Tonawanda News — Buyers can choose from colorful and uplifting themes such as faith, flowers, and even golf.
“I realize that not everyone wants to have a painting on their wall reminding them of the tragedy every day,” Richard said.
Laura Manning calls her husband’s paintings “everyman’s art.”
“They’re not pristine, they’re pure, and there’s something for everyone in the series — themes everyone can relate to,” Laura said.
Each work is available as either the original; or as a large, medium, or small Giclée limited edition numbered print, offering buyers a range of price options.
Buyers can shop for the paintings online, and 66 percent of the purchase price goes directly to a designated charity. The other 34 percent goes to cover costs.
“Basically, we use the other 34 percent to cover the cost of shipping and handling. The charity gets all of the rest,” Laura said.
Laura explained that the initiative has the potential to raise $400 million for various non-profits.
Currently, local charities receiving money are the Palace Theatre and Ronald McDonald House of Buffalo. But the Mannings are looking for other local 501c3 charities to apply to receive the donations. To register a charity or ask about a museum receiving a pair of 9/11 Twin Towers, contact laura.manning@TheManningArts.org.
Although this is the latest philanthropic effort for the couple, the Mannings have a long history of charitable endeavors.
“We want to plant the seeds of global consciousness for future generations. Sean and I believe that you have to give back. There are three stages in life, learn, earn and return — now it’s our turn to return our good fortune,” Laura said.
The couple split their time between St. Petersburg, Fla., and Lockport, and are now in the midst of a building and renovation project at the site of the former Warm Lake Winery on Lower Mountain Road.