Passionate artists embrace One Spark

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – As One Spark continues downtown, creators in five categories are trying to persuade judges and the crowd to vote for their creations.

But what's also been on display is the passion creators have for their projects.

Beyond entrepreneurs asking for financial support, two artists said Thursday they are engaged in campaigns to give anything they receive back.

"I believe art should be something everyone can afford, not just for a certain crowd," said Charlie L. Bradley. "So I want to create art that's for everyone."

Bradley calls his effort "Cre8ting Art For All." He has paintings, drawings, and a logo for Florida he hopes will outperform South Carolina's logo.

Bradley said his first time participating in One Spark won't be his last.

"They say this is better than last year," he said. "I can imagine last year was really nice. But for Day Two, there's a lot of energy. I'm really excited about it."

There's another artist at One Spark who's bringing awareness to Baby Adam.

"He was born with no eyelids, no nose and cleft lip," said Scott Morphew, of the Baby Adam Project. "Last year, people contributed $1,600 for surgery where they put the roof of his mouth in."

Morphew's art consists of photos of the 2-year-old who needs lots of care.

Morphew knows Adam's mom, Jessica, through her parents. She was a nurse in India and adopted Adam when he was left for dead, and now Morphew is trying to raise money for his care.

He said Jessica's love for a child with no one inspired him to fight for Adam's life.

Morphew is passionate about his effort in connecting his art to the cause of Baby Adam. He said all the money investors provide him goes to medical care for that child.

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