Carolyn R. Wilson | For Washington County News
MEADOWVIEW, Va. — A local artist and art center founder shares her art supplies with a newly created art center in hopes that other nonprofit arts organizations will do the same.
Holly Thomas, decorative painter and muralist, donated art supplies to the Meadowview Arts Center to help the non-profit organization recover after opening its doors in Meadowview Town Square in recent months.
Thomas is the founder of Theo’s Pocket, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide practical artistic aid to fragile populations in this region, such as retirement homes, crisis centers, establishments for people with special needs. special needs, foster care centers and correctional institutions.
“There are so many important reasons why it is beneficial for a nonprofit to support another nonprofit,” said Susan Powers, president of the Meadowview Arts Center.
“Arts organizations could not exist without the support they receive from their community,” said Powers.
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“First of all, a community full of art is a community full of culture. Arts organizations drive economic growth,” she said. “What’s really good is that arts organizations can also help boost tourism – more people are coming to town to see what we have to offer.
“But more importantly, we inspire young minds who need art to learn, grow and create.”
Thomas strongly believes that all small communities benefit from artistic opportunities.
“These little watering holes for art are very special places and need to be supported,” Thomas said.
“You can’t have too many of these art centers. They are part of the life blood of the community.
Meadowview Arts Center membership is $25 per year per person, which will not only help support the nonprofit, but will also allow affiliated artists to participate as exhibitors in center shows. Monetary donations can be mailed to Meadowview Arts Center, PO Box 113, Meadowview, Virginia, 24361. To donate art supplies, contact Susan Powers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out class times and what’s happening at Meadowview Arts Center on their Facebook page and on the website at www.meadowviewac.org.
Valentine’s Day craft party
Donations of art supplies came at just the right time for the Meadowview Arts Center to host a two-hour craft event for school-aged children from 6-8 p.m. on February 14.
While parents enjoy a romantic evening on Valentine’s Day, their children can create Valentine’s Day crafts that they can keep or give as gifts. The event is free and refreshments will be provided.
The craft night will be led by Meadowview Arts Center board member and volunteer Linda Costello Hinchey. Hinchey holds a BFA from Virginia Intermont College. In addition to maintaining the center’s website, Hinchey is an avid genealogist and plans to teach classes and workshops on family tree research, as well as art projects, at the arts center.
Carolyn R. Wilson is a freelance writer in Glade Spring, Virginia. Contact her at email@example.com.