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Dewey’s Dessert Finale, A Sweet Cause

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This Saturday, April 30th 2016, Kannapolis Arts Volunteer Bailey Wingler will reveal the works of 12 different artists across North Carolina.  These paintings, which were created as part of the Healing Hearts with Healing Art facebook campaign, will soon adorn the walls of the Holly Haven Family Care Residence in Winston-Salem.  Wingler, along with her long time client Jennifer Alford, provided canvases to area artists who then painted bright and joyful pieces in hopes of bringing joy to the Holly Haven residents who are battling advanced stages of HIV disease.  Saturday will mark the finale to the Dining with Friends annual fundraiser which supports Aids Care Services.  To celebrate, ACS will host a night of dancing, drinks and desserts provided by the famous Dewey’s Bakery of Winston-Salem.  This event, called the Dewey’s Dessert Finale will take place in the Millennium Center in Winston-Salem and begins at 8pm.  More information regarding this event can be found HERE.

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Artists who donated original works for this event include:

Rowan Cabarrus Community College art students,

As well as,

The Wandering Pygmy, Sam Kearns

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Artist Sam Kearns puts Kaleidoscope at the top of the list of festivals where she has sold her work. “It is my favorite festival because it is so art driven,” said Kearns, who sells her handcrafted dream catchers and original paintings under the name The Wandering Pygmy. “All of the vendors are real artists, and it’s nice to have a festival that promotes raw art like Kaleidoscope does.”

Although she holds two jobs and goes to school full-time, Kearns is serious about her art business. After painting for six years, she decided four years ago to add dream catchers to her lineup. “I wanted to do something more tactile,” she said. “Since then, I have become very passionate about dream catchers and see them as just as much of a creative outlet as painting.”

Whether painting or crafting a dream catcher, Kearns said finding the time to create can be a challenge. Wrapping the outside of the hoop and fashioning the weave in the center are both time-consuming tasks even for the smallest dream catcher.

As if work, school and art didn’t take up enough time, a busy Kearns also has a passion for nature and travel, and is planning a five-month trip to Alaska. She also loves camping, rock climbing and lounging in her hammock. “I am so fond of my hammock that I have a tattoo of it on my leg!” she noted.

Visit Kearns in person at the April 30 Kaleidoscope festival, or check out her work on Facebook and Etsy under The Wandering Pygmy.

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.”

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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.

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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

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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)

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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.