I recently attended a paint night with the talented Evelyn Henson at The Gallery at South End. Henson is well-known for her colorful, floral paintings (just check out her Instagram with 29K followers!), fun maps and cheerful sayings on office products.
She recently partnered with Make-A-Wish® Central and Western North Carolina to offer Paint-A-Wish. Paint-A-Wish is similar to Wine & Design but instead of BYOB, The Gallery at South End offered a glass of sangria to participants (and it was tasty). Henson supplied the paint, the canvases and brushes and donated all proceeds to Make-A-Wish CWNC.
The class was two hours long and plenty of time to work on your own masterpiece while sipping a selection of wines offered by The Gallery.
Henson started selling her art in May 2013 after graduating from Furman University in Greenville, S.C. She moved to Charlotte a year and a half ago and taught a painting class at her church. She enjoyed it and wanted to do more, deciding Paint a Wish would be a good use of her creative talents.
She reached out to Make-A-Wish CWNC because she loved their mission and wanted to work with a local nonprofit.
“As a student at Furman University, I had supported some of Chi Omega’s fundraising events for Make-A-Wish, and always found their wish stories inspiring,” she said. “The way these wishes encourage and lift the spirits of these families is incredible. Not only is the work they do amazing, but everyone at Make-A-Wish CWNC is supportive, kind and encouraging, and I’m so thankful to be able to help them in their mission.”
Make-A-Wish CWNC grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions who live in the 51 counties in N.C. that they serve. Ninety-eight percent of parents surveyed said the wish made them feel like a normal family and all donations stay 100 percent local. In March alone, Make-A-Wish CWNC made 24 wishes come true, from going to Disney World®, to meeting the Little Mermaid, to going all the way to France.
The good news: Henson is going to be offering her painting classes on a monthly basis. All of the classes to this point have sold out (quickly, I might add), so if you’re considering it, I’d say keep an eye on Henson’s event listings and go ahead and purchase that ticket when it’s available. The next classes are June 7, July 12 and Aug. 2.
Everyone deserves a relaxing night of sangria and painting – make it even better by taking your friends for a girls’ night out and doing some good.
Photos: Ashleigh White