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South Portland Housing Authority buys local artwork for new complex

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South Portland Housing Authority buys local artwork for new complex
South Portland Housing Authority buys local artwork for new complex

A painting by artist Marni Prince hangs in a typical location of Thornton Heights Commons in South Portland. The city’s housing authority not too long ago partnered with the Maine Art Collective to obtain original pieces, together with this portray, for its new elaborate. Picture by Jason Prince

An hard work to show original get the job done by area artists in community housing complexes is increasing.

The Maine Artwork Collective announced this thirty day period that South Portland Housing Authority ordered 15 parts of art from 8 artists to hold on the walls at Thornton Heights Commons, a new 42-device advanced on Key Avenue.

The collective, built up of much more than a dozen Larger Portland artists, 1st partnered with Local community Housing of Maine in January to supply first artwork for a pair of properties in Portland and Hallowell.

Since then, the collective has seemed for other associates and has observed the sector receptive.

“We experienced listened to about it, and then someone I made use of to get the job done with was a neighbor of a person of the collective leaders, so they pointed out it,” reported Brooks Extra, director of advancement for South Portland Housing. “It seemed like the excellent way to source art from regional artists and to be ready to do it in a type of one-stop-store way.”

“It’s unquestionably a premium, in contrast to heading to a retail outlet and getting a thing,” extra the housing authority’s government director, Mike Hurley. “But the feed-back from residents has been so optimistic. We’ve heard from lots of about how substantially homier it feels now that this art is on the partitions.”

Marni Prince, a person of the collective’s founders, explained the partnerships have been huge for the artists, who are not represented by galleries and who have minimal alternatives to showcase their perform to buyers.

“And for the housing developers, what I typically listen to is that they acquire a vacation to Household Products or come across one particular artist and then obtain multiple prints or shots,” she claimed. “So, this is a enormous draw. They are supporting the nearby neighborhood and bringing in do the job from a various group of artists.”

In some situations, the housing authority purchased presently finished work. In other people, artists made parts specially for the space.

Prince’s spouse, Jason Prince, also a collective member, was between those whose perform bought – two images printed on aluminum.

“It feels like an untapped sector,” he mentioned. “If a business went to a gallery, they’d be shelling out five times as considerably. But there are so numerous actually proficient artists that may possibly not have avenues available to get their get the job done out.”

Marni Prince claimed the collective is in conversations with other home builders.

Hurley also explained South Portland Housing would take into consideration buying from Maine Artwork Collective in the potential, such as for existing buildings that are missing decorations in frequent places.


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