Over two dozen visitors, many thoughtful comments in the guest book. And the exhibit space was perfect (Evansville Vanderburgh Library McCullough Branch meeting room). Thanks to so many folks, including Eleanor at the library, O for his music, art and muscle (he helped move all the easels, twice, in 24 hours), as well as the homeless shelter artists @ Art in the Annex that made this exhibit possible.
A female shelter guest walked into the Annex with a T-shirt, said she wanted to make an artwork based on it — and all I had to do was stand by and watch her, along with another talented Art in the Annex participant, take charge and create.
Please get the word out about the “mini-exhibit” of artworks by the shelter guests I work with at United Caring Services Annex, at the Evansville McCullough Library on June 28 from 1-3:30 p.m. Thanks!
This is a very large, collaborative relief print created by me and two guys from United Caring Services who went the distance with my pilot arts empowerment program ArtSpeak. It was a true collaboration too — the foam print surfaces are by homeless folks who dropped in at Art at the Annex last fall, children at the local art/science museum at Thanksgiving, and us this spring. The best moment was the first print by the guy who had never done printmaking before. His hands shook. But before long he was printing with both confidence and precision.
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.
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.