Wellesley sister and brother Liz and Spencer Powers recently started an online business called ArtLifting to help the homeless, disabled and sick sell their art in perhaps a more efficient manner than on the street.
This social enterprise builds on an annual Boston art show called City Heart that the siblings have organized in recent years to expose the creations of people in art therapy programs. Initially, four artists are featured on ArtLifting and their offerings include $34 iPhone cases as well as prints and paintings that range in price from the mid-$40s into the hundreds of dollars.
The site starters have partnered with Boston-area homeless shelters to spread the word of their site to local artists. ArtLifting is described as a low-profit limited liability company whose sales help not only the artists, but art therapy programs.
Among earlier projects by the Harvard-educated Liz Powers: The LIFT-Boston Bike Project, which supplies refurbished bikes to those who need cheap transportation alternatives.