.

Pieces start at $500 (plus tax) and 16x20 silk screened show posters are also available for $35 ($25 to FUM.S.).

Bowman just returned from Europe with Billy Talent. Solowoniuk was diagnosed with MS at the age of 24 and was playing with the band until early 2016 when he had to take a hiatus due to an MS flareup.

“I first met Aaron in grade 8 at a church Halloween party that I put on at St. Richards in Meadowvale,” Bowman recalls. “[Billy Talent guitarist Ian Dsa's school too]. We were in the top 3 costumes and he made his own Jason outfit. Met up with him in Grade 9 and the rest is history.”

Three years ago on Sept. 5, the Toronto International Film Festival declared it “Bill Murray Day.” The actor/comedian, whose résumé includes Meatballs, Caddyshack, Groundhog Day and Ghostbusters, was in Toronto for the world premiere of St. Vincent. With TIFF's blessing, Bowman says, the Officially Unofficial Fan Art Show plans on making The Bill Murray Day Fan Art Show an annual event.

#Hashtag Gallery is at 830 Dundas Street W. Gallery hours: Tues - Fri 4-10 p.m.; Sat & Sun 2-8 p.m.   Thursdays official opening is 7:30-11:30 p.m.

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