Midwestern Manufacturer Donates Hundreds of Pounds of Oil Paints to Sandy-Stricken Artists

The art world has shown its more generous side in the wake of Hurricane Sandy’s wreckage. From Klaus Bisenbach‘s celebrity-studded Rockaway clean-up initiative, to emergency grants from the Warhol, Joan Mitchell, and Rauschenberg foundations (among others), many big names are contributing to Sandy Relief. Meanwhile, one small, Midwestern paint manufacturer has donated almost 200 hundred pounds of oil paint to artists struggling to recover from the storm.

The owner of Illinois-based C.A.S. Paints read about the damage Sandy did to the art community in New York, and as an artist, he immediately understood the devastation of losing a studio, or a lifetime of work. After doing some research and reading ARTINFO‘s list of Sandy relief benefits, he connected with the Queens MuseumMana Contemporary, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation. The first two organizations received their donations on Friday, and C.A.S. is working with the latter to figure out the final details.

“I understand that artists always have a hardship, and this is what I can do to help them. It’s like color therapy for the winter,” the company’s owner told ARTINFO.

—Sara Roffino