Art After Hours Embrace Uganda

Two Dog Gallery show will benefit local nonprofit Embrace Uganda

sbarr@newsobserver.comJanuary 7, 2014 

  • Want to go?

    Art After Hours is downtown Wake Forest’s monthly art event featuring galleries . and special events around the South White Street area. It runs the second Friday of each month from 6 to 9 p.m. This month’s event will be Jan. 10 and also includes:

    The Cotton Company 306 S. White St., will feature “Wake Forest Perspectives,” a photography by Franklin Academy high school students and an art exhibit by the Wake Forest Boys and Girls Club.

    Sunflower Studio & Gallery 214 E. Jones Ave., will feature “Summer Colors,” works by Kittie Rue Deemer.

    Wake Forest Art and Frame Shop 139 S. White St., will feature recycled art by Karen Dillard.

  • More Art After Hours

    The Cotton Company, 306 S. White St., will feature “Wake Forest Perspectives,” a photography by Franklin Academy high school students and an art exhibit by the Wake Forest Boys and Girls Club.

    Sunflower Studio & Gallery, 214 E. Jones Ave., will feature “Summer Colors,” works by Kittie Rue Deemer.

    Wake Forest Art and Frame Shop, 139 S. White St., will feature recycled art by Karen Dillard.

— Two Dog Gallery will offer a twist on the usual Art After Hours offerings this month with a show to support local nonprofit Embrace Uganda.

The show will feature a variety of handmade fine art pieces and crafts, including paintings, corn husk baskets, fabric bags, beads, kitchenware and chess boards.

All of the works were made by Ugandan artists. Proceeds from the show go to Embrace Uganda, which provides financial support to Ugandan-based organizations through clean water projects, educational scholarships, medical clinics and more.

“All of the money is directly given back to their areas of need,” said Dottie Bowman, the organization’s volunteer executive director.

In 2014, Embrace Uganda is hoping to increase from 65 to 75 the number of children it can provide with educational sponsorships.

Mary Benejam, who opened Two Dog in November and co-owns it with her husband Mike O’Connell, said she’s also interested in hosting other nonprofits for Art After Hours events.

More broadly, the gallery will feature artists from North Carolina, primarily from and around Wake Forest.

Benejam, an artist and an art teacher for the town of Wake Forest, said she’s hoping to run the gallery similarly to a co-op. If they’re able to do so, the artists with work on display in the gallery will also help run the shop.

“They feel that they’re owners and they have a vested interest, “ Benejam said.

The gallery draws its name from Benejam’s two Boston terriers, Abbie and Mildred.

Already they’ve become fixtures in the gallery and greet customers as they arrive.

“If I don’t bring the dogs, they’re disappointed,” she said.

Benejam moved to the area 13 years ago from Florida and has had a studio in downtown Wake Forest for the past 12 years. She also previously co-owned the Gilded Palette Gallery, which was in the same spot at Two Dogs at 123 S. White St.

She said she’s glad she and her husband made the decision to settle in Wake Forest when they moved.

“I love it here, so we’ve rooted,” she said.

Barr: 919-836-4952

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