After 30 years of framing and showcasing the talents of many local artists, Dave Poutré, proprietor of Beacon Hill’s popular Boston Art & Framing, will debut his own artwork with a wine-and-cheese reception at Boston Art & Framing, 100 Charles St., on Thursday, Oct. 29, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Dave will feature 30 small works in oil and gouache with a donation of 10 percent of sales from the event going to his favorite charity, Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
“I thought it was time to display some of my work, but to do so in a worthwhile manner by supporting an organization that grants the wishes of so many children in need,” Dave said.
Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island CEO Charlotte Beattie stated, “Support from our community is critical to our ability to give seriously ill children the hope, strength, and joy that comes from a wish fulfilled. We are incredibly grateful to David Poutré and Boston Art & Framing for the partnership in helping to fulfill children’s heartfelt wishes.”
Over this past summer, Dave spent hours – night and day – creating works from the beauty of nature and architecture that he found observing what many of us take for granted – the unique wonders of our own backyard. His renderings of rooftops, trees, sky and celestial bodies, including the recent blood moon, make for many striking pieces collectively called “Dave’s Summer Works.”
Born and raised near the Canadian border in Newport, Vt., Dave was inspired at an early age by the natural beauty of his surroundings, and knew that some day he would capture what he saw on canvas. His talent was realized in the United States Air Force, where he created promotional and educational training materials. Dave reminds us: “Those were the days before computers, when everything was drawn by hand.”
After serving in the Air Force, Dave decided to pursue his education as an artist, earning an associate’s degree at Victorville College in California and a degree in painting at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Mass.
Dave moved to the Boston area in 1982 and worked in advertising for a few years before branching out on his own to form Boston Art & Framing – combining his love of art with the way art is presented. For the past 30 years, he has been serving the Beacon Hill community with the perfect framing for just about anything. From the Old Masters, to children’s drawings, to sports jerseys, to (literally) the kitchen sink – Dave has framed it all. As he enjoys saying, “there’s no bad art, just good framing.”
Blackstone’s joins in, too!
Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill, 46 Charles St., will be joining Poutré in support of Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island with an after school activity for kids, on the same day from 3 to 5:30 p.m., called “Unleash Your Inner Artist.” For those familiar with the children’s’ book “The Day the Crayons Quit,” Blackstone’s will be promoting the newest book, “The Day the Crayons Came Home.” Children will have the opportunity to draw a picture during the event, at the Blackstone’s location, themed aroun
d Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Long known for its community support and philanthropic efforts, Blackstone’s will also be donating a portion of the day’s sales to the organization.
“We have been great friends and admirers of Dave for many years, and are pleased to help promote his art show and contribute to the charity that we both agree deserves our best efforts, “ said Blackstone’s owner Jennifer Hill.
For Boston Art & Framing information, contact Dave Poutré at 617-223-7263 or e-mail [email protected].
And for Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill information, contact Jennifer Hill at 617-227-4646 or e-mail [email protected].