WAKE FOREST — 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 organizations 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 OConnell, said shes 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 shes hoping to run the gallery similarly to a co-op. If theyre able to do so, the artists with work on display in the gallery will also help run the shop.
They feel that theyre owners and they have a vested interest, Benejam said.
The gallery draws its name from Benejams two Boston terriers, Abbie and Mildred.
Already theyve become fixtures in the gallery and greet customers as they arrive.
If I dont bring the dogs, theyre 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 shes glad she and her husband made the decision to settle in Wake Forest when they moved.
I love it here, so weve rooted, she said.