Women in Business highlights the arts and connections – Salisbury Post

Women in Business highlights the arts and connections

Published Sunday 13 November 2022 00:00

By Brad Dountz

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SALISBURY — The Rowan County Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business program hosted a monthly event at the Center for Faith & the Arts on Thursday evening.

The group’s meetings are designed to support local businesswomen and have been helping them to network with others in the area for more than 10 years.

“These events are very popular because the companies and organizations see this as an opportunity to bring in some people who wouldn’t normally come to your company or organization,” said Elaine Spalding, president of the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce. “It’s great business networking, professional development, anything we can do to support our local business community and encourage everyone to shop local.”

Many businesswomen attended the event to meet, exchange contact information and learn from each other. There was a raffle with great prizes and plenty of food and drink for those present.

Partnering with the Center for Faith & the Arts, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting arts in the community, also helped showcase female artists. Grants help fund work with other local nonprofit organizations.

“It’s a great opportunity for the women who are in the chamber to learn all about what the Center for Faith & the Arts is all about because many of us have never been to this place before,” said Donna Groce, Rowan County Chamber of Chairman of the Trade Ambassadors Committee.

Most of the artwork on display has been intentionally damaged to show how artists should let go of their ego and follow the belief that art is spiritual and emotional rather than purely physical.

“Each piece is based on a moral question that we should ask ourselves as artists and the second meaning of that was not trying to control the art and knowing that it lives within you. Even if your work is destroyed. Even if you lose it, be it through circumstance or whatever, you shouldn’t stop creating from the grief of it because you are the art. It comes from you, you are an endless well,” said Shane Menier, visual artist-in-residence for the Center for Faith & the Arts.

Some people come to the events because they see the value in building these types of relationships and what that means for them and others.

“The first thing I did when I got to Salisbury was find the Chamber of Commerce,” said Elsie Smoluk, a representative for PPLSI with the LegalShield and IDShield brands. “I’ve been a businesswoman for over 40 years and have always enjoyed working with and supporting other women. When I saw that there actually is a component of the chamber that focuses on women in business, I was thrilled.”

You can attend next month’s event to see for yourself what’s going on. “If you’re interested in finding people who are like-minded and support you, this is a great place,” she said.

During the event, people laughed and exchanged business cards.

Shane Menier said the community helped physically destroy some of these artworks.

Menier’s partner personally helped destroy this painting, which criticizes the commercial image of Jesus Christ.

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