Sounds of hope filled the Newburgh Boxing Club early Monday evening.
Gloved hands thumped against speed and body bags. A jump rope hissed as it passed under the feet of a boy. A girl grunted with each jab as she danced around an imaginary opponent in the club’s ring.
Director Ray Rivera, a short, squat, bulldozer of a man, barked orders as he helped one kid adjust head gear before a sparring session.
Keeping NBC going requires money, and the club is going to receive help from an seemingly unlikely source: a group of local artists.
On Jan. 24, six of the city’s painters and photographers will mount an exhibit featuring dozens of artworks created to benefit the club. Local artist Decora and Baam Bada will provide music.
Clayton Buchanan, Isaac Diggs, Erica Hauser, Bruno Krauchthaler, Rachel Weidkam, and Martha Zola will donate 50 percent of the proceeds from each work that sells.
Zola said the show sprang from a conversation with Vincent Cappelletti, who donated the space the club occupies.
“He bought me over to show me the club, and he told me how they are always fundraising,” she said. “I said, ‘Let’s try an art show.’”
Each artist is creating between eight and 20 pieces, Zola said. The show goes from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 290 Broadway. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.