It’s a Food Drive..Baby!!!

CANCA brings fun and creativity to encourage people to donate.

Come join the fun on Saturday, October 20, 2012 from 1-6pm. This truly unique fundraising event and canned food drive, presented in partnership with Over the Falls Deli, will inspire creativity, encourage social connectivity and create a positive impact in our community. This year’s theme is in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of SPAM®. Participants and attendees are encouraged to compete for prizes and donate canned goods which will go directly to Tri Area Ministries and possibly other local food banks. The event will take place in downtown Wake Forest at 416 South Brooks Street, Renaissance Plaza.

Activities will include SPAM carving contests, bowling games, SPAM toss competitions, children’s activities and more. Live entertainment, local food vendors and Wake Forest’s very own White Street Brewing Co. will be on site to ensure a full day of fun and Over the Falls Deli will offer their own SPAM inspired dishes for your dining pleasure. A portion of proceeds raised by all vendors will be donated toward the event and it’s mission.

CANARAMA is free but attendees are encouraged to donate canned goods to the event for Tri Area Ministries food pantry. Food scraps from various SPAM contests will be donated to Valley Proteins, an organization that will reuse the waste in various beneficial ways such as biofuels and biodiesel feed stock.

More detailed information about CANARAMA 2012 activities, sponsorships, volunteer opportunities, visit

Any persons wishing to contact CANCA representatives immediately, may email:
info {at} canca {dot} org



Heritage HS art students create a huge “mark” on the school wall!


Pictured in photo is Tom Dowd, manager of Jerry’s Artarama. Tom is approximately 6′ tall (I’m guessing). The mural is 8′ wide by 12′ high.

Heritage High School fine art teacher, Tarrah Huff, came up with the idea of a high school mural while completing her requirements for her Masters Degree. The school, being just two years old, had freshly painted walls and lots of room to play. The entrance led directly toward the cafeteria where student would be most relaxed while conversing about the days gone by or the weeks ahead. Tarrah’s idea of a mural would brighten the walls adding school spirit, a sense of pride and accomplishment  for the students and faculty.

CANCA helped to encourage the students imagination and bring the project into the community. By carrying two of the panels to a major event, children and people of all ages were able to take part in the painting and may later go to the school to see their work up in lights.

Jerry’s Artarama donated the canvas, paint and other materials and Tom Dowd, manager of Jerry’s Artarama and Lauri Arntsen, founder of CANCA were present for the unveiling on Saturday evening, May 6th. Also present were Mr. Savage, Principal of Heritage High School and Tarrah Huff, Art Teacher at Heritage High School as well as the students, faculty and parents.

“This is a wonderful addition”, commented Mr. Savage. “There are plenty more blank walls around here”.

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Collaborative Arts is what we are all about!


A couple of us CANCA artists (and I do mean a couple) have gotten involved in another collaborative art project. This time it’s a contest created by a few other artists that must’ve had us on their minds as it’s a perfect example of a project we’d like to bring to fruition under CANCA. However, since someone beat us to it, we’ll come up with something else. Anyway, if I’ve interested you at all, you may read about our project at