Painting for a Purpose- Downtown Business Helps AADD

Written by: Rodney Wilson
Margie Bolton, Owner of Margie’s Art Glass Studio displays a project painted by one of her customers.

Hundreds of folks will spend time in the basement of Margie’s Art Glass studio painting a ceramic piece that they have chosen from the inventory on the wall. It’s a great way to socialize and doesn’t make a difference if you consider yourself a professional painter or not, the piece will be a signature statement for you, or members of your family when it is done.


“When they come in and choose a project to paint, I will give donate 15% of what their final bill is to Airman Against Drunk Driving” according to Margie Bolton, owner. The event is March 14th through the 18th, and the contribution is on the ceramics portion of someone’s bill only. “Still, most people who come in will spend an average of $30.00 on ceramics and painting, so the donations to AADD will add up.”


For Margie, whose husband Ted owns the Northern Sentry, it is paying forward to the many volunteers who provide safe rides home to Airmen who do not want to take the risk of driving when they are impaired.


Besides the donation to AADD, Margie provides a sanctuary for people who just want to relax and be creative. “Last night we had 2 sisters and a couple of friends who went downstairs and just spend time painting and creating” according to Bolton. “If they are coming in for the promotion, they just need to let us know so we can make the donation to AADD on their behalf.”
Young and young at heart will enjoy painting ceramics according to Bolton. “They don’t need to make reservations, they just need to show up between the hours of 10 AM to 5:30 pm, except on Tuesdays and Thursdays when we are open until 8:30 (PM)” adds Bolton.


“We don’t charge a studio fee and if they want to order something to drink, that is available.”
For Margie Bolton her efforts on behalf of AADD is important, not only for the Airmen who use the service, but also for her family. “You never know who’s out there driving and could be a threat because they are driving impaired. We want to promote that it is socially unacceptable to drive drunk, and it’s socially acceptable to ask for help. Community wise it’s smart” says Bolton.


For those who want to get involved, they only need to show up at Margie’s Art Glass Studio at 109 Main Street and let the staff know you are there to be part of Painting for a Purpose.

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