A Signed Salvador Dalí Watercolor Print Was Just Discovered in a Thrift Store

Artist Salvador Dalí, pictured in December 1951.
Artist Salvador Dalí, pictured in December 1951.
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Every so often, shoppers or employees of thrift stores will find a hidden gem among the piles of used clothing and vintage furniture. Items ranging from a Picasso print to a sweater owned by football legend Vince Lombardi have been excavated.

The latest discovery? A signed watercolor print by famed surrealist and melting clock enthusiast Salvador Dalí that was pulled from a pile of art at a thrift shop in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

The 9.75-inch-by-6.75-inch woodcut print, titled Purgatory Canto 32, was part of Dalí's series on Dante’s Divine Comedy and depicts a woman dressed in blue and a man in red. A store volunteer named Wendy Hawkins came across it when sorting through artwork that needed to be priced before going out on the sales floor.

Getting the feeling the work was more polished than other art in the assortment, Hawkins took it to the Seaside Art Gallery for an expert’s opinion. There, Seaside owner Madeline Smith determined it was a Dalí print. His signature appears both in the woodcut print and in pencil.

Beginning in 1957, Dalí spent nine years working on the 100 watercolors that made up his tribute to Dante. The project was originally commissioned by the National Library of Italy but revoked when critics questioned the appropriateness of Dalí, who was Spanish, being assigned to honor the Italian Dante. Artists spent five years carving wood blocks used to make the prints from his watercolors.

With assistance from the Seaside Art Gallery, the thrift store has already sold the piece for $1200. The proceeds will go to victims of domestic violence and human trafficking.

[h/t Smithsonian]

The ChopBox Smart Cutting Board Has a Food Scale, Timer, and Knife Sharper Built Right Into It


When it comes to furnishing your kitchen with all of the appliances necessary to cook night in and night out, you’ll probably find yourself running out of counter space in a hurry. The ChopBox, which is available on Indiegogo and dubs itself “The World’s First Smart Cutting Board,” looks to fix that by cramming a bunch of kitchen necessities right into one cutting board.

In addition to giving you a knife-resistant bamboo surface to slice and dice on, the ChopBox features a built-in digital scale that weighs up to 6.6 pounds of food, a nine-hour kitchen timer, and two knife sharpeners. It also sports a groove on its surface to catch any liquid runoff that may be produced by the food and has a second pull-out cutting board that doubles as a serving tray.

There’s a 254nm UVC light featured on the board, which the company says “is guaranteed to kill 99.99% of germs and bacteria" after a minute of exposure. If you’re more of a traditionalist when it comes to cleanliness, the ChopBox is completely waterproof (but not dishwasher-safe) so you can wash and scrub to your heart’s content without worry. 

According to the company, a single one-hour charge will give you 30 days of battery life, and can be recharged through a Micro USB port.

The ChopBox reached its $10,000 crowdfunding goal just 10 minutes after launching its campaign, but you can still contribute at different tiers. Once it’s officially released, the ChopBox will retail for $200, but you can get one for $100 if you pledge now. You can purchase the ChopBox on Indiegogo here.

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This 10-Year-Old Is Sending Art Supplies to Hundreds of Kids in Homeless Shelters and Foster Homes

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Evgeniia Siiankovskaia/iStock via Getty Images

She may be stuck at home, but Chelsea Phaire has found a way to connect with hundreds of kids during the COVID-19 pandemic. As CNN reports, the 10-year-old from Danbury, Connecticut, has used her time in isolation to send 1500 art project packs to kids in foster homes and homeless shelters.

Phaire had been interested in starting a charity from a young age, and on her birthday in August 2019, she launched Chelsea's Charity with help from her parents. Instead of birthday gifts, Chelsea asked for art supplies, and all the items she received went to a homeless shelter in New York. The Phaires have since set up a wishlist on Amazon, so anyone can donate supplies for the art kits. One pack includes crayons, paper, markers, gel pens, coloring books, and colored pencils.

In recent months, Phaire's mission to provide resources to underserved kids has become more vital than ever. Schools around the country have closed to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, which means kids have less access to art supplies than they did before. Young people may also be dealing with increased stress and boredom from being isolated inside. By sharing art kits, Phaire hopes to give them a healthy outlet for their struggles.

Chelsea's Charity has donated more than 1500 kits to schools, shelters, and foster homes since stay-at-home orders rolled out in March, which is more than was donated in the initiative's first five months. COVID-19 has forced Phaire to do some things differently: While she would normally get to meet many of the people she helps in person, she now sends all her donations by mail. Until it's safe to travel again, she's staying connected to kids through social media, as you can see in the video below.

[h/t CNN]