Olde Centre by Preetha Suresh

Paintings by Preetha Suresh ’13 are raising money for charity

Posted by Centre News in News 03 Nov 2015

Old Centre by Preetha Suresh ’13Centre College is committed to developing citizen leaders who give back to their community, and Preetha Suresh ’13 has found a creative way to do just that by painting striking pieces of artwork and donating some of the image2proceeds to charity.

A government and Spanish major from Centre and a third-year law student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Suresh is interested in Civil Rights Law and Constitutional Law, though she said she has found painting to be an excellent creative outlet.

“I’ve been interested in art ever since I can remember,” she explains. “Even at Centre, I took an art class with Professor Judith Jia and painted banners for my sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma.”

Many of her paintings remind her of home, including ones that are Centre- and North Carolina-themed. Among her creations are paintings of Old Centre, the Flame, UNC’s Old Well and a Raleigh skyline.

Suresh was inspired to sell her paintings and donate some of the money to charity in large part because of her Centre Experience.

“My time at Centre and many classes I’ve taken in law school have shown me how important it is to support local organizations to fight poverty, hunger and homelessness,” she said.

She created the Facebook page Paintings by Preetha to auction her works. At her first sale, she raised $198, which she donated to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. Her second auction is now live through Nov. 6, and proceeds will be donated to the North Carolina Justice Center.

Additionally, two of her paintings will be auctioned by Centre’s Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity during their Favors Auction on Nov. 18, benefiting the Heart of Kentucky United Way.image3

Suresh is thankful for the positive feedback she has received during both Centre Homecoming 2015 and on her Facebook page.

“It has been an amazing experience to have so much support for these Facebook auctions from the Centre community,” she said. “I’m very thankful to Centre College for continuously reminding me how important it is to give back.”

For more information on how to bid on the paintings featured in the Favors Auction, contact Tanner Lyons at tanner.lyons@centre.edu.

Visit the Facebook page Paintings by Preetha.

Pictured: Artwork by Preetha Suresh ’13: Old Centre (above) and  the Flame (top right), which will be auctioned at the Favors Auction;  a sailboat, which will be auctioned via the Paintings for Preetha Facebook page (bottom right).

by Elise L. Murrell
November 3, 2015

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