United Ministries announces 2018 holiday honor card art by Linda Furman. For over twenty years, United Ministries has asked a local artist to create a piece of artwork that includes a sense of the holidays, a sense of poverty, and a Greenville scene. The artwork is turned into a beautiful holiday greeting card that can be used to honor family, friends, clients, or colleagues. A donation made in someone’s honor to United Ministries also honors someone in our community who truly needs the kind of support the gift provides.
This year’s artist, Linda Furman, is a lifelong resident of Greenville with a few short stints living elsewhere. Linda graduated from Greenville High School, attended Queens College in Charlotte, studied for a short time at UNC-Chapel Hill and graduated with a BA in Studio Art from Furman University. She describes acrylics, collages, alcohol inks and pastels as her favorite mediums. Linda is a member of The SC Water Media Society and Studio South. Her studio is at 547 Perry Ave, in West Greenville and it is usually open for First Fridays and Open Studios.
Linda says, “My painting is all about the Village of West Greenville, the poverty that still exists there and hope for the future. The two young girls actually are real people who nicely posed for me on a hot May Day. I wanted to show the friendship between these two little girls who are both different and very much alike. Brandon Mill is shown in the background. Even though the days of textile superiority are gone, this part of Greenville has morphed into a vibrant place to live and work. This “morphing” has happened because a lot of good creative people have tackled problems and worked hard to make miracles happen.”
Thousands of Greenville County residents seek second chances at United Ministries each year. United Ministries is able to provide life-changing opportunities through integrated services in education and employment, crisis assistance, and homeless services.
“Now, more than ever, it is important that we care for God’s children in need. United Ministries' holiday honor cards really capture the spirit of the season. They have become a valued tradition for many, a premier way to express appreciation to family members and friends while helping United Ministries foster transformation through service and empowerment,” says Tony McDade, executive director.
United Ministries can customize cards for orders of 100 or more. To learn more or view art from previous years, please visit www.united-ministries.org/honor-cards/.