Shade of Hope, a Live Paint Event Happening This Sunday, Raises Money for the Furniture Bank of Houston

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Shade of Hope happens July 18, 2010 from 9:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at The Furniture Bank of Houston (2100 Hussion Street). Original works created by Houston's best-known artists will be sold to raise money for the Furniture Bank of Houston.

"Community service not only enriches Houston, it enriches our corporate community," said Blinds.com CEO Jay Steinfeld.

This Sunday, July 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., come out to The Furniture Bank of Houston (2100 Hussion Street) to join Houston’s most talented and well-known artists as they gather together for Shade of Hope, a live paint event underwritten by Blinds.com and Bounce Energy. Shade of Hope will raise money and awareness for The Furniture Bank of Houston. At 9:30 a.m., artists will begin creating works of art before our eyes, using a variety of mediums. Live music will go on throughout the day and refreshments will be available. Notable names painting this week include Allen Brivic, Kenneth Pierson, Shirlette Thompson, Basya Grinshteim Benshushan, Shelley Shanks, Brian Hegvold, and Belinda Smith, to name a few.

The catch: each artist will be painting on a canvas roller shade instead of on a traditional canvas. After the event, the art shades will be placed in an online store, available for purchase. They will also be displayed and sold in a VIP gallery at the Furniture, Arts, and Décor Expo at the George R. Brown Convention Center, August 28-29. All proceeds from the sale of the shades will be donated directly to the Furniture Bank.

The community will also have an opportunity to try their hands at painting. Several shades will be set up at the venue so people attending the event can lend their artistic talents to these crowd-sourced shades. The community-painted shades will also be available for purchase online and in the VIP gallery.

There are over 80 Houston organizations that help less fortunate families obtain residences, but what happens once these families finally get their four walls? The Furniture Bank takes over where those organizations leave off, providing much-needed beds, tables, chairs, cutlery, linens and so much more to those in need. In other words, they turn houses into homes.

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