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Student's Artwork Benefits Local United Way

(Left) Student Zach Gurganus presents a painting he donated to help raise funds for the United Way to Norma Manning, a secretary/receptionist with PCC's Financial Aid Department. (Right) Student Felicia Atkinson, left, receives the Gurganus painting she won as part of the college's United Way fundraiser from Melissa Adamson, Community Impact Director for the United Way of Pitt County.

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College freshman Zach Gurganus recently donated two of his paintings to benefit the college’s 2013 United Way fundraising campaign.

According to Tabitha Miller, a PCC instructor who chaired this year’s United Way fundraising effort at Pitt, a drawing was held on campus for Gurganus’ artwork. Miller said PCC employee Norma Manning took home one of the paintings, while student Felicia Atkinson won the other.

“I was happy to donate my work to the United Way and hope the money it helped to raise will benefit people in this community,” Gurganus said.

Zach, the son of Winterville’s Ronnie and Deborah Gurganus, is eventually planning to transfer to East Carolina University’s School of Fine Arts to major in painting.

“Art is my life,” he said. “I have to paint; it is my reason for living.”

The 20-year-old Gurganus said that once he has completed a Master of Fine Arts at ECU, he would like to move to Milan, Italy to further his art studies.

“Milan is the center of the art world in so many different aspects,” he said. “I want to experience art in every facet I can.”

Gurganus described his style of painting as ‘abstract realism.’ His work has been displayed at Emerge Gallery, Art Avenue, Overland Gallery, The Greenville Museum of Art, UBE Art, and Tipsy Teapot.

Currently, Gurganus is illustrating a children’s book, “Percy the Plain,” to be published in the spring.