I am published, again!

My Father Is A Barn #2, oil on canvas, 1987

My Father Is A Barn #2, oil on canvas, 1987

While editing a frequently rejected essay entitled “The Jezebel” (that is not receiving the attention it deserves) I received notification that I will have another autobiographical essay, entitled “Thematic Development, published in Botticelli Magazine’s upcoming issue.

Rejections are part of a creative life, but one never gets used to them. It is a good thing, however, that acceptances so successfully wipe those rejected feelings away!!!

Yes, there IS money out there…

My official grantee notification "badge" by The Pollination Project

My official grantee notification “badge” by The Pollination Project

After many labors — including years of attempting to secure individual artist grants in the state in which I live, and many voices (including my own!) telling me there is no money available for arts empowering marginal populations — I have been able to secure a seed grant from The Pollination Project.  This generous grant will make possible an art exhibition of works by the homeless, formerly homeless, and victims of domestic violence to whom I have been devoting many volunteer hours since November of 2013, scheduled for July  2014 at the Southwestern Indiana Arts Council gallery in downtown Evansville.

 

Flower Power

Collaboratively created bookshelf design, homeless shelter

Collaboratively created bookshelf design, homeless shelter

A collaboratively created bookshelf design, from the Art at the Annex at UCS.  The detail below was completed by a young man who could not contain or control his angry behavior the previous Saturday.  On Monday he followed me into the Annex and tackled the most difficult to color flowers at the bottom.  I memorialized his heroic effort by making a sign out of his scrawled comment.

detail of collaboratively created bookshelf design by homeless shelter resident

detail of collaboratively created bookshelf design by homeless shelter resident

 

Getting Empowerment Artworks Out

Paintings by homeless shelter resident

Paintings by homeless shelter resident

I will soon be partnering with the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana to hold an exhibition of the many accomplished, therapeutic as well as interesting artworks created by participants at the United Caring Services Day Shelter and Ruth’s House.  A collaborative piece created by the women at the YWCA shelters may also be a part of that upcoming exhibition.  I will update as more information becomes available!