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LEWISTON – For the second consecutive year, the Lewiston Council on the Arts is encouraging people to donate their old and unused window frames to a “Frame Works” fundraiser to benefit restoration of the Lewiston Opera Hall.

Eva B. Nicklas, artistic director of the Council on the Arts, said: “Here is a chance to show off your talent as well as generate funds to keep the historic Lewiston Opera Hall in good repair. Let your imagination and creativity go wild. Decorate an old window in whatever medium you want.

“You can use a window frame with or without the glass to create a variety of artistic decor. Stained-glass murals can be created in window frames, or you can simulate stained glass by using glass gels found in any craft store. You can paint or draw on paper, make a collage, create a mosaic tile design, embroider, weave, needlepoint or combine mixed media using costume jewelry, feathers, ribbons or anything else you can think of.”

People who want to donate old window frames but do not want to make them into pieces of “art” can drop them off at the Council of the Arts office at 475 Ridge St., where others can pick them up for free and decorate them.

Nicklas said finished “Frame Works” should be delivered to the council office by Nov. 26. They will be on display and for sale at the Tuscarora and Friends Gallery, formerly the OH! Gallery, at 736 Center St. during the weekends of the Lewiston Christmas Walk, Dec. 1 and 2, and Dec. 8 and 9.

Participating artists will be given a one-year membership to the Lewiston Council on the Arts and two free tickets to the continuing series of Marble Orchard Ghost Walks sponsored by the council. A preview exhibit of the recycled window frames and opening reception will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 in the Tuscarora and Friends Gallery.

Windows can be any size up to 6 feet and can be found in people’s garages, basements, through “curb shopping” or at Buffalo Re-Use, a recycling program for construction materials based at 298 Northampton St. in Buffalo.

Participants can put a price tag on their work, and at least 20 percent of the proceeds from any sales are to be donated to the Opera Hall, one of Lewiston’s most historic buildings.

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