Local art helps gather Food for Soul

Work from four local artists was available for purchase at the event. (WCIV)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- There was a good selection of art, food samples and plenty of opportunity to make a difference in the parking lot in front of the West Ashley Earth Fare Saturday.

The parking lot of Windemere Plaza was the temporary home to the Food for the Soul event - an opportunity to buy great art from local artists, enjoy food samples and help raise funds for the Lowcountry Food Bank.

The event was the brainchild of local photographer Michael Kaynard, who said it came to him when he was having dinner with a friend.

"He was telling me how the shelves at his church's food bank were low," Kaynard said. "I put my burger down."

Kaynard gathered local artists with specialties in four different art forms, and the event was born. He hopes it will grow and that other artists will want to become involved. He hopes to make the Food for the Soul event a regular fundraiser. In addition to helping the local good bank, he said he hopes it will also showcase local artists.

"As you build awareness, more and more people will come," he said. "I want to continue doing this, and hopefully the artists that are with me will continue to do it. Or, maybe some other people might want to do it too. Maybe other businesses will see what we are doing and will invite us to set up at their business and show our work. Because, when you buy local art, you are buying local too."

The event ended at 3 p.m., and a percentage of every item sold will be donated to Lowcountry Food Bank.

For Kaynard, it doesn't stop there. Starting next month, 20 percent of every artwork he sells will be donated to the food bank. He said he will share his profit for two months. He also plans to donate a photo of a West Ashley sunset for an auction.

According to a press release from the Lowcountry Food Bank, donations are in high demand. With children out of school during the summer months, low-income parents are often forced to make the difficult decision between putting food on the table and basic necessities. Every dollar donated allows the Lowcountry Food Bank to create 10 meals for those experiencing hunger.

Other local artists participating in Saturday's event were Gazie Nagle, Russell Buskirk and Debbie Daniels.