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‘Cloths & Claws’ is theme of 2015 Painting for Purpose Auction

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‘Cloths & Claws’ is theme of 2015 Painting for Purpose Auction
Posted on 10/26/2015
This is the image for the news article titled ‘Cloths & Claws’ is theme of 2015 Painting for Purpose AuctionPainting for a Purpose will hold its annual auction on Thursday, Nov. 5, at DiMillo’s Floating Restaurant, located off Portland’s Commercial Street at 25 Long Wharf. Auctioned off at the 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. fundraising event will be one-of-a-kind art pieces from local artists that fit into this year’s theme of “cloths and claws.”

Also, as in years past, there will also be a silent auction with other original art and objects for the home. Painting for a Purpose uses all the proceeds from the yearly auction to fund community initiatives led by students in the Portland Public Schools.

This year, 20 artists are painting beautiful floor cloths for the auction and 20 artists are painting wooden lobsters.

The lobster design was donated by Andrew Cook of Lobstering Is An Art and the wooden lobster shapes were cut by Dave Lennox of Rockler Woodworking and Hardware.

Students from the Portland Arts and Technology High School (PATHS) woodworking course are creating Christmas ornaments of lobster claws and crabs for the auction.

Students from the Portland High School Key Club are putting auction posters up around town. Two PATHS teachers, Diane Manzi, commercial art instructor, and Jane Krasnow, fashion marketing instructor, are painting floor cloths.

The featured speakers at the auction will be two Lyman Moore Middle School students, Atak Natali and Divine Macibiri, who won a $500 Painting for a Purpose Grant this past school year. The money went to a project they initiated to revitalize the playground at the city-owned Front Street Housing complex where they and other students live to make it as clean and safe as possible for children.

During the month of October, Arabica Coffee Co. is displaying the artwork of Painting for a Purpose. At the company’s Commercial Street location, 27 hand-painted wooden lobsters are displayed, with 20 of them available for advance purchase. At the Free Street location, 16 floor cloths are being displayed.

During the 2014-2015 school year, in addition to helping improve a neighborhood playground, Painting for a Purpose awards helped underwrite student-managed food and clothing banks for their peers and an indoor greenhouse. They also helped support student and community awareness of human trafficking and the needs of a residential treatment program for human trafficking victims along with peer mentoring and international literacy, among other projects.

For more information, contact Tina Clark Edwards at tinacedwards@gmail.com or 865-3642 and visit Painting for a Purpose’s website www.paintingforapurpose.net

Floor cloth Diane Manzi Floor cloth Jane Krasnow
Painting for Purpose 2015 poster