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PPS Teachers' Artwork in Painting for a Purpose Annual Auction

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PPS Teachers' Artwork in Painting for a Purpose Annual Auction
Posted on 10/19/2017
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Portland Public Schools’ art teachers are among the more than 30 local artists whose whimsical artwork will be auctioned off at the Painting for a Purpose annual fall auction on Nov. 2. Some of the artists’ work – in the form of colorful hand-painted wooden trays – can be seen on display at Arabica Coffee’s Free Street Café in Portland this month.

Proceeds from the Painting for a Purpose (PFP) “Artful Annual Auction,” on Thursday, Nov. 2, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at DiMillo’s Floating Restaurant in Portland, will go toward PFP’s 2017-2018 service learning grants for students in the Portland Public Schools.

There will be a live and silent auction of hand-painted trays and other whimsical, decorative items by local artists. Delicious appetizers and a cash bar also are featured. Tickets are $10 for individuals and $25 for families.

Participating artists this year include PPS art teachers Allison Villani, Kathryn Robertson, Mary Wellehan, Diane Manzi and Jill Irving, who all painted trays.

Painting For A Purpose celebrates the power of art to bring people together and the power of young people to improve their schools and communities. PFP does this by encouraging the civic engagement of young people and supporting them in putting their good ideas into action.  PFP offers grants of up to $500 to K-12 students in the Portland Public Schools. All grants must be youth-led service learning grants and written by students. The funding from last year’s auction supported 12 projects by PPS students.

PFP’s other goal is to create a strong community of painters to share the camaraderie and fun of painting together and to have their painting serve a greater purpose. For more information, go to www.paintingforapurpose.net

PHOTOS: The flowered tray above was painted by Diane Manzi, PATHS commercial art instructor. Alison Villani, art teacher at Reiche Community School, painted the colorful monkey tray below.

Allison Villani artwork