Young entrepreneur visits and inspires Lee County youth

Updated: Jul. 6, 2017 at 8:49 PM CDT
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(Source: WSFA 12 News)
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LEE COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - The Living Artist Series entertained a young businessman at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lee County Thursday.

Elijah Rutland, a 17-year-old Georgia artist and entrepreneur, made a stop in East Alabama to visit The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lee County.

Rutland, a resident of Macon, Georgia, has created a business designing and painting shoes for his company Fix My Sole.

He shared his passion for art as part of the Living Artist Series.

The Living Artist Series was started by Opelika-born artist Carole Carson. The series is part of the art lessons Carson teaches at the Boys and Girls Club and Lee County Youth Development Center.

"I know that historically, studying the art of Degas and Picasso is very important, but I think that today's youth will respond more to the works of artists that are still alive and breathing their art in real time," said Carole Carson.

Carson brought Rutland to Alabama to encourage and inspire her kids to dream bigger.

"Many of my students are just realizing their gifts and talents. I want them to know that their gifts will make room for them and that their dreams are attainable, even at their ages," Carson said.

Carson teaches community art classes at Opelika's Denson Park Recreation Center. For more information about the community art classes, contact Opelika Parks and Rec at 334-705-5549.

To learn more about Rutland and Fix My Sole visit

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