Copper Pot Pictures has paired with the Picture Book Project and Schools for Salone to hold an online art auction to benefit the schools featured in its documentary, BROWNSTONES TO RED DIRT. The auction includes over 150 pieces created by some of the top names in animation as well as children’s book, graphic novel and comic illustration, including Oscar-winning director Chris Wedge, Toy Story 3 Art Director Daisuke Tsutsumi, renowned illustrator Peter DeSeve and legendary Sesame Street puppeteer Caroll Spinney.
Each artist was given a birchwood postcard and asked to create a unique work based on the theme, “PEN PALS.” The completed pieces will be available from March 6-13 on eBay. All proceeds will be used to build a school for war orphans in Freetown, Sierra Leone and to develop a library for at-risk youth in Brooklyn.
BROWNSTONES TO RED DIRT follows the growth of the children in Sierra Leone and New York when they are paired together as pen pals. Fundraising efforts inspired by the film have raised $24,000 of the $100,000 needed for the two schools.