South Charlotte

Exhibit to benefit Presbyterian Hospice

Charlotte-based artists Anne Neilson and Robert Langford will showcase some of their artwork Nov. 10 at 220 East Blvd. for a "Strokes of Compassion" show.

All donations and 50 percent of proceeds will go to Presbyterian Hospice & Palliative Care's Harris Hospice Unit expansion.

Harris Hospice Unit is a short-stay transitional unit at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte. Harris Hospice aims to get patients home to a comfortable setting. The hospice currently has eight beds and plans to expand to 18.

"Through Presbyterian Hospice & Palliative Care, more than 5,000 families are served each year, and thanks to the generosity of Anne Neilson, Robert Langford and many sponsors of 'Strokes of Compassion,' we will be able to expand our program to meet a growing need on our Harris Hospice Unit," said Kim Darden, director of Presbyterian Hospice.

The "Strokes of Compassion" cocktail event will include food donated by Amélie's French Bakery, Blu Basil Café, Georges Brasserie, La-tea-da's Catering & Events, Mez Restaurant, Pewter Rose, Providence Café and Vivace. Wine will be donated by Braswell's, and music will be provided by West Bolz.

South Charlotte artist Neilson says she plans to showcase her new works from her Angel Series, as well as landscapes, still life and a variety of her favorites.

"My past shows were entitled 'Angels In Our Midst,' and this year I have started 'Strokes Of Compassion' thinking that this will give me a broader target audience for upcoming shows. It will allow me to also bring in other artists to participate," said Neilson, who has donated more than $50,000 to numerous charities.

"My goal is to host shows once or twice a year for organizations that come near and dear to my heart and give back 50 percent of proceeds from sales," said Neilson. "I have lost many friends and family members, and I know that hospice has played such an incredible role in the lives of the families. This year it was just the perfect fit."

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