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Auction Will Raise Money for Portland Youth Service Projects
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Hand-painted chairs and other whimsical furniture will be sold at an auction on November 13 to raise money for community service projects planned by students in the Portland Public Schools.  The auction will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Rines Auditorium at the Portland Public Library’s main branch on Congress Street.  Admission is $10 per person and $25 for a family. 

The auction will feature one-of-a-kind pieces made by Painting for a Purpose, a group of women who have combined their love of painting with their interest in supporting education and empowering young people to make a difference.

Additional auction items will be donated by local artists, including David Marshall and a group of artists from the Constellation Gallery, Alex Rheault, Nanette Tanner, Diane Manzi, Portland Superintendent James C. Morse, Sr. and students in art classes at Portland Arts and Technology High School (PATHS), Deering, and Portland High School.  Students in the PATHS fashion marketing program will help market the event. 

The auction will feature about 50 chairs and other hand-painted wooden items.  Rob Elowitch of Barridoff Gallery will be the auctioneer in the live chair auction and other pieces will be sold in a silent auction.  Refreshments will be served. 

Tickets are available in advance from Jane Ellis by calling 934-3616 or by e-mailing  Tickets also will be sold at the door. 

Proceeds from the auction will fund mini-grants for student projects that will benefit the community.  Students can apply for the first round of grants until November 15.  A team of adults and young people will review the proposals, and awards of up to $500 will be made in December. 

Painting for a Purpose formed in 2009, when a group of educators began gathering weekly at a Falmouth home to paint furniture.  While they enjoyed the camaraderie and community of painting together, they also wanted their painting to serve a greater purpose.  They came up with the idea of selling their work to raise money for youth-led projects, and they received a $2,025 grant from the Maine Community Foundation to support the effort. 

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