Goodwill Manasota and Art Center Sarasota partner for third annual MASHterpieces art exhibition

Popular event features second-hand art repurposed/restyled by 30 area artists; sales benefit both organizations

Published Thursday, February 18, 2016

MASHterpieces - RosesSARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – Goodwill Manasota has partnered with Art Center Sarasota for the third annual MASHterpieces art exhibition, featuring pieces donated to Goodwill Manasota, selected by 30 area artists and transformed into new works of art. The exhibit will run from March 17 – April 23 at Art Center Sarasota (707 N. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota), and proceeds from the sale of the pieces will benefit both organizations.

The opening reception – which will feature the popular “MASHed potato bar” – takes place on Thursday, April 7, 5-7pm at the Art Center. Free and open to the public.

“We are excited about continuing this partnership with Goodwill Manasota. Not only can our artists and local fans learn about Goodwill Manasota and what they do in the community, but fans of Goodwill are exposed to the Art Center. It’s a win-win,” said Art Center executive director Lisa Berger. “This is one of our most exciting exhibitions of the year. Our visitors look forward to seeing what the artists have created from the donated artwork. It’s a natural partnership working with Goodwill Manasota to show how you can be inspired to create new art by visiting a Goodwill store.”

Berger explained that while artists have been encouraged to be creative and go where their inspiration takes them, they are asked to try and maintain the basic integrity of the original piece. She reported that the participating artists have had a blast transforming their chosen pieces into something new.

“Goodwill has been a pioneer of reduce, reuse, recycle movement – the MASHterpieces art exhibit aligns with our green operations beautifully. Our entire business model has been built on the idea that one person’s trash can be another person’s treasure; when a community member donates their unwanted goods and others buy those goods at one of our stores, we take the resulting revenue and invest it back into the community in the form of job training, career counseling and programs and services to benefit individuals with disabilities, veterans and at-risk youth,” said Goodwill Manasota Foundation vice president Veronica Brandon Miller. “This partnership with the Art Center has been fun and financially beneficial, and supports our mission to move toward zero waste.”

During the 2015 MASHterpieces exhibit, artwork was priced between $100-$2,000. For more information, please call Goodwill at (941) 355-2721 or the Art Center at (941) 365-2032.

About Goodwill Manasota

Goodwill Manasota is an industry-leading, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization that changes lives through the power of work. With the sales of donated goods and philanthropic donations, Goodwill is able to assist people with disabilities and other barriers to employment by providing job skills training and employment opportunities. In 2015, Goodwill Manasota served 22,739 people, placed 961 people in jobs and assisted 358 veterans as they reintegrated back into the civilian workforce. Goodwill Manasota’s economic impact back to the community is worth $81.3 million. Goodwill is one of the pioneers of the reduce-reuse-recycle movement and this past year diverted 41 million pounds out of the landfill. We accomplish our mission through a network of Good Neighbor Centers in Sarasota, Manatee, Hardee and DeSoto counties and our Mission Development Services (MDS) around North America. Goodwill Manasota is accountable to a local Board of Directors. Goodwill Manasota in essence belongs to this community, and is not owned by any individual or company. For more information, visit www.experiencegoodwill.org.