'Boatyard' by Jim Wood will be one of the banker-turned-artist's 68 paintings offered for sale as a fundraiser for the Friends of Hospice Fund.
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'Boatyard' by Jim Wood will be one of the banker-turned-artist's 68 paintings offered for sale as a fundraiser for the Friends of Hospice Fund.

Wood again reaches out to community

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A Rocky Mount banker-turned-artist’s desire to help his community continues even after his death in the form of a benefit fundraiser next week.

The Jim Wood Memorial Art Sale will raise money for the Friends of Hospice Fund. Running from 6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Dunn Center for the Performing Arts at N.C. Wesleyan College, the sale happens alongside the opening-night reception for an exhibit of Wood’s work in the venue’s Civic Gallery, a release says.

Wood already was an accomplished artist who specialized in watercolor painting by the time he retired in 1996 from Centura Bank, where he last served as vice president and trust officer. His works can be found in many N.C. collections, including those of Boddie-Noell Enterprises, Wells Fargo and PNC banks and R.J. Reynolds; in the offices of U.S. Sen. Richard Burr; and on the covers of editions of Ducks Unlimited and Tar Heel Banker magazines.

“His painting subjects reflect a love for both home and state with characteristic and familiar North Carolina scenery and domestic hearthside still life,” the release says. “Magical vision and finding just the right pictorial elements invite the viewer to enter the world Jim has depicted.”

Eventually diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, Wood was cared for in the last weeks of his life by his wife, Kathy, and Hospice and Palliative Care of Nash General Hospital. He died Jan. 4.

The sale will offer 68 paintings, most of them watercolors but including some acrylics as well, said Everett Mayo Adelman, the gallery’s director. Of the sale’s proceeds, 30 percent will be donated to the Friends of Hospice Fund, the release says.

The elusive nature of such sales makes it impossible to set a fundraising goal.

“With an art sale, you want to sell as many pieces as you can. ... I wish we could do something like that,” Adelman said, referring to a set goal.

The fund supports the hospital’s hospice program by, among other things, providing families in need with medicine and medical equipment not covered through regular hospice service and underwriting training for hospice staff.

The exhibit of Wood’s works continues through Dec. 2. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. For information, call Adelman at 985-5268.

For information about the sale, call 962-8124.

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