ZEBULON — Cary artist Jerry Miller has been drawing historic buildings all over the state for the past 40 or 50 years. He’s been to the coast and to the mountains, from Wake County to Mecklenburg County.
This month, as a fundraiser for the local Lions Club, Miller will finally illustrate a historic building in Zebulon: the town hall.
To help the local Lions Club chapter, Miller will be creating prints of a drawing of Zebulon’s Town Hall building. He’ll also present a larger watercolor version of the drawing to Mayor Robert Matheny.
The Zebulon Lions Club helps people in need get eye exams and eyeglasses and serve as a general resource for people who have vision impairments.
Lions Club president Jeff Price said the fundraiser is a win-win situation and benefits everyone involved.
“What we really want to achieve out of this is obviously get money to support the projects for the people in town, but also heighten interest in the historic structure itself,” he said. “We thought it would actually publicize the town more in a positive light.”
Miller said he’s done individual, contracted illustrations of personal properties in Zebulon, but the closest historic site he’s drawn has been the post office in Wendell.
On his way to speak at an event for the Lions Club, he saw the subject of his upcoming piece.
“I was just riding around (Zebulon) and I saw this beautiful building and I was really taken away with the style of architecture,” Miller said.
Miller said he spent 65 hours creating the drawing. Based on Price’s estimations of how much the club’s annual programming costs, it could help fund almost a year’s worth of the club’s programs.
There will be 100 prints of Miller’s drawing. The first 10 prints will sell for $150 and will be signed and framed by Miller. The rest will be signed, but not framed. They will cost $50.
According to Price, the Lions Club’s programs and events throughout the year cost anywhere from $20,000-$25,000. In addition to the traditional pancake breakfast, the club provides three $1,000 scholarships for high school seniors and participates in statewide events.
In the past, the club has sold numbered calendars. When chosen, the owner of the calendar would win a set amount of money from the Club.
Price said it was time to try something new that was less about soliciting people and more about appealing to what they may already want.
“(Miller’s) not out here to sell raffle tickets, its actually people who want to purchase the print,” Price said.
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