Art for a Purpose, a Midge Smith Fine Art Gallery in Lewes, sold a number of works over the past year, generating funds that have provided aid to 10 nonprofit organizations. Most of these are local and include Beebe Medical Foundation, Lewes Historical Society, Sussex Academy Foundation, Rehoboth Art League, Rehoboth Beach Film Society and Rehoboth Beach Historical Society. Others benefitting were the Delaware Housing Coalition in Dover, the National Philharmonic in Maryland, and World Savvy of Minnesota. One of the works that sold was an original oil by Haitian artist Préfète Duffaut, who died in 2012.
The public is invited to a reception from 4 to 6 p.m., Saturday, June 28, at 102 Savannah Road, Suite A, in Lewes, hosted by Ocean Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty, which generously donates its entire office for the display of gallery art. In addition to the donors’ recommended nonprofits receiving benefit from the sales, for this reception, 10 percent of each purchase price will go to the charity of the purchaser’s choosing.
Art for a Purpose opened its doors in Lewes in October 2011 with the unique mission of bringing art and philanthropy together. The tax-exempt organization accepts works of art from donors, sells them, and distributes proceeds of the sales to charitable organizations recommended by donors.
Donations have come from art collectors in six states, providing an eclectic assortment of all different types of media done by local and international artists, including original signed etchings by Dali, signed bronze sculptures by Erté and Jiang, oils, watercolors, hand-colored original stone lithograph by Brazilian Guilherme de Faria, and many more on a large variety of subjects, and priced to fit all income levels.
Now is the time to get a great piece of art at a terrific price; some pieces have been reduced by more than 80 percent.
Join Smith at the reception June 28 or come for a self-guided tour at any time. The Ocean Atlantic Sotheby’s office is open 9 a.m to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday.