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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.