Artist Leslie McCarthy is painting hummingbirds to give wings to victims of human trafficking
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Artist Leslie McCarthy is painting hummingbirds to give wings to victims of human trafficking

Facebook Awhile back, Leslie McCarthy, who has a new show at Mulberry Art Studios, was asked by a friend to paint a hummingbird for his wife’s birthday. “I had never painted one before. I painted it and loved the way it turned out,” McCarthy says. “There was nothing more to it.” And then about a year and a half ago, something extraordinary happened to McCarthy. “I had a dream, and in the dream I was talking to a little girl, age 10, who was stuck in the sex traffic industry. I told her, ‘If I could, I would give you wings to fly out of your nightmare.’ ” She remembers how real the dream felt when she woke up and how shaken she was. “I’d read that it is a $150 billion-a-year industry, and 50 percent of the victims are minors.” McCarthy kept thinking about the dream and what she had said to the little girl about giving her wings. “I asked myself, what can I do? I am a stay-at-home mom.” (She has three children, ages 3, 7 and 12.) But McCarthy is also an artist. She began thinking about painting for the cause. “What if I started […]

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