Community arts initiative helps council

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During the COVID-19 crisis, the Arts Council of Wilson has been hard hit by the inability to interact with the public face to face and fulfill its missing to present quality arts programming — which results in a big impact on the organization’s financial bottom line.

To help bridge some of the funding gap, a group of local artists donated several works of art that can be purchased with a specified donation to the Arts Council of Wilson.

Artists who have participated to date include Aida Abernathy, Clara Daughtridge, Juan Carlos Duron-Martinez, Benjamin Hawley, Julia Newton, Maureen O’Neill and Peggy Barnes Sharp.

If you would like to obtain one of these pieces (on a first-come, first-served basis), call the Arts Council of Wilson at 252-291-4329 to make arrangement for payment and pickup of your item.

A complete list of items available in the HeARTworks series can be viewed at http://www.wilsonarts.com/heartworks/. There are donated items in many price ranges, from handmade “COVID couture” face masks to one-of-a-kind paintings.

If you would like to donate a piece of artwork to the heARTworks initiative, reach out to Dee Dee Oliver, Arts Council of Wilson’s visual arts coordinator, at deedee@wilsonarts.com or 252-291-4329 to discuss.