UNC graduate Oona Lewis’ passion for art commenced when she was only a little one.
Now, she is applying her inventive skills to draw awareness to the young children who might need to have it most – victims of Nepali human trafficking.
Lewis will present “Small Environment,” her benefit art exhibition, at Vecino Brewing Co. situated at 300 E. Major St., Suite C, in Carrboro. The show will run from July 9 as a result of Aug. 29, with an opening reception on Friday, July 16 at 6 p.m.
All party proceeds will be donated to two anti-sex trafficking businesses – The Apple of God’s Eyes, a household restoration middle for trafficking victims, and the Hasta Memorial University, a university for children who have a substantial danger of remaining trafficked.
“Small World” will function a series of paintings impressed by Lewis’ the latest journey to Nepal, she mentioned. The exhibit will also showcase some of Lewis’ multidimensional operate.
Lewis graduated from UNC in 1980 with a diploma from the School of Journalism and a 2nd emphasis in studio artwork. Nevertheless she has usually been drawn to art, her adore for painting was born right after the beginning of her to start with youngster, she mentioned.
“While I was home with a newborn, I resolved that I should paint,” Lewis explained. “There was something naturally missing in my lifestyle.”
Lewis mentioned she commenced looking for a room to set up an artwork studio to discover that missing piece. Now, Lewis is a resident artist of The Barnes Corner Gallery and co-operator of ArtVentures, found in Wilson.
Jean Haas, a longtime good friend of Lewis’, said Lewis demonstrates a “diverse talent” when portray and thinks her do the job is special.
“She does not box herself into nearly anything,” Haas stated. “Everything she does is amazing.”
Although in Nepal, Lewis reported she was fascinated with portray the country’s splendor – but she also turned knowledgeable of its struggles.
“While we had been there, I arrived across a female sitting at a weaving loom,” Lewis said. “She had been rescued from trafficking and experienced a extremely challenging existence. So, I got incredibly interested in this trouble.”
Lewis said she was also determined to get involved following reading through “Standing in the Way” by Anjali Tamang, a survivor of human trafficking who the moment resided at The Apple of God’s Eyes.
Tamang is now boosting resources to open the Hasta Memorial School. Reading Tamang’s story created Lewis understand how pervasive the issue seriously is, she explained.
Pegi Barnes-Sharp, business enterprise companion and good friend of Lewis’, stated she was not stunned to listen to about the exhibit’s target.
“I know her heart,” Barnes-Sharp explained. “If she saw a want and was moved by it, then she stepped up to it.”
Lewis claimed she hopes her function will not only support fund the lead to, but it also will develop awareness and inspire some others to just take motion.
“If all of us say this simply cannot go on anymore, it won’t,” Lewis claimed.
Haas claimed she believes in the great importance of Lewis’ show and is proud her friend can give a voice to those who otherwise might not have 1.
“Sometimes folks are worried of saying there is basically little one trafficking likely on, and they type of convert their back on it,” Haas claimed. “She is not one particular ever to convert their back again on everything.”
Lewis reported she encourages any person who wishes to assistance overcome Nepali human trafficking to take a look at her opening reception or make a direct donation to the Hasta Memorial School or The Apple of God’s Eyes.
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