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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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