Art sale features thrift store masterpieces

​​ House of Hope’s thrift store in Stuart hosted the agency’s first-ever after-hours art sale on Aug. 27 and raised thousands of dollars for House of Hope.  Sales of the artwork totaled $4,300, with $1,750 sold on the night of the event itself.

For months, staff and volunteers put aside treasures for the event, which featured about 200 items of framed art, sculptures and blown glass. There were new and vintage items, modern and traditional styles, local artists and more. Guests also enjoyed wine and cheese​ and punch and cookies.

Reed Hartman of Hartman Auction Group did a live auction of some special items. Volunteer Dan Charnas performed extensive research to identify and/or authenticate each piece of art.

The sale of the artwork directly benefits House of Hope, a Martin County agency that touches the lives of about 5,000 people per month. Services include food, clothing, furniture, financial assistance, information & referral, and case management services to guide people toward greater self-sufficiency.