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Art student on a mission

Carrie Lee Deese
Staff Writer

Shorter University art students have branched out into the community to not only sell their work, but to donate their profits to organizations in need.

Jamie Pelz, senior fine arts major recently decided to show her art during Boom Days in Fort Paine, Al.

According to boomdays.org, Boom Days features artists, traditional craftsmen, and musical groups.

“The Boom Days Heritage Celebration, Fort Payne’s annual art and music festival, displays citizens of Fort Payne taking a second look at their past and the heritage passed down to them through the arts and crafts of our area,” said fortpayne.org.

Pelz featured and sold work to raise money for endangered species.

“This has been something I have become passionate about,” said Pelz.

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“I will be using the money I make form these pieces to donate to the Wildlife Conservation Network. They are a non-profit group that uses 100 percent of their donations to support innovative strategies for people and wildlife to co-exist and thrive.”

Pelz is an avid art student. Her professor, Micah Caine says she is a very devoted student to her work, and that she will put in overtime to have a masterpeice as result.

There will be an art sale in November that will include Pelz’s art. Lou Blackstone, junior art major and president of the Student Art League, is excited to see the turnout for the sale.

“We’re holding the art sale just before the holidays, so it’s a great way to find a unique gift for family or friends. By purchasing this work, you’re also helping out the art students in furthering their individual careers in sale experience. Plus, 10% of each purchase goes to benefit SAL,” said Blackstone.