Board Recognizes Donation from Reuel’s Art & Frame

Board Recognizes Donation from Reuel’s Art & Frame

The Utah State Board of Education recognized Reuel’s Art & Frame for a $1.5 million donation of art materials and supplies by  to the schools across the state.

Reuel’s served the art and engineering community from 1932 until early this year. In 1932, just 30 days after the birth of his son, Reuel, Charles Ware opened a blueprint shop and called it Photo Blue. By the 1970’s the Ware family had three shops that were called Reuel’s Photo Blue.  In 1961, Reuel and Dorothy Ware bought the company and changed the name to Reuel’s Art and Frame. From that time until just recently the business served the art and engineering community with artist supplies, drafting materials and picture frames. Sadly, Reuel passed away in the fall of 2014.

Dorothy Ware, Reuel’s widow, has donated all remaining stock to Utah’s schools through their education foundations.  The donation includes over 18,000 different items listed on a manifest of 340 pages. The donation retail value is listed at $1.5 million and occupies 81 pallets.   These art supplies will be distributed to districts and charter schools across the state and will undoubtedly find their way to the hands of tens of thousands of children and art students. This will fulfill the wishes of Dorothy and her late husband “to do some good for the teachers and children of Utah.”

Reuel and Dorothy’s granddaughter, Kathleen Ware, was present at the April 10 Board meeting for the recognition.  Kathleen is filling the dual role of representing the educators who will receive these supplies.  She is currently a special education teacher at Copperview Elementary School in the Canyons School District.  She has seen first-hand the need for art and art supplies in the schools. Dorothy sent her regrets at not being able to attend the meeting, but was very proud of her granddaughter’s accomplishments and proud that she could represent Reuel and Dorothy.

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