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Art show to benefit YarmouthCAN charitable group

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Art show to benefit YarmouthCAN charitable group

YARMOUTH — Three Maine artists will donate proceeds from their art show to YarmouthCAN, a newly formed community group that supports families and individuals with food, clothing, transportation and heating needs.

Local artist Alice W. Ingraham and two of her friends, artists Carolyn Walton and Kathleen Walsh Buchanan, will show their work this Sunday, Aug. 23 at Ingraham's studio – the Moxie Studio and Gallery on Cousins Island.

Ingraham said while this is the eighth annual Moxie Studio and Gallery show, it's the first time she has donated a portion of the proceeds to a local charity.

"This is a new idea for me," she said. "But it feels right to help a charity given the current economic situation."

Ingraham moved to Yarmouth two years ago from Friendship Island, where she lived for 20 years. Now, living closer to her family, she has transformed her Cousins Island barn into the second Moxie Studio and Gallery.

Julie Martin of YarmouthCAN, said she was surprised and pleased to hear Ingraham wanted to donate proceeds of her show to the organization. 

"Alice and the two artists showing their work with her are phenomenal," she said. "I am so honored they chose YarmouthCAN as an organization to support."

Buchanan, a guest artist for the show, is a collagraph printmaker and uses
her background as a wildlife biologist as inspiration for her work. She
is located in Thomaston and met Ingraham at a Portland sidewalk show
last year. Her prints include landscapes, seascapes and scenes of
animals.

"This charity is a good fit for us," she said. "I like to be involved and give to charities in local areas."  

Walton, an artist living in Freeport, paints in oils and is known for her en plein air work depicting farmland and the coast.

She said she met Ingraham a few years ago and they quickly became good friends.

"It's fun to help a smaller organization that may not otherwise get a lot of financial help and donations," she said. "There will be a wide range of artwork and prices for people to choose from."

People can purchase prints and smaller items as well as more substantial pieces, she said. 

Currently, YarmouthCAN is in the final stages of becoming a nonprofit organization, Martin said, and has started to form subcommittees to better assess the needs of the community.

Among their list of goals, Martin said YarmouthCAN hopes to establish a transportation service for the elderly, a fuel assistance fund, a holiday gift fund and continual food donations for those in need.

"I feel we have really hit a nerve," Martin said. "We are here to help, and are not going away." 

Martin said the organization also has a presence on Facebook, and people can become fans and find out more about the group online.

Ingraham said when she moved to Yarmouth she began looking for a local charity to give to, but did not want to join a committee or attend numerous meetings. 

"Donating 15 percent of the proceeds of this show is a way for me to help," she said. "It is something I want to continue. I really like this idea."

The show will be Sunday, Aug. 23 from 3:30 p.m. to 8 :30 p.m. at 3 Atlantic Reach off Sea Meadows Road and can be found by following the balloons after crossing the Cousins Island bridge.

Amy Anderson can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or aanderson@theforecaster.net