Sister duo uses art to raise funds to help flood victims in EKY

Bowling Green Sisters assist flood victims through art
Published: Aug. 10, 2022 at 10:51 PM CDT
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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - 17-year-old Chaney Genter, a junior at Bowling Green High School, is using her artistic ability to help families in Eastern Kentucky who have been affected by flooding.

“As soon as I heard about the flooding, I automatically wanted to help,” said Chaney Genter. “I hated knowing that there were these people that were going to lose their houses, and that it was just, it just was heartbreaking.”

To help, Chaney started Art for Eastern Kentucky.

“I recently graduated GSA, which is Governor’s School for the Arts, and one of the major things they taught you there was to use your art for good,” she said.

While Chaney is the artist, her sister Sarah Kate Genter manages the business aspect of Art for Eastern Kentucky.

“This was just a really good opportunity to be able to pay it forward and help them like they’ve helped us and makes it even easier because she can do something she loves,” said Sarah Kate, who helps manage the social media accounts.

The sisters say the success their small business has had is unbelievable.

“I was gonna be impressed if we raised like $200-$250, and then now we’re at over $2000 and we’re shocked,” said Sarah Kate. “I’m so excited that we could raise this much money.”

“As Kentuckians we have a duty to help each other and then kind of stick together,” said Chaney.

Chaney’s artwork varies, but also includes well-known Kentucky landmarks, such as Churchill Downs.

The Genter sisters said they’re grateful to be able to help, but also to be able to go on this adventure together.

“This has been really fun just getting to hang out more and do something just for us,” said Sarah Kate. But then also we’re helping so many different people, and it’s just a win-win for everyone.”

The Genter sisters send a message for those in Eastern Kentucky.

“We see you and we know you’re hurting, and while we hate that, we hope that what we can do will help,” said Sarah Kate.

To purchase a piece of artwork or make a request, you can send The Genter sisters a message on Instagram, at @artforeasternky or finding them on Facebook at Art for Eastern Kentucky.

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