Office of Cultural Affairs Partners with Habitat for Humanity of NCC for Art Exhibit

Posted on  07/25/2013 11:40 am

Habitat for Humanity Art Loop

The Office of Cultural Affairs is partnering with Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County for a special exhibit in August at the Louis L. Redding City/County Building located at 800 N. French Street in Wilmington, Delaware. An opening reception for The Annabelle Project will be held on Friday, August 2 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. during Art on the Town, Wilmington’s monthly first Friday gallery tour.

The exhibit is comprised of artwork traditionally for sale at the ReStore, and will be available for purchase at the Redding Gallery through the month of August with all proceeds benefiting Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County. The ReStore, located at 3312 Seminole Drive in Wilmington, is a non-profit business venture supporting the community through the resale of new and used home improvement and renovation supplies.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to invest in original artwork at affordable prices while helping a great cause” said Jeni Barton, Curator of the Redding Gallery in the Louis L. Redding City/County Building.

The Annabelle Project started in 2010, when current board member Annabelle Kressman, asked friends who were downsizing to donate unwanted artwork to new Habitat homeowners. The request for donations spread quickly and many beautiful pieces of art began arriving daily at Habitat’s administrative office. Habitat homeowners were delighted to have such lovely pieces of art on display in their new homes.

The program also introduced many new people to Habitat’s work in New Castle County. The pieces that homeowners have not chosen are sent to Habitat’s ReStore and sold. The Annabelle Project has been a huge success. One exhibit in August will feature original pieces that have been donated to this program.

“The Annabelle Project is a new way for us to engage individuals in our work providing affordable housing for low-income families. Art donors are providing wonderful art options for our homeowners and a means to generate income for our homebuilding operations.” Kevin L. Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County.