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Paintings by Helen Lavelle to be exhibited at Art E Fekts Gallery in Pittston

Opening reception slated for June 24 Helen Lavelle is an artist and advocate. A communicator and a collaborator. A creator with a cause. She has linked her art collections to causes that have deep personal meaning to her. And now, some of that work will be on display at an art opening this month. Lavelle will be the featured artist at a gallery reception of her oil paintings at Art E Fekts Gallery, 71 South Main Street in Pittston, on Thursday, June 24 from 6-9 p.m. Sales of the art during the show will help support Art E Fekts Gallery and our local art community. “I am proud to exhibit my work at Art E Fekts Gallery in Pittston because I believe...

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Helen Lavelle AFA Award

AAF Honors Helen Lavelle with Barton A. Cummings Gold Medal Award

WASHINGTON D.C., January 22, 2021—AAF is proud to announce Helen Lavelle as the 2020 recipient of the Barton A. Cummings Gold Medal Award.Established by the American Advertising Federation's board of directors in 1994, to recognize distinguished individuals for their volunteer service to advertising through work with the AAF, the award is AAF’s highest volunteer service award.“In this, the 25th year of the American Advertising Federation's Barton A. Cummings Gold Medal Award, AAF honors the legacy of Barton A. Cummings and its 2020 award recipient, Helen Lavelle. Helen embodies the spirit and the actions of a distinguished industry leader and visionary,” AAF President and CEO Steve Pacheco said.Helen’s connection to the AAF has spanned nearly 35 years during which she has...

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Art collection supports conservation efforts at Spring Hills Farm

As part of a sweeping, new initiative, painter Helen Lavelle will donate a portion of proceeds from online art sales to Spring Hills Foundation. The money will help the Hull family, caretakers of Hull’s Spring Hills Farm, to preserve 400 acres of pristine farmland in northern Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania. Among the causes aided by her new “Painter with a Purpose” initiative, Lavelle, a marketing executive and contemporary painter, will support the agriculture and education initiatives happening at the farm and advance the Hull family’s vision to change how we think about growing food and taking care of the planet. Tim Hawkesworth, an accomplished painter who leads workshops at Spring Hills Farm states “The farm exemplifies the pillars of local, organic and sustainable...

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Inspired by grief, artist’s collection fuels recovery program for women

The Women in Recovery collection, part of artist Helen Lavelle’s “Painter with a Purpose” initiative, will help fund special programs for women recovering from addiction and their loved ones. As a person in long-term recovery herself, the artist understands the devastating toll addiction takes on the family. It was the untimely loss of her sister Alvie to the disease which led her to pick up her brushes again, after they lay dormant for ten years. Now she is directing a portion of the proceeds from her online art sales to places and programs that can help. With first-hand insights into how addiction weighs especially heavy on women, Lavelle sought help 34 years ago and joined a program dedicated to supporting people who...

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Prolific marketing executive turns artistry into advocacy

Artistry meets advocacy in Northeast Pennsylvania painter Helen Lavelle’s new initiative, Painter with a Purpose. On a quest to put her creativity and ability behind important causes and organizations that make our world better, Lavelle has created a series of collections, with online sales directly supporting their work. Women in recovery from addictionConservation and environmental protectionDiversity, equity and inclusionScholarships for aspiring artistsPeople striving to overcome multiple sclerosis “It took a global pandemic to wake us up–lives and livelihoods lost, systemic racism exposed, Mother Earth threatened,” Lavelle said. “Like any artist painting a picture, I paused, stepped back from the canvas, and considered what needed to be done. I am just doing my part.” Lavelle, president of Lavelle Strategy Group, has already carved out...

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