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Second Mojo Art Sale Begins Today in East Wheeling

Photo by Shelley Hanson Executive Director Kate Marshall holds a basket made by a fair trade partner. These items and those made by local artists will be on sale during the Mojo Art Sale set for 4-9 p.m. today and Saturday at the Mother Jones Center for Resilient Community, 88 14th St., Wheeling.

A local charitable organization is holding an art sale starting today, aimed at bolstering its coffers used to help budding artists and youth in the community.

The Mother Jones Center for Resilient Community, 88 14th St., is set to host its second annual Mojo Art Sale from 4-9 p.m. today and Saturday. The center is located across the street from the old Scottish Rite building.

The sale will feature works created by a variety of local artists, in addition to items made by “fair trade” vendors the group works with.

Executive Director Kate Marshall said the center, which opened in 2020, had to hold its first art sale online last year because of COVID-19 concerns. This year’s sale will be in person, with shoppers getting to see and purchase the works on site.

“We have a lot of local artists as well as products that were made at the Mojo,” Marshall said. “We also have fair trade items as we also work with other companies from around the world that support communities facing poverty issues, and have experiences that we can relate to as well.”

Marshall said the sale helps raise funds for the center and also helps the artists.

“It’s a fundraiser for the Mojo and it provides opportunities for artistic expression and helps local artists venture into entrepreneurship, to create products and sell them throughout the year,” she said.

Santa Claus will also be on hand to visit with children and take photographs. Local musicians will also be playing festive music.

The center is open from noon to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday for walk-in visits from the community. It also holds a variety of weekly classes and workshops including: 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays is an open sewing class; 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays is an open art night; noon to 8 p.m. Wednesdays is chess clinic with open play and mentoring from noon to 2 p.m.; and from 5-7 p.m. Thursdays are wood carving or whittling.

“We have other workshops and the rest are scheduled, from stained glass to music to screen printing and more,” she said. “The center has five art studios that provide resources to the community. … We believe art should be for all.”

The center is also used by groups and schools to pursue projects, too.

In addition to the art sale, the center will have a Mercy Tree set up containing ornaments that people can pick containing ways to give even bigger or more specific gifts, such as instruments or a donation to help people attend workshops.

“Our last show was a great success. We’re hoping for the same with this event,” she said.

Marshall said the majority of the center’s workshop or class leaders are those who started out as visitors to the center. After some coaching from local teachers they have become art instructors themselves.

“It’s really becoming a community hub. … We’re excited to see how it transforms our community,” Marshall said.

Marshall noted the fundraiser will also help the center reach its goal of owning its building. It is making payments towards its purchase from the current owner, Laughlin Memorial Chapel.

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