From Tryon Daily News, January 23, 2018
By: KAREN DACEY
The Have a HeArt for Big Brothers Big Sisters opens at the Upstairs Artspace on Saturday, January 27. The HeArts project opening coincides with the first show of the year at Upstairs—an exhibit of paintings and engravings by Olaf Sorenson and photographs by Brian S. Kelley. A “Walk & Talk” with Sorenson begins at 5 PM and the reception starts at 5:30 PM.
The Have a HeArt fundraiser was initiated seven years ago to bring area artists, art collectors and friends of the Big Brothers Big Sisters programs together to support the organization—and it continues to be a popular event. Many area artists donate heart-themed pieces in a wide variety of styles and media. They are then displayed at the Upstairs—a fine arts gallery in downtown Tryon, for two weekend for a highly anticipated silent auction.
This unique project offers artists a creative way to support a local charity that serves youth who are facing adversity. Big Brothers Big Sisters matches children from diverse home environments with mentors to create strong and enduring relationships that transform their lives. With a vision of inspiring children to achieve success in life, BBBS partners with parents, guardians, volunteers, teachers, counselors and others in the community.
Beginning January 27, the Upstairs will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 AM -5 PM. The fundraiser will conclude on February 10, just in time for Valentine’s Day, with a lively closing bids reception at 4:30 PM.
The official Have a HeArt event sponsor is New View Realty, with Songhill Reserve as a Heart of Gold sponsor, Saluda Outfitters as Silver Heart sponsor for opening night, Digit and Beth Laughridge as Silver Heart sponsors for closing night, Main Street Insurance Group at Bronze level and Tickle Family Health Center as Heart Artist Sponsor.
Sponsorships are still available for the Havbe a HeArt benefit. For more information, contact Big Brothers Big Sisters at 828-859-9230, 828-899-9699 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.