The Jaycee Park Center for Arts & Crafts will host the 9th Annual Carter Williams Art Show and Fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday and will raise donations in support of The National Breast Cancer Association.
The event is in support of Breast Cancer research, education, community outreach and artists nationwide with all proceeds directly going to The National Breast Cancer Association. Artists from across the United States donate pieces of all mediums from paintings to jewelry to pottery and more that will be sold at the show.
The fundraiser began as a part of East Carolina University alumna Sara Caropreso’s high school senior project and is named after her mother, who passed away due to complications from breast cancer in 1996. She said that the fundraiser started as a way for her, as a kid with limited funds, to give back to a cause that means so much to her and support artists.
“My dad is a writer and a photographer and my mother was a weaver, and then my aunt is a production potter so really having those art roots ingrained in me and a passion for art wanted to support artists,” Caropreso said. “(I) wanted to figure out a way to be able to give back with relatively limited means, and really incorporate two of my passions into one."
After graduating from ECU, Caropreso moved the fundraiser to Greenville where she now organizes it from her position as Recreation Supervisor for the Jaycee Park Center for Arts & Crafts.
Donating jewelry artist Liz Steiner said that Jaycee Park has always been supportive of local artists and easy to work with. Steiner has participated in past art shows and said the reason behind her involvement is her desire to give back to the community.
“I want to support Jaycee Park because I feel that they are an important part of the community and they do a lot for the citizens of Greenville,” Steiner said.
Artists have a choice of whether to donate either 50 or 100 percent of the purchase price of a piece, according to Stenier.
“We really encourage that 50/50 split because we want artists to be acknowledged and get the payment that they deserve for their hard work,” the show’s founder and organizer, Caropreso said.
Donating jewelry artist Bonnie Finley echoed this sentiment regarding the artists’ ability to choose whether to donate half or all of their proceeds.
“For younger artists that are still making a path for themselves they can get their work out there, show people that they want to support the community, and also make a little bit of income,” Finley said.
She went on to say that with all of the new businesses, restaurants and artists coming into Greenville, they are doing their part, but we as a community need to meet them halfway.
Finley later said that in addition to the community being able to support artists she couldn’t stop thinking about how wonderful the reasoning behind the event is.
“I couldn’t shake the more nagging voice telling me how lovely it is to have events like this where we can come together unified by our love for our neighbors suffering a difficult illness particularly in this very divisive time in which we’re living,” Finley said.
Another donating artist Lauryn Sawyer, will be attending the event on Saturday where some of her jewelry pieces will be for sale. Her pieces are made with gemstones, semi-precious stones, and sterling silver.
Sawyer said though she donates her art to similar events, she likes that the Carter Williams Art Show has a more local connection.
“It helps with the artists getting exposure and getting their names out but also it helps a good cause, to celebrate survivors of Breast Cancer and to let people know that there is still research that needs to be done,” Sawyer said.
More information about the 9th Annual Carter Williams Art Show and Fundraiser can be found under the special events tab on the Greenville NC website.