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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 www.wetpaintsyndrome.com
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