The Orangeburg County Fine Arts Center was busy painting hubcaps earlier this week as it prepared to kick off its renovation fundraiser at Taste of Orangeburg on Sunday, Oct. 22.

The art project, "A Community Blooming in Love," takes recycled objects like hubcaps, rebar, tin roofing, fan blades and other materials and turns them into flowers that will bloom all over the county.

Businesses, churches, schools and individuals can sponsor a flower for $50, and it will bloom in a place of their choice. The OCFAC hopes to make an impact on the community with this project by showing everyone that Orangeburg County is a community that loves its citizens. With that being said, each flower will have a heart on it to represent that concept.

At the Taste of Orangeburg, the arts center will be set up so anyone and everyone can stop by, sit down and paint on a hubcap as a way to get the community totally involved in the project.

"Special" hubcap flowers by local artists, which will be auctioned off, will be on display at Taste of Orangeburg, where the bidding will begin. The bidding process will continue until Dec. 1 at the OCFAC. Pictures of these flowers will also be posted on Facebook to allow the bidding process to be open to everyone.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will help to refurnish the OCFAC art classroom, pottery classroom, kitchen and staging area with needed items such as a kiln, slab roller, ice machine, easels, painting supplies, glassware, sound system and more. This will help the OCFAC meet its required grant match for the Connected Communities Grant through the Central Carolina Community Foundation.

For more information, contact Vicki Smith King at the Orangeburg County Fine Arts Center or stop by the OCFAC booth at Taste of Orangeburg.