Tag Archives: Marietta Foster Smith

Local Artists Give Back

Local Artists spanning 4 area counties have joined together to create special works of art for the Holly Haven Family Care Home in Winston-Salem as a part of the Healing Hearts with Healing Art initiative.  The Holly Haven residence, which is a part of Aids Care Services,  “provides professional, courteous care for persons living with advanced HIV disease and support for their families and loved ones. [They] offer round-the-clock “family-style” residential services, including meals, activities, medication administration, housekeeping, and personal care.”

holly-haven1

In an effort to bring joy and healing to the residents, area artists are creating vibrant pieces specifically for Holly Haven.  The artwork will be on display during the signature Dining with Friends Fundraiser on April 30th, 2016.  “After the individual parties, guests and their hosts will come together to enjoy an exclusive community-wide celebration, free of charge, that concludes Dining with Friends with complimentary desserts, live music, and dancing […]” (aidscareservices.org).  More information regarding the Dewy’s Dessert Finale can be found HERE.

Dining-with-Friends-2016-Poster_TO-PRINT

Several of the artists participating, along with organizers Jennifer Alford and Bailey Wingler will be attending the event.  For more information, please visit the Healing Hearts with Healing Art Facebook event page hosted by Just Bailey Designs.

Healing Hearts through Healing Art

11081056_887247614665343_463403051491044789_n

Bailey Wingler, Salisbury artist and sole proprietor of Just Bailey Designs, has always had a passion for using art to make the world a better place.  So, when her long time client, Ms. Jennifer Alford of Winston-Salem, commissioned her to create a painting for the Holly Haven family care home Bailey immediately sprung into action.

Holly Haven, located in Forsyth County, is a residence that  “provides professional, courteous care for persons living with advanced HIV disease and support for their families and loved ones. (They) offer round-the-clock “family-style” residential services, including meals, activities, medication administration, housekeeping, and personal care.” (aidscareservice.org)

holly-haven1

Alford, an art lover and volunteer with Aids Care Services, felt compelled to purchase artwork after volunteering at Holly Haven and noticing that many of the walls were bare.  She believes that art can have a healing effect and that purchasing a piece of art was just a small way she could bring some joy into the lives of the Holly Haven residents.  After discussing this with Bailey, the two decided to embark on a project to fill the halls of Holly Haven with as many colorful artworks as possible.  Bailey, who is very active within her local arts community started an event on Facebook inviting area artists to paint canvases that Alford would supply.  The two were immediately contacted by interested artists spanning through four counties.

The group of artists include Darcey Quates Wilson of Darceyjoy Design, Same Kearns aka The Wandering Pygmy, Ali Carter, Marietta Foster Smith, Michael Owens, Shane Manier of the Guerilla Poets, Gloria Rodriguez, Artist/Musician Sue McHugh and Just Bailey Designs.

Artists will be working on their pieces over the next month and hope to unveil all of the artwork at the end of April.  More information regarding the unveiling of the artworks will be provided soon.  In the meantime,  if you are interested in participating in this event, please email Bailey Wingler at justbaileydesigns@gmail.com.