BGHS Artist Raises Funds for Flood Relief by Painting Kentucky Landmarks

Sister fundraising duo are already seeing commission success

Update: The Genter sisters reached out to News 40 again after this interview with some amazing news. A church in Arkansas learned how they fundraise…and donated over one thousand six hundred dollars to the cause.

BOWLING GREEN, Kentucky — Chaney Genter, a 17-year-old artist from Bowling Green High School, is helping eastern Kentucky flood victims in the best way possible: with his paintbrush.

“It was just heartbreaking to know that some of my friends were probably going to lose their homes,” Chaney said.

She wanted to help immediately.

“I was like, I need to help. I need to do something, and I started painting. I kind of had the idea that I could tell my job in town, I could do something that I love, but I could help people.

Since last month’s floods, Chaney has painted landmarks across the Commonwealth – all commissioned to raise money for flood victims.

She quickly realized that she needed help. Chaney turned to her sister, 21 Sarah Kate, who immediately stepped up.

“She got me an Instagram and Facebook account directly for Eastern Kentucky art,” Chaney said of her sister. “And [she] reached out to so many people to help me while I was working on all the art and concept stuff.

Sarah Kate said: “We have people from Arkansas sending donations and friends from Tennessee. We have people from Europe sending donations. We are baffled to see how far this has gone.

The Genter sisters told News 40 Monday morning that they are already seeing results.

“Last night we were at $360, and this morning we’re already at $500, which is crazy,” Sarah Kate relayed.

Chaney and Sarah Kate will send the funds through emergency management to directly benefit flood victims.

“I’m so excited to help people and to really see all of our work pay off and reach so many people,” Chaney said.

“Hopefully we can help them like they helped us in December,” Sarah Kate added.

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