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Habitat for Humanity exhibit draws large crowd

| May 3, 2013

017COSHOCTON – The Dogwood Festival had a successful turnout at their opening party last night at the Pomerene Center for the Arts. The event focused around the Habitat for Humanity’s photo exhibit asking local photographers to interpret Habitat’s mission into their work, ‘Building Home / Building Hope’. The exhibit also featured landscapes by Judith Speckman Russell.

“It’s great,” said Helen Scholfield, president of the Habitat for Humanity board. “It’s beyond my expectations. Working with Anne has been a joy. We wanted people to come and learn about Habitat and have fun.”

The exhibit grew from an idea from Cheryl Staron and Sue Hardesty, executive director of Habitat. They had attended a training together last July and were encouraged to think outside the box with regard to fundraising. On the way home, Staron came up with the idea to sponsor an exhibit featuring the works of local photographers. Hardesty jumped at the idea, and after the two talked with Anne Cornell at the Pomerene Center, the idea became a reality.

“We thought it would be interesting to have folks not involved in Habitat express what their interpretation of home would be,” said Staron. “The Pomerene Center has different supporters than Habitat and we wanted to bring the two together. Habitat depends in part on donations and gifts from the public. There still are individuals who don’t realize Habitat exists. We wanted to open up Habitat’s goal and history to these people.”

During the evening, Kathy Thompson provided musical entertainment on the piano and wine was served from local wine makers: Wines by Ernie Galajda, Wines by Carl Mesaros, Shawnee Springs, Two Gals and Some Grapes: Phyllis Cotterman and Jackie Mishler, and Canal Cargo: Jeff and Lynette Wright. Refreshments were also served. Throughout the exhibit, signs were posted explaining the mission and goal of Habitat for Humanity.

The exhibit will run through June 6.

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Category: Arts & Entertainment, Photo Galleries

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I have been employed at the Coshocton County Beacon since September 2009 as a news reporter and assistant graphic artist. I am a 2004 graduate of Newcomerstown High School and a 2008 graduate of Capital University with a bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing. I am married to John Scott and live in Newcomerstown. We have two beautiful daughters, Amelia Grace Scott and Leanna Rose Scott.

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