FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Amber Martin Public Relations Graduate Student, Full Sail University ALMartin2@fullsail.edu Stunning paintings of the Colorado landscape hang from the walls around me as I watch Laura Reilly paint another picturesque scene on a cabinet door at her studio in historic Old Colorado City Sept. 21, 2016. “Colorado is one of the inspirations for my artwork,” said Laura Reilly, Artist and owner of Laura Reilly Fine Art Gallery and Studio. “It’s such a beautiful place. I’ve lived in Colorado Springs for 35 years. I’m not a native, but I feel like a native in my heart.” The cabinet door that Laura is painting will be donated to Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity’s “Opening Doors for 30 Years” event. The event is in celebration of Pikes Peak Habitat’s 30th anniversary and will feature a special guest speaker and live auction. “Laura Reilly is a prominent artist in our community,” said Laura Williams-Parrish, Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity Development Associate. “Her ability to impressionistically capture the light and colors of the scenery is quite remarkable. Her paintings are simply beautiful.” The fundraising event allows Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity to call attention to the need for affordable permanent housing in El Paso County as well as highlight local artist’s work. The majority of renters in the region pay more than 30 percent of their income towards housing. Increases in home prices and rising rents have made it difficult for low to middle income working families in the region to make ends meets. “The reason I decided to paint this cabinet door for the event is that I appreciate Habitat for Humanity’s mission,” said Laura Reilly. “I think affordable housing is an issue for the whole community, the solution is multifaceted. I see the growth in homelessness and housing issues. It breaks my heart when I hear about families not having a roof over their head.” To learn more about Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity and get involved with the affordable housing cause visit http://www.pikespeakhabitat.org or call Isaac Ring, Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Manager, at 719.475.7800 ext. 102. About Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. The organization was founded in El Paso County in 1986. Pikes Peak Habitat’s mission is, “a world where everyone has a decent place to live.” The organization builds affordable permanent housing for low-income families in the region with the generous support of volunteers, donors, and sponsors.