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Mask-R-Aid to raise funds for St. Petersburg Arts Alliance

A cross-section of St. Petersburg artists, craftspeople and costume designers have created one-of-a-kind masks to keep your face and that nasty COVID virus far apart – stylishly.

Mark-R-Aid was brainstormed by artist Andre Kupfermunz, who intends to auction all the art-masks off and donate the proceeds to the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance. “The purpose of our project is to call attention to the need to wear masks during the pandemic, to protect yourself and others,” he says. “At the same time, St. Petersburg is a hub for artistic talent and many of the artists are financially suffering at this time.”

Beginning Aug. 1, the masks will be on view at the emporium Zazoo’d, 351 Central Ave. Through Bay Area Auction, they’ll all go on the block Aug. 15.

Artists: Donations are still being sought and graciously accepted; call 813-598-7254.

Bill DeYoung

Catalyst Senior Writer and Editor Bill DeYoung was a St. Petersburg Times correspondent at the age of 17. He went on to a 30-year career at newspapers in Florida and Georgia. He is the author of "Skyway: The True Story of Tampa Bay's Signature Bridge and the Man Who Brought it Down," "Phil Gernhard Record Man," "I Need to Know: The Lost Music Interviews" and "Vintage St. Pete: The Golden Age of Tourism - and More."

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