MOORESVILLE – Local artist Hannah Carpenter will be showcasing her latest work from 2-4 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 8, at Four Corners Gallery.
Carpenter, 19, has a rare genetic brain disorder called Rett syndrome, which appears almost exclusively in women and affects language and coordination abilities.
“It robs them of their ability to speak, and Hannah is wheelchair-bound,” Hannah’s mother, Trisha, said.
Hannah began painting several years ago after an artist offered to paint with her.
“We didn’t know she would have this love for painting, but she loved it,” Trisha said.
This is the third year Hannah’s artwork will be showcased at Four Corners Gallery. This year’s exhibition will feature 25-30 pieces from Hannah’s past and present works.
Notecards, calendars and prints featuring Hannah’s work will be for sale at the gallery, and all proceeds from those sales will go toward Rett syndrome research.
Four Corners Gallery is at 148 N. Main Street.
Mooresville Police welcomes therapy dog
MOORESVILLE – The Mooresville Police Department has added a therapy dog to its ranks, according to a Town of Mooresville news release.
Ella, a 4-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier, has been trained and registered through the Alliance of Therapy Dogs by her owner, police telecommunicator Tiffany Richburg.
“After a long, stressful night at work, I’ve always found comfort in going home to pet and
love on my dogs,” Richburg was quoted as saying in the release.
Richburg has registered three of her pets as therapy dogs, including Ella, who has been working as a therapy dog for almost two years.
To qualify, all of Richburg’s dogs had to be tested on their temperament, obedience and professionalism in a variety of situations, along with being insured by the Alliance of Therapy Dogs, according to the release.
After learning how other law enforcement agencies throughout the country have begun to implement therapy dog programs, Richburg proposed that the Mooresville Police Department do the same.
With Richburg’s dog, Ella, already trained and insured, the new program comes at no cost to taxpayers, the release states.
“A therapy dog provides not only emotional support for our staff but also those who are victims of violent crimes and children in traumatic situations,” Richburg was quoted as saying in the release. “Studies and experience show that visits from therapy dogs increase happiness, lower stress levels,and enhance calmness and overall emotional well-being.”
Police Chief Damon Williams said in the release that he instituted the program on a trial run after seeing how well his staff interacted with the department’s K-9 units.
“On and off the scene, there’s a lot of stress and trauma with this job,” Williams was quoted as saying in the release. “After this program was brought to me, I really noticed that when our staff interacted with our K-9s, their whole mood and demeanor changed. That’s when I thought, maybe this isn’t a bad idea.”
Williams said in the release that, after observing Ella at work in the department, he’s pleased with the program’s results so far.
“Seeing how everyone reacts to her … they’re just gleeful,” he said in the release. “They leave with a different attitude after seeing her, and she’s definitely having a good effect.”