Art show helps students
 

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Poplar Grove Plantation was attracting more than peanut lovers this weekend. The plantation opened its gates to the Hampstead Art Show, and people were nuts about it.

They were nuts about the unique jewelery, pottery and wine tasting, but also the cause. Creative Artists of Hampstead think budget cuts in schools are hurting students. Teachers are spending their own money on limited supplies. Gerry Nelson, co-chair of the art show, thinks that this is a major problem.

"First of all, many of them are creative and if they don't have a chance to realize it," she said. "They're never going to fulfill that creativity. Unfortunately the budget cuts tend to be in the arts. They don't cut sports. Arts and music; that type of thing."

Proceeds from the art show go to Pender County Schools. Nelson and Hampstead Artists hope that their donations will make a difference for students interested in art and music. Nelson also hopes her donations will keep teachers from digging into their own pockets.

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This is a great organization and production. Over the past year, my youngest son has joined the school band. My wife and I have seen tremendous results in his school work since he joined the band. I researched this phenomenon and there is numerous studies proving the advantages of art and the impact it has in other areas of life. However, now the school is making budget cuts and the band is at risk of being cut. I don't want to see this happen because music has done so much for my son. He really enjoys it and I'm happy he's happy and also doing better in school. I wish the school had something like this. Any advice about how to get things started?