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Afghan story inspires Chatham art exhibit and auction

Posted Tuesday, March 8, 2005

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Pittsboro, N.C. - Paintings, drawings, photography, mosaic, textiles and metal sculpture based on the Afghan novel, “The Kite Runner,” are among 30 new works by Chatham County artists now on exhibit through March 30 in historic downtown Pittsboro. All pieces in the show will be sold through a silent auction at Fearrington Village on April 2.

The bestselling book, by Afghan writer Khaled Hosseini, is this year’s selection for the Chatham County Community Read Program, sponsored by the Friends of the Pittsboro Memorial Library.

“The Kite and Veil” show – one of many activities associated with the community reading program -- is on display in two locations: Pittsboro Memorial Library (158 West St.) and ChathamArts gallery (115 Hillsborough St.). Library hours are Monday, Wednesday-Friday 10-6; Tuesday 10-8, and Saturday 9-5; ChathamArts hours are Wed-Sat 11-5.

Exhibit art works will be available for sale through a silent auction at the Fearrington Barn on Saturday April 2 from 10 to 11 a.m. Proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Pittsboro Memorial Library and ChathamArts.

Immediately after the viewing and auction, Hosseini will read and discuss his book. Fearrington Village is located on U.S. 15-501 midway between Pittsboro and Chapel Hill.

Participating artists include Tim Bennett, Shannon Bueker, Sally Erickson, Lyle Estill, Jennifer Gillis, Carl Granath, Katherine Ladd, Judith Peterson, Bonnie Vargo and more.

“The Kite Runner,” the first Afghan novel to be written in English, tells the unforgettable story of an unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant. Set in war-torn Afghanistan since the 1970s, the story is about Afghan culture (including kite contests and veiled women), class and ethnicity, betrayal and redemption, and the power of family secrets.

For information on the exhibit, silent auction, author reading and other activities associated with the Community Read Program, see the Friends of the Pittsboro Memorial Library website at www.beachsite.com/friends/ or Chatham Arts at www.chathamarts.org, tel (919) 542-0394.

 
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