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Midmorning With Aundrea - July 29, 2020 (Part 2)

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Midmorning With Aundrea - July 29, 2020 (Part 2)
Midmorning With Aundrea - July 29, 2020 (Part 2)

(Part 2 of 2) An artist finds his work is treasured after being laid out as trash.

Th the pandemic has cost tens of millions of americans their jobs, and is also affecting those who depend on freelance work to make a living.

22- percent of americans either moved, or know someone who has moved due to covid- 19, in some cases even leaving their belongings behind.

This morning, we introduce you to one artist who faced those difficult challenges, but also found support and friendship from an unlikely group of strangers.

Mason : "this is where yo found it?"

Lily: "yeah, righ here."

Narr: lily bilgrey discovered the paintings by the curb on new york's upper west side mason: "it was lik garbage, thrown out?"

Lily: "it was throw out like garbage, but i think everybody could see even random people walking by that it wasn't."

Narr: she'd been alerted by "stooping nyc," instagram account that posts images of discarded furniture and art under the motto: "one person' trash is another person's treasure."

Lil wasn't the only one who went right there: mason: was it kind of a crazy scene when you got there?

Houlton-vinyl: "i was a crazy scene.

There were a whole bunch of people with art under their arms."

Narr: jack houlton-vinyl, an eighth grade english teacher, snatched up the last painting, a portrait of james brown.

But it seemed almost too good to be true: houlton-vinyi: " was really cognizant of the fact that this could be someone's work and they might want it back."

Mason: what, if anything, did you know about the artist?

Bilgrey: we knew nothing."// bu there were two postcards that i found stuck on one of the paintings // and i typed in every name on that postcard i could find // and i was able to find it through that."

Suggested outcue: in addition to the mural commissions around new york city and paintings, serrano also painted body art at parties and events.

His art pieces usually sell for five- hundred to 25- hundred dollars, and his murals up to five thousand dollars.

Serrano says as the city went into lockdown over corona- virus this spring, cancellations came in but new murals up to five thousand dollars.

Serrano says as for five- hundred to 25- hundred dollars, and his murals up to five thousand dollars.

Se serrano says as the city went into lo lockdown over corona- virus this sp spring, cancellations came in but new bookings didn't.

We'll back to hi, everyone.

Here's what we're working on for the next midmorning: it's a classic rags to riches story.

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