ArtLifting

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ArtLifting

Have you ever wanted to own beautiful original artwork? Do you visit galleries and think, some day?

Let’s play. Pretend you’re in the market for a piece of art. Do any of these strike your fancy?

A Mighty Tree Anthony Baldassari

A Mighty Tree by Anthony Baldassari

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Untitled 2 by Kimberly Williams

AllenChamberland_Harley Engine

Harley Engine by Allen Chamberland

Bourbon Street by Jim Waters

Bourbon Street by Jim Waters

Inspiration 15 by Douglas Pendelton

Inspiration 15 by Douglas Pendelton

Humility by Katie Hickey Schultz

Humility by Katie Hickey Schultz

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Bob Dylan by Jeff Powers

Bongo Sillouette by Kennedy Nganga

Bongo Sillouette by Kennedy Nganga

Scott Benner Untitled 22

Untitled 22 by Scott Benner

List prices for these run $400-$2400. Yes, I know. I’ll have to save up for one of these, too. Later on I’ll tell you why it’s worth it.*

If that price range just doesn’t work for your budget, what about a poster or a print of one of these? (16″ x 20″ poster, $30; 24″ x 30″, $45; art prints start at $75.)

Or what about one of these artsy tote bags for only $35?

Or an iPhone or Samsung case for $25?

Or some art cards for special occasions? (4″ x 6″, printed on linen paper.) The recipients would probably frame them. A pack of 5 is $25.

*You didn’t peek, did you? The reason why it would be SO worth it to buy this artwork is, these designs were created by artists who are homeless or disabled. They are trying to earn a living through art. This art could literally save their lives.

Liz Powers has worked with the homeless and disabled since she was in her teens. She ran art groups in women’s shelters, and was impressed with how beautifully the women expressed themselves through art. Her heart broke when she realized many of their creations were soon lost or thrown away.

If only others could see what these artists were capable of. Certainly, there is a market for their creativity.

Powers and her brother, Spencer, came up with the idea of opening a gallery in Boston, Massachusetts for artists who would have no access to a traditional gallery, and ArtLifting was born. They started with four artists; they now have sixty-seven. Five now have permanent addresses. All of the artists are either disabled (with conditions like paralysis, autism, post-traumatic stress disorder, bi-polar disorder, diminished eyesight) or are/have been homeless. One, while homeless, tried to sell her art from a blanket on the sidewalk. The artists are chosen on the basis of the quality of their work and whether they are a good fit for the program. They are paid 55% of the profit from their sales.

I first learned about ArtLifting from a segment on the Today show.

All the beautiful items in this article are available for sale through ArtLifting’s website. I’ve only shown a small sampling; visit the website to see the full inventory.

What a wonderful way to buy art and support an artist.

About Andrea R Huelsenbeck

Andrea R Huelsenbeck is a wife, a mother of five and a former elementary general music teacher. A freelance writer in the 1990s, her nonfiction articles and book reviews appeared in Raising Arizona Kids, Christian Library Journal, and other publications. She is currently working on a young adult mystical fantasy novel and a mystery.

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