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North Gwinnett Arts creates new scholarship, hosts fundraiser

SUWANEE -- Rosemary Benavides-Williams passed away in June. She was known for her artistic abilities in Gwinnett County.

As a way to honor the late creative mind, the North Gwinnett Arts Association is hosting its first Fall Fundraiser to benefit the Rosemary Benavides-Williams Scholarship Fund Saturday at Suwanee Town Center.

The scholarship fund has been designed for graduating seniors to study art in college.

"Please help us support the community by attending the fundraiser and pass the news to anyone you know who is interested in the arts or has children graduating or near graduation from high school," Patty Wessels of NGAA said.

The event start at the Artists' Open Studio -- Unit 6B Charleston Market Place where NGAA members will demonstrate their painting skills and sell small gift items.

The group then travels through several Town Center businesses for a scavenger hunt, which ends at Shear Elegances Hair Salon for mini chair massages and hair consultations. Food and wine will be served at the artists' studio and salon, and attendees have a chance to bid on raffle items and receive goody bags.

"Rosemary, local artist and NGAA member, was near and dear to everyone who knew her," said the event's website. "Her unique spirit and hearty outlook on life meant she made friends wherever she went. Rosemary believed in the NGAA. She spoke her mind, participated in the arts to the fullest and made a treasured impression that those who knew her will always remember."

Tickets are $15 in advance and at the door. The fundraiser runs from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit ngaa4arts.com.