After seeing how the pandemic left small businesses struggling, artist Sophia Fang knew that she had to do something about it, so she launched her postcard fundraising project "Painting Main." She paints watercolor illustrations of local Pittsburgh businesses and sells them as postcards. All proceeds from the postcards are donated to the featured business or a local charity of their choice that serves Pittsburgh residents. This project seeks to help local businesses deepen their community support at a time when they need it most and spread hope in spite of their empty storefronts. For Pittsburghers, these postcard paintings will evoke memories of pre-COVID social gatherings, and they can either keep the postcards to beautify their homes or mail them to physically distant loved ones.
Funded by Pittsburgh, PA (June 2021)