Midtown: Community

Art celebrates ‘beauty of God’s creation’

Gail Peterson always enjoyed painting and taught herself how to paint through books and the Internet. But she never expected that she would begin selling her paintings at age 55.

Since January, Peterson has sold more than a dozen paintings and been commissioned to paint several more. She gives all proceeds from her art sales to The Widows Peek, a Raleigh-based ministry that she recently founded for widowed men and women.

This weekend, she will participate in her first art show as one of the featured artists at the Heart of the Artist Community Art Festival 2012 in Wake Forest.

“It is such a joy to me to be able to capture the beauty of God’s creation in whatever humble way I can, and to see his beauty on the canvas is amazing,” Peterson said. “I’ve started looking at the world very differently since I started painting. I never realized how many different shades of green there are in the leaves of the trees.”

The free festival will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Wake Forest Baptist Church, 107 E. South Ave., Wake Forest. The event will include art demonstrations and activities for children. Two stages will be set up for live music, including bluegrass, contemporary Christian, folk and classical.

A portion of the proceeds will go to the Tri-Area Ministry Food Pantry in Wake Forest and the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle of Raleigh.

Many of the pieces for sale have Christian themes and were inspired by specific biblical scriptures. The variety of mediums will include oils, acrylics, watercolors, fiber art, wood working, sculpture and jewelry. Many local artists will attend, including Simoan Scott, Patti Harris and Gail McIntosh.

For more information, go to www.virginiatullmusicandarts.org or call 919-556-5141.

Women’s conference

Living Word Family Church invites women to its annual women’s conference, Influence 2012, at the church, 10520 Star Road, Wake Forest.

The conference will go from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 27, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 28. Featured speaker Vikki Burke will share her spiritual journey as a minister’s wife. The cost for the conference is $20. Registrations will be accepted Friday. For more information, visit www.lwfc.org.

Millennium Revival Center flea market

Millennium Revival Center is having a flea market from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 28, at the center, 10209 Lois Lane, Wake Forest. The sale will include housewares, clothes, books and toys. For more information, call 919-554-4740.

Living in Abundance lecture

Second Church of Christ, Scientist of Raleigh is holding a free lecture titled Living in Abundance at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 28, at the Radisson Hotel at 150 Park Drive, Research Triangle Park. Evan Mehlenbacher, an international speaker, will address topics including prayer, spiritual wealth and God’s love. Parking is free and child care is provided. For more information, call 919-790-9183 or visit www.sccsraleigh.com.

Preschool art exhibit

The Annual Young Artists’ Exhibit will begin at 12:15 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at Grace Lutheran Church, 5010 Six Forks Road, Raleigh. The sale will feature a variety of artwork created by the children attending the School of Grace Preschool. The event will also include a silent auction of visual art and jewelry, children’s activities and refreshments. Proceeds from the sale of the children’s artwork and the silent auction will provide scholarships to children of refugee families and families in need. For more information, call 919-787-4740.

Scholar-in-Residence program

Yavneh: A Jewish Renewal Community is holding several events as part of its 2012 scholar-in-residence program with Dr. Eugene Pogany, author of “In My Brother’s Image: Twin Brothers Separated by Faith after the Holocaust.” The book tells the true story of his uncle and father’s experiences in World War II, with one twin sent to a Nazi concentration camp as a Jew, and the other, a Catholic priest, living in an Italian monastery.

Pogany will speak at Shabbat worship at 7:45 p.m. Friday, May 4, and an interfaith panel discussion about the book will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 5. Both events will be at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1725 N. New Hope Road, Raleigh. A public author talk and book-signing will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at Quail Ridge Books, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh.

A donation of $36 is requested to support the programs; scholarships are available. Attendees who donate $108 or more will be invited to a dinner with Pogany on Saturday, May 5. Donations may be mailed to 4030 Wake Forest Road #300, Raleigh, 27609. Walk-in registrations will also be accepted. For more information and to register, email rabbi@yavnehraleigh.org.

St. John’s Baptist barbecue

St. John’s Baptist Church is holding a barbecue supper from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, May 4, at the church, 1615 Oberlin Road, Raleigh. Food catered by Bill’s BBQ of Wilson will include barbecue pork, fried chicken, boiled potatoes, green beans, cole slaw, corn sticks and dessert. Plates are $7.50, and lunch delivery is available inside the Beltline for orders of five plates or more. Barbecue will also be on sale for $8 per pound. For more information, call 919-832-5134 or visit www.stjohnsbaptist.com.

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