The Alpha Xi Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha International will sell raffle tickets for an original watercolor painting donated by local artist Gail Peppers during the month of September.
The painting will be exhibited at the Alpha Xi booth at the South Arkansas Community College Outdoor Expo on Sept. 12, where tickets may be purchased for $5. All of the proceeds from the raffle will benefit the SouthArk Foundation Alpha Xi Endowed Scholarship.
The 36-inch-by-36-inch framed watercolor piece was custom-framed at Hampton Frame and Art in Hampton.
Peppers is a respected local watercolor artist who said that she “likes to paint the things I see around me with photographic clarity.” Some of her past works include paintings in the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission calendar, and poster artist for the World Championship Duck Calling Contest as well as private collections.
Peppers said “Working on the ‘Sunflowers’ painting gave me great pleasure in knowing it is a way to help our community and ESA.”
Epsilon Sigma Alpha is a leadership service organization with approximately 10,000 members and 1,200 chapters in the United States and abroad. It offers its members leadership training, education and fellowship to assist and enhance their local and national philanthropic work.
“Our chapter members like to have fun in raising money for the various charities we support. Some of the projects we raise money for are St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, El Dorado Boys and Girls Club, UCAPS, Turning Point Violence Intervention, Life Touch Hospice, Salvation Army, Hope Landing, Easter Seals, Hannah Medical Center, Habitat for Humanity and many others,” Alpha Xi member Ann Southall said.” “Our endowed scholarship for SouthArk students is one of our philanthropic projects and we are proud that we can support students who want to get their education close to home.”
The $5 raffle tickets may be purchased during the month of September from any Alpha Xi member, at Cook's Jewelry or Anthony Forest, or at the Alpha Xi booth at Outdoor Expo. The drawing will be on Sept. 30.