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First Thursday: Support the WCA at Art Source Gallery

A portion of the proceeds go to the Women's and Children's Alliance

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More than 50 pieces of artwork—including photography, painting and sculpture—by 37 local artists will be for sale on First Thursday at Art Source Gallery (1015 W. Main St.). Of each piece sold, 30 percent of the proceeds will benefit the Women's and Children's Alliance.

Lisa Bower, artist and Art Source advertising manager, said this is the first time the gallery has used a juried show to raise funds for a local nonprofit. All of the artists who submitted work created using the theme "Metamorphosis."

"'Metamorphosis' was a symbolic gesture of transformation, which is what the WCA does for women and children," Bower said. "We were looking for community involvement and wanted to raise awareness for the kind of communication art can bring."

Some artwork interprets the theme literally, like a photograph of a wilting flower with a broken stem alongside another flower brightly blooming. Others, like a painting by Theresa Burkes, hides a self portrait beneath a QR scan code—leaving the viewer to ponder its metamorphic connection.

The First Thursday event runs 5-9 p.m. with music by cellist Rachel Nettles. A second fundraising event, which also benefits the WCA, happens Thursday, Jan. 14, 6-9 p.m., features acoustic music from Rocci Johnson and Friends as well as live and silent auctions and a raffle. Indian Creek Winery will pour wine at both events.