Every experienced artist was once a beginner.


Recognizing this is Pat Brancaccio, of Roma Italian Restaurant.


Brancaccio's grandchildren attend art school in Florida. They inspired him to help budding artists at the East Aiken School of the Arts.


For the next couple of months, Brancaccio is inviting all artists to hang and sell their work at his restaurant.


Part of the artists' proceeds will go to the East Aiken Elementary School of the Arts, he said.


“Any (pieces) they have are welcomed,” Brancaccio said. “It can be photographs, sketches, etc.”


He has been gathering artwork since late August. For now, he asks those interested to bring just one or two pieces.


The proceeds will help purchase art supplies for the school.


“I want to achieve the goal of bringing the color of life and to help those less-fortunate students,” he said.


Brancaccio has owned Roma for about seven years.


“Starting out as a baker, his love of Italian food and his work ethic resulted in a career as an Italian chef bringing the joys of authentic Neapolitan cooking to the citizens of Aiken County and the CSRA,” the restaurant's website says.


The East Aiken School of the Arts teaches approximately 600 students, ages pre-kindergarten to fifth grade.


In addition to the standard classes, these students learn art techniques from teacher Carrie Power, general music from Megan Jensen and dance skills from Christin Abernethy.


This year, Christian Sturgis signed on as the school's theater teacher.


“We believe, through the arts, students learn life skills that enable them to become more creative and productive citizens (and) benefit students of all learning styles and abilities,” as stated on the school's website.


For more information on East Aiken School of the Arts, call 803-641-2450.


Roma Italian Restaurant is at 1385 Whiskey Road.


For more information on the fundraiser, email aikenromarestaurant@gmail.com or call 1-772-528-9314.


Stephanie Turner graduated from Valdosta State University in 2012. She then signed on with the Aiken Standard, where she is now the arts and entertainment reporter.