"ARTISTS HONORING COMMUNITY" Charity benefit for The Canadian Cancer Society,
held in the Whaling Wall Building in White Rock, B.C. 2006
UTE STEIN, Student, North Vancouver, B.C. January 27, 2001
"I would like to attest to the fine character of Laara WilliamSen.
I have known Laara in the capacity of art teacher since early 1992. Over the years a close friendship between us has also developed.
Laara WilliamSen has awakened the artist within me. She has instilled confidence of self-expression. Her guidance has allowed me to develop myself artistically and emotionally. I have had numerous exhibitions; published my art in books; won competitions and awards; and I have sold paintings in Canada, USA, France and Germany.
Laara is an accomplished artist and art educator. I value her wisdom and sensibilities. Whatever she plans to undertake I support because she will put her heart and soul into the endeavor and she will succeed."
GE0FF REES, International Painter and past Educator at Emily Carr College of Art and Design, Vancouver, B.C. May 15, 1991
"I am impressed with the thoughtfulness and thoroughness the material (art course outlines) has been given. This same thoughtfulness and thoroughness is characteristic of Ms. WilliamSen herself and is the evidence of her qualifications to direct an art school. What is also provided for that is critical to the success....is the development of individuals within a prescribed curriculum....this proposed school (The Laara WilliamSen School of Art) is designed, in its declared intent, to initiate and foster creative growth. I believe it will."
RUTH McLEOD, Sculptor, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., A.O.C.A., April 1991
"Her (WilliamSen's) many years of exploration and sharing of her insights with her students has both informed and directed her proposal. (for The Laara WilliamSen School of Art) She has a sure and clear grasp of the elements of art instruction and practice. I am also pleased with the inclusion of the "foundations course" (including Time Management for Artists and Contemporary Art) that will better prepare students for the art world....."
JENNIFER SMITH, Student, Vancouver, B.C. August 1989
"Everything ties together. I appreciated most the attention. The knowledge that was shared. The ability to trust each other and become fast friends. The humor. I will definitely remember this the rest of my life. It has made a big difference and will be very valuable. Everyone should take a course like this one!"
YUMI YOKOTA, Student, Vancouver, B.C. August 1989
"The interest in each person was high in quality. I, in any case, felt special. A great reinforcement for me. The organization of the written material was great and important for me as I didn't have to divert energy in writing down while listening."
VANCOUVER SUN NEWSPAPER,Vancouver, B.C. May 1988
"...Her (WilliamSen's) is now vibrant, energetic and celebratory. WilliamSen says, 'art is a safe place to say what needs to be said without words....a creative way to emotional healing.'"
THE COLUMBIAN NEWSPAPER,New Westminster, B.C. October 1982
"WilliamSen brings a wealth of experience and talent to her students. Her art programs aid in (students) development."
EASY LIVING MAGAZINE, Richmond, B.C. January 1981
"She (WilliamSen) does not influence their (students) ideas, but instead helps them say what they want to through their art work."
PEACE ARCH HOSPITAL FOUNDATION, White Rock, B.C. May 25, 2006
"...thank you for your donation (from an art event)...your generosity is truly appreciated and is a heartwarming reminder of the caring spirit of our community."
THE CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY, Surrey, B.C. June 7, 2006
"...our sincere thanks for your generous support in hosting the "Artists Honoring the Community Art Show."
B.C. CHILDRENS HOSPITAL FOUNDATION, Vancouver, B.C. June 24, 2005
"Thanks to your generous contribution of $400.00 (raised by auctioning a painting created together by Wendy Blackshaw and Laara WilliamSen), you are making a lasting difference in the lives of sick and injured children in B.C.....thanks for caring for our children and their future."
CANADIAN IMPERIAL BANK OF COMMERCE, CIBC, Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver, B.C. August 6, 1992
"It has indeed been a pleasure to display the paintings of the talented artists from the Laara WilliamSen School of Art. The Rites of Nature - Springtime Exhibition has been viewed by many people from all walks of life. We have received many enthusiastic comments about all of the paintings.....the exhibition has given the CIBC the opportunity to participate in an exciting and rewarding community event."