RAMP Hosts 8th Annual Art Raffle

The 8th Annual Art Raffle hosted by the Rockingham Arts and Museum Project (RAMP) will be held on Sunday, November 8 starting at 3 p.m. in the lobby of the Hotel Windham on The Square in downtown Bellows Falls.

The raffle offers an opportunity to win original artwork, meet artists, fellow art lovers, have some great food and support RAMP.

Over 50 regional artists have donated works. Images of the donated works are posted on the RAMP website: www.ramp-vt.org. A $25 ticket can lead to winning one of approximately 60 pieces of art valued in the hundreds, even thousands of dollars.

RAMP was created in 1995 to convey an important message: artists and the arts are essential to the revitalization and sustainability of rural communities. To this end, RAMP focuses on the importance of developing affordable live/work spaces, hosting quarterly regional Artist Town Meetings that bring artists, artisans and local food growers together as a constituency, supporting public art initiatives and participating on a variety of boards of directors in order to make sure the arts are represented and involved in policy making.

RAMP's founding director, Robert McBride whose journey brought him from San Francisco, through New York City where he lived for twenty-five years, and was a founding member of PS122 an alternate art space on the Lower East Side. In the early 1980's Robert purchased a house in Bellows Falls and by the the mid 1990's moved there full time.

The donated paintings, photographs, ceramics, drawings and sculpture will be on display in the lobby of the Hotel Windham, Thursday November 5 through the day of the raffle November 8 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tickets are $25 each or five for $100. Artists, it is not too late to donate work. Call RAMP at463-3252 for details.

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