St. Peter’s annual fundraiser, Art Pray Love, will be 6-9 p.m. Jan. 26 in the church’s Parish Hall.

Proceeds will be used to purchase medical supplies for a miss trip to Guatemala.

“This event raises money through artwork sales, silent auction items, bottles of wine and the handicrafts in the Guatemalan Marketplace,” organizer Marilyn Rishkofski said.

She said the church had a closing reception for artist Sheila Parsons on Saturday “to admire” Parsons’ more than 30 works of art, “including oil paintings, watercolor paintings and works using mixed media.”

Parsons also spoke of her experiences as an artist and teacher in Guatemala at the reception.

Rishkofski said the Art Pray Love 2019 fundraiser is “very important to the success of the Guatemala medical mission.”

St. Peter’s is located at 925 Mitchell St. in Conway.

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General information

Planning for the 2019 Art Pray Love Art Show and Sale began in September 2018. This fundraiser is held annually at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and helps purchase medical supplies for a spring mission trip to Guatemala. As in previous years, this event helps fund the mission trip through sales of tickets, artwork, silent auction items, a wine pull and Guatemalan handicrafts.

Art Pray Love is scheduled for January 26, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 9 PM and is located in the Church Parish Hall.The price of each ticket is $30. Ages 5-11 pay half price. Ages 4 and under are free. Marianne Black heads the mission team which travels to the rural areas of Western Guatemala to provide clinics for people who live in extreme poverty and suffer from a lack of access to health care. Last year over 20 people traveled to Guatemala, at their own expense, to fulfill these needs.

Dr Doug Stroud heads the clinic group that provides a clinical setting, usually within the Episcopal Churches in the area, were the team completes eye examinations and fits over 400 people with eyeglasses or sunglasses. They also provide clothing for children. The team provides examinations for at least 500 patients and gives them appropriate medications to manage acute infections and a variety of medical problems.

The surgical team provides nasal and sinus surgeries at St. Francis Hospital and Orphanage in Putan. Dr. Stroud, an anesthesiologist and several operating room nurses complete a number of surgeries in this small rural hospital.

Event features

Art Show and Sale:

The kick off for Art Pray Love begins on Jan. 25 at 10 a.m. with the artists bringing their artwork to the Parish Hall and arranging their displays on the walls and tables provided. Later that evening the Art Pray Love committee and special guests will gather in the Parish Hall for the “Meet the Artists Dinner’” to exchange art stories, while viewing amazing artwork. Mission leaders Marianne Black and Dr. Doug Stroud share experiences from past trips which further connect Art Pray Love to the wonderful people of Guatemala.

The big event begins on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 6 p.m.

The lobby of St. Peter’s will be transformed into the reception area where you can purchase tickets, and learn more about the mission trip from past missioners to Guatemala. Literature and photos which they have brought back from their trips to Guatemala will be on display. As you make your way to the Parish Hall through a walkway of colorful lights we will have outdoor displays of garden sculpture. The beautiful labyrinth will be lit with flickering candles. Follow the laughter, and smell of delicious food to the Parish Hall. You will find Artwork on the walls, tables loaded with great silent auction items, a fabulous wine and whiskey pull and of course delicious food.

Silent Auction items will range from beautifully hand-painted furniture, special dinners, gift certificates and much more.

At the back of the hall, attendees can purchase tickets for the ever-popular wine and whiskey pull.

If a quiet moment is needed, the Chapel adjoining the Parish Hall will be open as a resting area. Harpist Pat Qualls will be providing music throughout the evening in the Chapel.

Artists are invited to show and sell their artwork in the Parish Hall.