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Painting for a Purpose Auction Set for Nov. 3

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Painting for a Purpose Auction Set for Nov. 3
Posted on 10/18/2016
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Portland Public Schools’ teachers are among the more than 40 local artists whose artwork will be auctioned off at the Painting for a Purpose annual fall auction on Nov. 3. Some of the artists’ work – in the form of whimsical, colorfully hand-painted wooden fish – can be seen on display before the auction at Arabica Coffee’s Free Street Café in Portland this month.

Proceeds from the Painting for a Purpose (PFP) Nov. 3 auction, which will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at DiMillo’s Floating Restaurant in Portland, will go toward PFP’s 2016-2017 service learning grants for students in the Portland Public Schools.

This year, the theme of the auction is “Fabulous Fish and Sensational Salad Bowls.” The artists have created one-of-a-kind painted salad bowls and wooden fish, along with other original art. Some of the fish are picket fence fish with the fencing donated by MaineLine Fence.

Participating artists this year include Mary Wellehan, art teacher at King Middle School; Peg Richard, art teacher at Casco Bay High School; Ellen Handelman, art teacher at Lyseth Elementary School; Audrey Rolfe and Kathryn Robertson, art teachers at Deering High School; Barbara Loring, art teacher at Portland High School; Allison Villani, art teacher at Reiche Community School; and three teachers at the Portland Regional Arts and Technology High School (PATHS): Diane Manzi, PATHS commercial art instructor; Jane Krasnow, fashion marketing instructor; and Jill Irving, woodworking instructor.

In addition, students in Irving’s woodworking class at PATHS created wooden dog bone ornaments for sale at the auction and the students in Manzi’s commercial art class are painting them.

Painting for a Purpose brings together artists, parents, students and educators to create and sell original art and objects for the home, many refurbished out of old furniture. All proceeds are invested in community initiatives that students propose and complete.

2015-2016 PFP grant awards to Portland Public Schools’ students funded mindfulness and meditation training for high school students; the planting of fruit trees; an elementary school “buddy” program; an endangered species art book; a climate change workshop; an art cart; a self-defense class for young women; and a bee awareness garden project.

“Through art, we are able to fund some exceptional youth-led initiatives that benefit our community,” said Tina Clark Edwards, who co-founded Painting for a Purpose with Jane Ellis. “Students bring their own creative spirit and positive energy to improve their schools, neighborhoods and lives.”

Edwards was a long-time consultant with Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound in the Portland schools and the statewide Kids Consortium. Ellis taught middle school health for many years, capping her career as director of Portland High School’s Mentoring Alliance.

After retiring, the two began painting and selling old chairs to fund student grants for elementary, middle and high school students, recruiting local artists to help. Many gather on Wednesday mornings in a classroom studio at Portland High School to paint together and create products. In years past, wooden wall clocks, mirrors, lobsters and other items have helped raise about $10,000 a year for the student grants program.

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

PHOTO CAPTIONs: The theme of this year’s Painting for a Purpose auction is “Fabulous Fish and Sensational Salad Bowls.” Pictured above is a fish created by Diane Manzi, PATHS commercial art instructor.
Pictured below are: a purple and yellow salad bowl by Ellen Handelman, art teacher at Lyseth Elementary School; a fish by Jane Krasnow, PATHS fashion marketing instructor; and a green salad bowl by Jill Irving, PATHS woodworking instructor.

PFP Ellen Handelman PFP Jane Krasnow PFP Jill Irving