Last month, Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico destroying homes, transmission lines and the U.S. territory's agricultural industry. Now, three weeks later, more than half the population is still without drinking water, more than 90 percent is still without power — with residents in remote areas potentially waiting up to 10 months before their power is restored — and the death toll is destined to climb as reports slowly file in.

In the wake of this disaster, the North Little Rock-based Latino Art Project is stepping up to lend a hand with Art to the Rescue, a fundraising event set for Saturday, Oct. 14.

"The idea for Art to the Rescue came about when Will Hogg called me to check on my family living in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria," says Virmarie DePoyster, a local artist who grew up in Puerto Rico.

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The goal was to rally Arkansas artists with the Argenta Gallery, Puerto Ricans en Arkansas and the Latino Art Project to aid the victims. The result is a silent auction event featuring the donated works of more than 25 local and regional award-winning artists.

Some of the participating artists include:

  • Ana María
  • Bryan Clifton
  • Christie Young
  • Daniella Napolitano
  • Emily Moll Wood
  • Gene Sparling
  • James Hayes
  • Jeannie Rodriguez-Stone
  • Jorge Villegas
  • Karlyn Holloway
  • Lisa Krannichfeld
  • Maria Villegas
  • Norwood Creech
  • Robert Bean
  • Sandra Sells
  • Virmarie DePoyster

"There are many people in Arkansas who have friends, family or know someone affected, and we want to show them we support and love them," says DePoyster.

Cash and item donations will also be accepted at the event, where every dollar of funds raised will go to the effort to provide supplies to Puerto Rico.

Art to the Rescue will take place from 6-9 p.m. at the Argenta Gallery. For more information, check out the Facebook event page.