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Editor selling paintings to help orphans

Posted April 14, 2010 10:17 a.m. EDT

I first introduced you to WRAL assignment editor Mary Alice Boliek last July when I wrote an Inside WRAL blog about her passion for painting.

Today, I learned that she is pledging to raise $20,000 through the sale of her paintings to help the Global Orphan Project. The not-for-profit organization helps orphaned and abandoned children living in poverty around the world.

Here's some info about Mary Alice's paintings and how you can buy them to help her reach her goal:

The first of many fund raising exhibitions will take place April 17 and 18 during the Durham Art Walk. Mary Alice's paintings will be featured in the third floor lobby of the Carolina Theatre at 309 W. Morgan St. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

During the exhibition, half of the proceeds of any work sold will be donated to the Global Orphan Project. The Durham Art Walk began in 1999 as way to celebrate the creative energy of local artists. This year’s walk will include nearly 200 visual and performing artists.

Known for her colorful painting style and sweeping brush strokes, Mary Alice has chosen several pieces for the exhibit that are designed to elicit the bold emotional response she equates with her work for the Global Orphan Project.

“As artists, we create worlds of expression through our work. To be able to use that work to help create a world where children are safe is a privilege,” she said.

Mary Alice’s artwork can be viewed at

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