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behind the counter | 2012 83 Kristofer Neely I f you find a guardian angel on a walk down a paintings in honor of my grandmother, who had Spartanburg trail, take it. It’s yours. memory loss,” says Neely. He honored another Artist Kristofer Neely believes in giving back by personal connection with last year’s cash donation giving his art wings. His angel paintings not only to the Spartanburg Interfaith Hospitality Network 1040 Fernwood-Glendale Road., sell at divine speed, but they appear at exhibits in Center (SPIHN), a community-wide church program Suite 34 serving the homeless. The program’s day center Spartanburg unlikely places, on trails, and at charity events. is named for Neely’s late brother, Erik, whose 864.252.7707 Neely’s most well-known project was in 2007, when newspaper articles highlighted the homeless. he hid 120 original paintings on walking and biking trails for the Artist-in-Transit Project. The project Neely’s current exhibit in the Converse College Wellness Center features 30 interactive angel Art was a hit, and Neely still hides art around town, free for the taking. paintings. The show opened the day Neely finalized his daughter’s adoption. Neely and his wife have Neely’s Guardians comfort clients at the Alzheimer’s adopted two children, and are expecting their first Association’s memory garden. “I donated my biological child in March. Photograph by: Carri Bass