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Hearing and Speech Foundation raises $3,300 at art sale

More than $3,300 was raised during an art show at the Capitol Theatre featuring Blount County artist Rara Schlitt.

The Nov. 13 fundraiser for the Hearing and Speech Foundation drew more than 75 people. The artist donated more than 50 paintings to be sold at the show.

The Hearing and Speech Foundation provides hearing aids and speech service to those in need. Foundation executive director Megan Venable Smith was pleased with the turnout at the event.

“It really went well. We raised through painting sales and donations over $3,300, and we only had 13 paintings left out of 55,” she said.

Smith said that while about 75 people attended the event, several individuals bought more than one painting. “One woman came in and picked out four, so we had a lot of people buying multiple paintings,” Smith said. “It was lots of fun. We’re going to do it again next year and incorporate more artists.”

RaRa Schlitt echoed Smith’s thoughts on the success of the event. “It went great. I’ll have to admit I didn’t know a lot of people coming it, and I thought, ‘That’s probably a good thing.’ Megan did a great job of setting it up and getting the word out to come in and help folks who need it.”

Schlitt said she got several phone messages from people who were so glad to support the foundation. It was humbling, she said, to see such a positive response to her work.

“I just really love doing art,” she said. “To know other people get enjoyment out of it is real gratifying. Every time I paint, I try to think, ‘Someone may put this in their living room. I need to see what I can to do to add to this.’”

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