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Paint Jamaica to offset project costs with holiday auction

Published:Sunday | December 7, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Andrew Bruce of Paint Jamaica in front of one of the paintings done with Paint Jamaica and residents of Fleet Street in downtown Kingston. The projects are geared at engaging residents in South Side, central Kingston, in sustainable farming, furniture-making, and art.-Contributed Photo
Colours of inspiration and brush strokes of renewed hope ... volunteers of Paint Jamaica bring walls in Fleet Street, downtown Kingston, to life.
For more than a month, prior to taking brush to wall, the Paint Jamaica team had been talking with residents to understand their needs and aspirations.- Photos by Amitabh Sharma
Art has a singular language of love and the Paint Jamaica project aptly demonstrates it.
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Shereita Grizzle, Gleaner Writer

When they started in July 2014, their main aim was to establish a relationship among art, talent, and society, with the purpose of transforming the visual landscape of the environment, and that they did. The Paint Jamaica project has not only managed to transform areas of downtown Kingston that have been abandoned and forgotten by the wider society, but the project has also managed to affect the lives of countless individuals from these inner-city communities. Now, with the year drawing to a close, the project organisers are not only boasting of its success, but are also planning to continue the project in 2015.

FINANCIAL DIFFICULTY

However, despite its success, it has not always been smooth sailing for the Paint Jamaica team. Completely self-funded, the project has fallen on hard times in the past, and as the team has reported, had it not been for the support of a few organisations and individuals, the project may have ended before it even got the chance to get off the ground.

Now with plans to expand its scope in 2015, the organisers know that it will cost a pretty penny to continue the project and have already started to put plans in place to help offset the cost of major activities. One of their fundraising initiatives includes a holiday auction. The auction, which started on December 1, will run until Sunday, December 14, and will see art lovers placing bids for various pieces from the project's talented artists. According to the project's official Facebook page, all proceeds from the auction will go towards future Paint Jamaica projects.

Interested persons who wish to purchase an art piece can use the organisation's Facebook page to do so by placing a comment, with their bidding price below the image. If there are persons who do not wish to use that option, bids will be accepted via email to paintjamaica@gmail.com. The winning bids will be announced after the auction closes on December 14, after which all payments should be made to the organisation's crowd fund site.

Already, several pieces have attracted bids ranging from US$50 to US$300.

shereita.grizzle@gleanerjm.com