MATTHEWS – A local nonprofit that helps Matthews residents in need is getting some help of its own through a popular annual art show and sale.
The 13th annual Silver Brush Holiday Art Show and Sale will be held in the office of Weaver, Bennett & Bland, P.A., Friday and Saturday and will support the Matthews HELP Center.
The Silver Brush Art Society has donated more than $25,000 to the Matthews HELP Center through the years, according to Prudy Weaver, one of the founding partners of the society. Weaver’s husband, an attorney at Weaver, Bennett & Bland, suggested hosting the benefit show because the center was nearby, and Joan Uhrich, the center’s director at the time, was a family friend.
Weaver said her husband “recognized the importance of drawing attention to the HELP Center because they had outgrown their space and were looking to expand.”
At that time, Weaver was painting at her home with six other friends who had nicknamed themselves the Silver Brush Art Society. They all thought doing a project to benefit the HELP Center was a great idea.
“The show was such a success the first year that each artist wanted to continue, and the law firm saw it as a way of giving back not only to the community, but to the HELP Center,” Weaver said.
This year’s art show and sale will take place on Friday, Nov. 15, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Artists will have their own individual room inside of the law office. Attendees will have the opportunity to browse the artwork and meet the artists face-to-face.
“As we celebrate the 34th anniversary of Matthews HELP Center, we are grateful to remain the beneficiaries of these uniquely talented local artists,” Kim Rhodarmer, executive director of the Matthews HELP Center, said in a statement released by the HELP Center.
There will be nine artists at the event presenting and selling their work: Prudy Weaver, John Moeslein, Cynthia Howard, Sandy Wilkinson, Sharron Burns, Max McLeod, Carol Pighin, Shane Somerset and jeweler Julie Johnson.
According to Wilkinson, each artist will donate 15 percent of his or her profits from their artwork to the HELP Center. “It really benefits the center,” she said. “(The center is) just fabulous, they do a lot for the community. We are happy to help.”
“When a visitor to the art show purchases something, their purchase makes a difference in the community to those without life’s basic needs who desperately need support.”
The Matthews HELP Center operates solely off of donations, providing financial and non-financial crisis assistance for those in need within the community. On average, the center provides assistance to more than 400 families a month and the nonprofit’s client numbers have increased more than 300 percent in the past three years.
Services provided by the HELP Center include crisis assistance, English as second language classes, community connection, health-related services, food and nutrition services, clothing, seasonal programs such as adopt a family and the backpack program, Department of Social Services community partnership and professional financial planning. The HELP Center also has a thrift boutique called Backporch Treasures. Money generated by the thrift boutique goes to support the HELP Center.
While it’s great to help neighbors in need, Wilkinson said the show also offers artists something the need: a venue to support their work and a chance to enjoy their craft.
“(It’s) a ton of fun and (attendees) will see exceptional art, jewelry and pottery,” she said.
The event will be held at 196 N. Trade St. in Matthews.