Art Affair With A Cause

By Krystal Allan - bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Jerry Bienvenu is an award winning water colorist. Judy Abide breathes life into still lifes through oil paintings. Dave Elder uses pastels to paint lasting moments, while Melinda Gandy captures the essence of nature on canvas. These four, regional artists are talented in their own right.

Sunday afternoon, they came together to use their talents to help the children of South Mississippi through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

"This is a fantastic partnership for us. It's an opportunity for the local community to get involved, local artists to come out from all over the area and those who appreciate the arts to to get involved and help us grant wishes for children," says Shellie Moses, Make-A-Wish Foundation.

"It's such a pleasure to be able to give back. My child is healthy, safe and grown up, so this is a wonderful thing.  It's a pleasure for me," says artist Melinda Gandy.

A steady stream of art lovers stopped through for the art affair. It was organized with the help of Merchinston Hall Galleries in Biloxi.

"It's a great opportunity to not only help children but to band with other artists, get your word out about what you do and help get the word out for Make-A-Wish," says artist Judy Abide.

With support from the community, it's a partnership, the artists and Make-A-Wish hope will become a lasting one for years to come.

There will be a raffle going on throughout the week for two pieces of art. The tickets cost two dollars. You can stop by Merchiston Hall's Sweet Dreams Gallery off Pass Road in Biloxi to buy those raffle tickets. It'll be open from 9:30 to 5:30 p.m. and will last throughout the week.

You can also check out the art work on display when you stop by.