Artists take over Hampton in support of human rights foundation
Hampton resident John Peters Humphrey drafted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Various artists will be in Hampton this weekend painting, sculpting and creating art for an auction in support of human rights.
The community's Bloomin' Artists event takes place every two years, with artists taking their inspiration from various parts of the Kings County town.
At the end, their creations, which include paintings, sculptures, poetry, textiles and jewelry, are auctioned off.
Proceeds go to the town's John Peters Humphrey Foundation, which was set up to promote human rights and to honour Humphrey's legacy – a legal scholar who worked at the United Nations and drafted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which the General Assembly adopted in 1948.
"We do seven designated gardens that artists will be going to," said Georgie Day, co-chair of Bloomin' Artists.
"Other than that they can go to the river, they can go to sites, the town square."
Each work of art is unique, since each artist sees something different that inspires them around town, Day added.
"It's just endless, the variety," she said. "They might find an old shed, they might find an old stump, they might find an old house through the woods."
Once the pieces are complete, they'll be put up for auction at the Hampton River Centre.
The art usually goes for between $50 and $100, said Day, with auctions taking place at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.