July is for Patriotism, and for Giving Back, Says Artist

July is shaping up to be a charitable month for Maura McGurk; she will donate 10% of proceeds from her art exhibition about anti-gay bullying to The It Gets Better Project, and donate an original artwork which will be auctioned off in support of the New Bedford Art Museum.

It Gets Better will promote McGurk’s solo exhibition, which will take place at the Wauregan Gallery in Norwich, CT, with an opening reception during Norwich’s monthly First Friday celebration, on July 1. The artworks on display will take a stand against gay bullying by presenting McGurk’s thoughtful yet colorful take on teenaged suicides due to bullying.

“As we think about how to be patriotic during July, let’s remember that there’s nothing more American or patriotic than supporting our kids,” McGurk said. “Having this conversation [about bullying] is saving lives, and The It Gets Better Project is saving lives”.

Works for sale will include framed paintings on paper, paintings on wood panels, and an art installation which will be sold off piece by piece.

McGurk’s other charitable focus during July is a donation of artwork to an art auction in support of the New Bedford Art Museum. The theme for the artwork is New Bedford/Southcoast Through the Lens.

“I donated a little painting of a bird last year, and I have a special place in my heart for the New Bedford Art Museum. I lived down the street while I was in grad school, and liked to walk over there to see what was going on, and brought my students there for field trips,” McGurk remembers.