Local artists are working to create two new things through their craft.

Local artists are working to create two new things through their craft.

In addition to their paintings, LeAnne Henry Wright and her students are working to raise money to expand Hope House and build a playground for their facility.

Wright explained that she originally heard about the need at a church service.

“It takes a big chuck of money to do that,” she said. “Unfortunately my bank account doesn’t always match my desire to change things.”

Wright came up with the idea for 14 Hours of Hope. She worked with three students, Piper and Gus Goodson and Titus Wright, to create 14 paintings to be auctioned off on Facebook on Thursday, Feb. 14.

All of the drawings will be featured on Facebook, and will be featured in Sips Kafe from February 10-17.

Bidding will begin at 5 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 and will last 14 hours. The last hour will include a reception at Sips Kafe from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Bidders can bid in person during the reception, or they may bid through comments on the Facebook page: 14 Hours of Hope.

All proceeds will go directly to Hope House as a donation, Wright said. She explained that as soon as she has confirmation that Hope House received the donation, she will send the painting to the winning bidder.

Wright encouraged people to help – even if they don’t plan to buy a painting, by “liking” and “sharing” the 14 Hours of Hope Facebook page.

She added that she hopes this will become an annual event, and she hopes to raise enough money to help many organizations beyond Hope House.

“They should never have need,” Wright said.