By Sarrah Peters, News Editor
Yesterday, Aug. 25, The Love Center held its Art for a Purpose fundraiser. The silent art auction was made possible through the generous donations of art from the community.
“We solicited art from the community,” said Love Center board member Andy Powell. “We said that most people had a nice print or painting that was on their wall, and then they changed the decor, and now it’s sitting in the closet and you stumble over it twice a year.”
The community donated 150 to 200 pieces. Now the Love Center has leftover art from the event.
“People responded very well, and we have some nice pieces,” said Powell. “Some local artists donated.”
The Love Center is passing the opportunity to buy the artwork to the community with a Pop-Up “Pay What You Want” Art Sale. The sale will take place in the plaza next to Blackstone Pub and Eatery, who donated the space, during First Friday on September 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. Art will be sold on a first come, first served basis.
“Folks who didn’t have a chance to go to Art for a Purpose, can come to this,” said Powell.
The sale will also give to a good cause. All the proceeds benefit the Love Center, a shelter that provides temporary housing and food to those persons in dire need.
“The community gets a good bargain, and we make a little money,” said Powell. “It’s a win-win situation.”
The new Love Center board has been working to provide the shelter with the funds to keep it running.
“The new board is trying to be more energetic,”said Powell.
Powell said that the money from Art for a Purpose and this sale will help pay the shelter’s monthly bills. The shelter is also in the process of applying for government funded grants.
For more information about the Love Center or to donate, call 256-546-8831 or visit the Love Center Gadsden page on Facebook.