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Our Neighborhood Gallery auction to support food bank

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Local artist, Paul Maxwell, host of Our Neighborhood Gallery in Picacho Hills, will be auctioning the work on display curbside in front of his home. He said since it’s kind of a community project, the funds should go to the community.

After Maxwell and other Picacho Hills artists were forced to cancel an annual art event, he decided to expose his artwork to the public by displaying specially created paintings on his street for drive-by enjoyment.

Now the outdoor gallery, consisting of eight large paintings created by the artist during the pandemic, is part of a silent auction. The auction runs to the end of July and features original pieces as well as reproductions of paintings by Van Gogh and Monet. 

All proceeds of the auction will be donated to the road runner food bank of las cruces. 

“Friends, neighbors, residents from within and outside our area are invited to participate and bid on the paintings,” Maxwell said in a press release. “Bidding can be done in person, by email or by text.  A minimum opening bid of $200 is requested with minimum $10 over-bids asked on each piece.  Bids and over-bids will be shown on each painting at the Gallery as well as running tallies on my website (www.maxnewmexart.com). Bidders will also be notified by email or text as the bidding proceeds.”

Maxwell said he hopes all lovers of art will respond to this event and donate generously to help the less fortunate who need support during these difficult times. His goal is to raise at least $2,000 for the food bank.

Our Neighborhood Gallery is located at 6648 Vista Hermosa in Las Cruces.  Contact Maxwell at 915-276-3024 or pmaxwell@bnsl.org.