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We Commissioned Art to Help Restaurant's for sale!

We Commissioned Art to Help Restaurant's for sale!

The first week of the pandemic and shut down were a chaotic scramble to figure out how to respond. I am very fortunate that my business is not customer facing. I had hard decisions to make but nothing like what many businesses I supply wine had to deal with. I was looking for anyway I could help people who were hurting more than me and a friend on social media suggested buying art to support artists and the arts community that is such an important part of Maine and Portland. 

So I put up some posts seeking an artist to commission to make a piece of work referencing and documenting the shock of the Pandemic. I was vaguely guided by the idea of the Works Project Administration during the Great Depression. Ryan Adams was one of the first artists I gravitated to and he asked me what other artists I was commissioning. the thought of commissioning other artists hadn't occurred to me but immediately I loved the idea of getting multiple artistic expressions and perspectives, so I expanded from one artist to 4.  

As I spoke to more artists and my excitement around the project grew and I started to wish that the art could go somewhere and more people could interact with it. 


So that's what I did. I commissioned art from Ryan Adams ,Kimberly Convery, Emma Lucille, and Hannah Hirsch. It took several months to get all the pieces of art together and then for the print shop to sort out how to print them. 

Each shirt is $29 including shipping. I chose the Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation Covid-19 Relief fund as the beneficiary of all the profits.
Orders close July 3rd and shirts will print and ship after that 

We've got a long road ahead of us to get to the other side of this but it makes me feel a little better to be doing something to help and that connects people.

Thank You


Ryan Adams

We Got This

Ryan is a talented muralist and graphic designer and I don't even know what else but he does work in other mediums!  

This shirt is $29 and includes free shipping within the continental United States.  

Last day for orders is July 3rd

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Kimberly Convery

Picking up the Pieces
I've known Kimberly since about when I moved to Portland and in good old Portland fashion we just keep crossing paths. She's made a name for herself with expressive detailed line drawings like this.

This shirt is $29 and includes free shipping within the continental United States.  

Last day for orders is July 3rd

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Emma Lucille

World Outside the Window

Emma is a professional artist but also recently worked at Salt Pine Social, so this was close to here heart. Although come to think of it probably most of the artists here have worked in Hospitality at some point. The industry is such a big part of Maine.

This shirt is $29 and includes free shipping within the continental United States.  

Last day for orders is July 3rd

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Hannah Hirsch

Connected Shapes

Hannah is an established artist based in Biddeford now. She also moonlights at Lorne Wine and Banded Horn. Hannah is known for strong shapes and bright colors. She tried to focus in on a slightly simpler less colorful design for this particular piece.

This shirt is $29 and includes free shipping within the continental United States.  

Last day for orders is July 3rd

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Furlani Rosato Alpino

I wrote about Matteo Furlani last week but I just drank this and well, it was very good. And I felt it would just be weird to do an email with no wine in it!  

Matteo's fizzy rose is a bottle fermented, non disgorged, rose made from 100% Pinot Noir. I love how you say 100% in Italian: it's cento percento. Matteo is way way up in the mountains and his winery looks down on the city of Trentino. That's high. The cold crisp alipne climate gives this wine focus and freshness that have to be tasted to be believed. It's a very lovely and alive wine. 

The aroma is rhubarb, pink grapefruit, strawberry, watermelon- and I mean like eating a slice of watermelon where you get a bit of the taste of the rind as well.  

The taste is electric and frothy and smooth all at once. Strawberry with some cooked rhubarb too. Fruity but fresh and dry and clean: it's alpine. Like picking strawberries right out of the bush and getting the smell of the plant as well.  

You can find this at Maine and Loire, Trillium, Burning Tree, Anju, Hunt & Alpine Vessel and Vine, and Solo Cucina (Solo Italiano's new SoPo outpost)

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