On Wednesday, October 3, local artists presented a check to Terry Ariano, Director of the Pawling Resource Center for $540 raised by the ArtEast Public Art Project. Artists painted and decorated antique milk cans that went on display at several of the ArtEast Open Studio Tour’s generous sponsors throughout the summer.
ArtEast is not only the area’s premier annual open studio tour but also a group of artists who support the community. By selling the colorful milk cans, the project helped support the efforts of the Pawling Resource Center. One milk can, “Charit-A-Bull” was raffled off during the Pawling Farmer’s Market summer Saturday events as well as at the Resource Center’s “Walk-A-Thon” on September 22.
“The artists love what they do and they enjoy sharing that passion with you,” said Ariano. “Their organization has a mission statement: ‘Cultivating an artist community that enriches our environment,’ which means that beyond their love of creating art, the group also looks for opportunities to use their art to help their community. If you can make the world a better place while you’re doing something you love, why wouldn’t you?”
You can see more of the ArtEast artists work during the Open Studio Tour on October 13 – 14 and 20 – 21. Visit ArtEastDutchess.com online for details, or pick up a tour brochure at merchants in the area.