Fuquay-Varina Downtown and Open Art Society have partnered for a second series of Pop! Fuquay-Varina Downtown installations. The theme of this series is love, and it features seven storefront window installations from local artists. It’s on display through May 2015.
Each Pop! Fuquay-Varina installation has a theme that relates to the towns of Fuquay and Varina. Open Arts Society founder Jessica Moore says, “The Love Story goes something like this: As was custom in the day, a young woman named Virginia Arey sent anonymous support letters to soldiers fighting in the Civil War which she signed ‘Varina.’ Intrigued by his correspondence with the young school teacher from Fayetteville, JD Ballentine visited her upon his return from the war. Romance blossomed, they married, and Ballentine brought her to live in his hometown of Fuquay Springs. Sometime later, JD Ballentine named his mercantile and post office in honor of his wife, whom he still called Varina. When the Durham and Southern Rail came through the area, they named their depot Varina Station, thus the Varina in Fuquay-Varina was born.”
Pop! Fuquay-Varina Downtown started last fall and was the first of its kind in Wake County. Naomi Riley, executive director at Fuquay-Varina Downtown, invited Open Art Society to produce the series as a way to introduce temporary public art to the downtown districts and complement existing arts programs like En Plein Air Paint Off and Art After Dark second Friday art walk.
Open Art Society is an L3C based in the Piedmont region of NC and works with artists to produce art everywhere for everyone. The LOVE series of Pop! was produced by artist Helen Seebold. Fuquay-Varina Downtown is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the thriving business and residential historic districts of Fuquay-Varina. They promote preservation, educate the public, support the business environment and grow community.