Published: 10/7/2020 4:46:27 PM
“What the world needs now is love, sweet love/
It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of.”
Those iconic lyrics were circulating in Katherine Gekas’ head as she planned Sharing Arts+Love, a new fundraising and awareness effort for Sharing Arts, the community-driven effort aimed at filling the void left behind by the shuttered Sharon Arts Center.
Gekas and a group of ceramicists got together at Beth Corwin’s Peterborough home on to paint wooden pallets with bright red hearts. The group plans to sell the painted pallets at the Peterborough Unitarian Universalist Church flea market on Oct. 17 and the Peterborough Farmers Market on Oct. 14 and 21.
“Even here, we’re so divided, and what we really need to do is shine a little love on the community and remind in a very simple way with these heart pallets… that we’re in this together,” Corwin said.
All in One Chimney donated the pallets, which Corwin hopes will be displayed at businesses, homes, or anywhere that could use a warm message of community and love.
The fundraiser is set to supplement the $63,000 in tax credits that Sharing Arts received from the state of New Hampshire and bring the group one step closer to creating that community art center the artists have sorely missed. The group painting in Corwin’s garage Wednesday used to get together regularly to create art; Gekas said Wednesday was the first time she’d seen them all in nearly a year.
“The whole reason to have a community studio is so that we can be together,” Gekas said.