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Art for a Purpose - Midge Smith Fine Art Gallery - is closing doors

Cape Gazette of Lewes, Delaware

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Art for a Purpose will close Tuesday, July 19, after five years of selling art and giving the sales proceeds to other nonprofits for their unrestricted use.

The gallery is a 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission has been to receive donated art and sell it for the benefit of other nonprofits. Since opening its doors Labor Day 2011, more than 300 art objects have come from donors in five states, and sales have generated funds for 23 charities in seven states, plus Washington, D.C., and most of these charities are right here in Sussex County.

With the gallery closing, there are many exciting art pieces, some already discounted 80-90 percent, that are further reduced for this closing time: an eclectic assortment of two-and three-dimensional contemporary art that includes collectables like Bragg and Erte and de Faria and Jiang (one among the 100 most popular artists in the world) and scenes from local artists like Steve Rogers and Victor Letonoff.

There is something to satisfy every taste and style: beautiful Japanese woodblock prints; tranquil seashore scenes of boats in and out of the water; male and female nudes; portraits - one from 1887, believed by the donor to be of Robert Louis Stevenson; folk art; ceramics; and more.

Purchasers can name their favorite charity to receive 20 percent of their sale, thus at least two charities will benefit from each sale - the one identified by the purchaser, and the one previously identified by the person who donated the art.

The gallery is located inside the Lewes office of Ocean Atlantic Sotheby's International Realty at 102 Savannah Road.

"We are so grateful for the full support of Kathleen Schell and the great folks at Ocean Atlantic Sotheby's International Realty," said Midge Smith, executive director.

"They have been continuous supporters of the gallery from the beginning, and the gallery would not have been open for the past four years were it not for Kathleen and her partner Justin Healy's willingness to make their entire office and board room available to showcase the gallery's art."

The public is invited to visit the gallery Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m., through July 19. And, join them for wine each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m., courtesy of Ocean Atlantic.

To learn more about the gallery, contact Smith at or 302-245-4528. For more information about Ocean Atlantic Sotheby's International Realty, phone 302-827-821 or go to

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Original Publication Date: July 8, 2016

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