A Show of HANDS: Artwork auction benefits older adults

Courtesy photo
Kathleen Grant, artist

The seventh annual “A Show of HANDS” features 100 decorated wooden hands adorning the walls at Penny Cluse Café during the month of March. A silent auction of the hands takes place Thursday, Mar. 28, 6 to 8 p.m. The event benefits HANDS, a local nonprofit that provides food for older adults.

The HANDS artwork on display has been crafted expressly for the fundraiser by both amateur and professional artists. Each worked on similar hand-shaped wooden templates, expressing themselves in unique and thoughtful ways. Shelburne artists who have contributed their own HAND artwork include Kathleen Grant, Lisa Kent, and Samantha Handler.

Though the visual arts are a compelling way to draw the public in, the real mission of each artistic hand is to help seniors in the community.

“Money raised from this art auction will go directly toward our summer gardening programs at long-term nursing centers, senior housing, and community garden sites,” said Megan Humphrey, founder of HANDS.

In addition, the nonprofit serves seniors throughout Chittenden County a non-denominational holiday meal. Meeting the initiative of the nonprofit’s moniker, “Helping and Nurturing Diverse Seniors,” HANDS also provides nutritional education and gardening sites for veterans.

The artwork can be viewed at 169 Cherry St., Burlington, weekdays 6:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. and weekends 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit www.handsvt.org.

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