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    CCAE Artists Raise the Roof

    May 22 - 31 in Harvard Square

    ARTISTS RAISE THE ROOF is a benefit art exhibit that opens in Harvard Square on May 22.  Art faculty and students from the Cambridge Center for Adult Education (CCAE) have donated works to be sold in order to fund the urgently needed repair and replacement of the roofs at CCAE's historic buildings in Harvard Square. The show will run from Saturday May 22 through Memorial Day, May 31, 12 noon to 9:00 p.m. daily, at 102 Mt. Auburn St.  An artists' reception and silent auction will be held on Wednesday, May 26, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
    The organizing energy for ARTISTS RAISE THE ROOF came from CCAE art students who found themselves holding umbrellas over their easels in the studio at 56 Brattle Street whenever it rained. After the big storm in March, they formed a steering committee and called for all students to leap into action. The planning for this benefit exhibition began in earnest with the generous donation of a retail space at 102 Mt. Auburn Street, right in the middle of Harvard Square.  This  instant gallery, at street level with lots of windows, has entrances on both Mount Auburn Street and Winthrop Street, and is easily accessible by T or vehicle.

    Contributing artists include the professionals who teach at CCAE and the students who benefit from their tutelage and personal encouragement.  Many of these student artists have resurfaced an early love of art which was submerged as they pursued their various careers. Others have been enabled, for the first time in their lives, to make art and savor the creative experience. All count themselves lucky beyond belief to have found their way to CCAE.

    Visitors to the exhibit can take home a fabulous painting, drawing or photograph for bargain prices of $100, $200 or $300.  Everyone is encouraged to make a donation above these listed prices; all such additional donations are tax-deductible.

    CCAE is a non-profit, self-supporting institution which offers adults a diverse and intriguing menu of courses.     First incorporated in 1876 as the Cambridge Social Union,  CCAE has a long history. In 1889 the Social Union purchased and moved into the house of William Brattle at 42 Brattle Street, which was built in 1727. In 1972 the Cambridge Center acquired the Blacksmith House property at 56 Brattle Street. The Blacksmith House includes the Dexter Pratt House, built in 1811, where Longfellow observed the famous Village Blacksmith at work under the Spreading Chestnut Tree in 1839. Both houses are being preserved by the Center as living museums.

    ARTISTS RAISE THE ROOF is intended to raise money to fix the leaky studio roofs, to give visitors wonderful original art works at prices well below market value, and to introduce the CCAE, a denizen of Harvard Square since the 19th century, to the larger community.

    For more information, see the online posting at: 
    Who:    Faculty and Students from CCAE's Visual Arts programs
    What:   CCAE's "Artists Raise the Roof" Fundraiser Exhibit of Two-Dimensional Works of Art
    Where:  Excellent donated space at 102 Mount Auburn Street in Harvard Square
    When:   Saturday, May 22 - Memorial Day, May 31 from 12 noon to 9:00 pm daily
    Party:  Reception with Silent Auction on Wednesday, May 26 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm
    Phone:  617-547-6789 x1
    JPEGs:  Available on request