As Fenway Park prepares for its 100th anniversary next month, one local street artist is celebrating the milestone by raising money for artists with physical or developmental disabilities.
Dante Gandini, whose painting “Dante’s Fenway” hangs on the wall of Brookline Avenue’s Mercantile Bank, has made limited-edition signed prints of his Fenway Park painting to sell through Northeast Arc, a non-profit group that offers family, residential, and vocational support to people with disabilities and their families.
Part of the proceeds will benefit the organization’s ArcWorks program that helps individuals discover talents and express themselves through art.
“I can remember going to Fenway Park as a child some 50 years ago, and it was an image that was always in my memory. Now I get to share it with everyone,” Gandini said in a statement.
Gandini painted his vibrant Fenway Park piece at St. Francis House in Boston. It is one of more than 20 paintings created by artists living in area shelters commissioned by Mercantile Bank. The paintings now hang on the office walls of its Fenway location.
“We are honored to have Dante’s original as part of our collection, and to now to make it available for everyone to enjoy,” Joseph Nicotera, the bank’s senior vice president, said in a statement.
“Everyday our customers stop and comment on it,” said Nicotera, whose office wall hosts the original painting.
The signed prints can be purchased by contacting Suzanne Ryan, the director of Volunteer Services at Northeast Arc at 978.624.2318 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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