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Painting for Purpose Auction Helps PPS Students Help Others

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Painting for Purpose Auction Helps PPS Students Help Others
Posted on 10/31/2016
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The Painting for a Purpose annual fall auction will take place on Thursday, Nov. 3, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at DiMillo’s Floating Restaurant in Portland. Proceeds from the auction, which will feature the work of more than 40 local artists, go toward service learning grants for students in the Portland Public Schools.

Painting for a Purpose (PFP), is a local nonprofit organization that 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.

An example of a project funded by PFP is a pollinator garden that students from The Environmental Club at Deering High School created a few months ago to help honeybees. The students learned about the decimation of the bee population and all of the contributing factors to the bee’s plight.

One significant factor, they learned, is the loss of habitat as bees have less and less available places to gather their pollen and build hives. The environmental group developed a plan to create a pollinator garden right on the DHS campus.

Club members Julia Lancia, Peter Jordan, Roman Anderson, Ahmed Hameed and Joel Kahn consulted an expert on local permaculture to help them develop a plan that would insure a sustainable pollinator garden for years to come.  And they successfully applied to PFP to receive a $500 grant to buy such things as plants, compost and mulch for the garden.

At this year’s annual auction, the theme is “Fabulous Fish and Sensational Salad Bowls.” The artists, who include Portland Public Schools’ teachers, have created one-of-a-kind painted salad bowls and wooden fish, along with other original art.

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.

PFP was founded by Tina Clark Edwards and Jane Ellis. 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/