Have a HeART! art show to benefit CEC set for Oct. 11 | PostIndependent.com

Have a HeART! art show to benefit CEC set for Oct. 11

By Thomas Keefe, a CEC board member.
Submitted by CEC |


WHAT: Have a HeArt for the Community Art Show

WHEN: 4-9 p.m. Fri., Oct. 11

WHERE: Clarion Inn, 755 Horizon Dr.

COST: Admission is free; bring cash for bar and art purchases

INFO: http://www.cecwecare.org

No plans for date night? We’ve got you covered.

Get a head start on holiday shopping with your honey this Friday, Oct. 11., at Grand Junction’s ninth annual Have a HeArt for the Community Art Show. It’s set from 4-9 p.m. at the Clarion Inn on Horizon Drive.

Admission is free, event organizer Mary Cornforth Cawood said; just be sure to bring cash for cocktails and fine art available for purchase. There will be appetizers and a photo booth, too.

Proceeds from the art show will benefit Counseling and Education Center, a local nonprofit specializing in low-income counseling for the under- and uninsured.

Cawood noted more than 20 artists will be displaying their work in a variety of mediums — photography, lavender, fiber arts, watercolors, the list goes on. The price range for art is $6 to $150.

“For the first time, we’ll be having a youth art show,” she added. “Students are from Independence Academy; it’s a District 51 charter school.”

Watercolor paintings by Sister Faye Huelsmann, co-founder of CEC, will also be available for purchase.

“Our mission was always to provide counseling for those who couldn’t afford it,” Huelsmann said. “We’re just lucky to have this event. It’s always a lot of fun.”

In 1981, Huelsmann moved to Grand Junction with Sister Pat Lewter from Montrose, “providing counseling to anyone in need regardless of ability to pay,” a CEC news release said. “The Sisters are still active at CEC and continue to counsel some of our community’s most vulnerable populations.”

According to Cawood, fundraisers like this one are fundamentally important to CEC because mental-health services are sorely needed throughout the Grand Valley, especially for those strained by the “vulnerable economy.”

“Last year, with sponsor and artist sales (25 percent of art sales are donated), we raised more than $10,000,” she said. “That money helped almost 30 families and children. It really makes an impact.”

“We’ve been around for 33 years,” Cawood continued. “We have no eligibility requirements, and a sliding scale fee for pay. We’re also one of a few agencies doing play therapy for young children.”

In 2012, CEC served 435 low-income individuals, and so far in 2013 it has assisted 300 people.

For more information about CEC’s services, visit http://www.cecwecare.org or call 970-243-9539.

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