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Art helps TP Library raise funds

Jessica Cross | The Advocate & Democrat
Canvas artwork, like the pieces pictured, by Tellico Plains High School art students will be sold at
the Candlelight Walk to raise money for the Tellico Plains Public Library. Pictured, left to right,
Friends of the Tellico Plains Library Treasurer Joyce McDaniel, Tellico Plains High School Art
Teacher Christy Yearwood, Sonia Harris with Volunteer Federal Savings and Loan, and Phyllis
Peel with Citizens National Bank. Not pictured: Dora Debety, Peoples Bank of East TN.
Published: 12:28 PM, 11/27/2013 Last updated: 12:29 PM, 11/27/2013

Author: Jessica Cross
Source: The Monroe County Advocate

TELLICO PLAINS-Still on the search for the perfect Christmas gifts? Students at Tellico Plains High School may have what you're looking for.

As one of their many projects, the school's art classes have been creating canvas art and donating it to the Tellico Plains Library. The Friends of the Tellico Plains Library will use the canvas art pieces as a fundraiser for the library, with plans to sell the artwork at the annual Candlelight Walk, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7, from 4 to 9 p.m. in downtown Tellico Plains.

The canvas artwork varies in design, as each student developed their own ideas. There's an ecliptic mix of flowers, scenery, quotations and patterns. There's even something for sports' fans; An orange and white polka dot piece reads, "I love God, sweet tea and the SEC." Another highlights the town's own in maroon and white.

Art teacher Christy Yearwood said the project was fun for the students.

"We loved it," she said. "Hopefully we'll get to do it again next year."

Volunteer Federal Savings and Loan, Citizens National Bank and Peoples Bank of East TN sponsored the project, donating funds for all the supplies.

At least 40 pieces will be sold at the annual holiday event in a location to be determined.

Candles will illuminate the streets of downtown Tellico Plains during the Candlelight Walk, lighting the way for visitors. The event features a Cookie Caper, Gingerbread House and Christmas Decoration contests, wagon rides, vendors, appearances from the Grinch and Santa Claus, a Victorian showcase, open houses in downtown businesses, a silent auction and more. The annual event is sponsored by the Cherokee Women's Club.

Look for a detailed story on the upcoming Candlelight Walk in an upcoming edition of The Advocate & Democrat.

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