The Art Bag Lady, week in review 10/26/15

We are making great progress on our “Growth” collaborative painting at the Henderson County Housing Authority. Kidz helped re-purpose old crayons into encaustic paint using linseed oil and heat, including use of a hair dryer that two girlz commandeered for the better part of Wednesday. They also watched with amazement as (after covering it with sprayed text) we brought back our original tree structure by emphasizing it with the dripped encaustic.  We are adding words of growth and encouragement to the borders too, using sponging stencil techniques — taught to us by one of the kidz!

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Life Stories/Life Lessons, funded by the Kentucky Foundation For Women commenced at Redbanks Pleasant Pointe and with four new members of our autobiography writing group!  I was so pleased to discover that two of them completed the current writing project — Family –.  Another, after listening to others read their writings, spoke aloud about being bullied at school, as well as her love for her younger brothers.  I thought about those themes while presenting Life Stories/Life Lessons to girlz at Central Academy for the first time on Thursday, looking forward to December when the plan is to bring the elderly women and at-risk girls together to share stories on similar themes.

The girlz, however, began with art instead of writing — personalizing the covers of their visual journals. Their first theme: Loves and Hates!

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Our boxes are coming along at Henderson County High School’s Cheers program too! On Thursday we sprayed the inside and stenciled the outsides of re-purposed cigar boxes, then sifted through significant “junk” that we will be gluing inside the boxes. We will then spray all a solid color.  The plan: to make a Louise Nevelson inspired wall sculpture using objects of significance to us.

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Outreach with at-risk kidz, week of October 19

The word for the week was SPRAY! Kidz at the Henderson County Housing Authority learned about stencils and spray paint via their multi-panel painting project. And check out the kidz creative use of Blick bags as aprons!

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We sprayed at Henderson County High School CHEERS after school program too, after roughing up old cigar boxes in preparation for a Louise Nevelson inspired 3D group installation project!  Some of the CHEERS kidz really got into the sanding too (although I find it a chore).

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And finally, finally we are finished with our PRIDE mural at Central Academy.  Kidz who participated got to sign off directly on it!  On to two new CA art enrichment projects: Girlz involved in my KFW funded Art Meets Activism autobiography project Life Stories/Life Lessons, and boyz on a similar Louise Nevelson inspired project!

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Success of UCS/Art In The Margins stained glass project!

We sold over $200.00 worth of mosaic stained glass at the recent Haynie’s Corner/22 Jefferson YART sale, all created by Art In The Margins artists at United Caring Shelters Day Shelter. So we are busy working on more for the upcoming holiday First Fridays!

Proceeds from AIM artist artworks go directly to the artists themselves, or to fund the unique program I facilitate at the shelter.

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Art In The Margins at YART!

Thanks to YART and 22 Jefferson Gallery/Studios for inviting me to be part of a very successful yard art sale in the Haynie’s Corner Arts District, Evansville IN, on Saturday, October 17!  Art In The Margins sold all but two small stained glass pieces, as well as a medium-sized sunburst, earning hundreds in funding for the homeless/outsider artists I serve at United Caring Shelters.  I also sold one of my large artworks. That will help keep me in the studio at 22 Jefferson through the end of this year, promoting awareness and support for alternative artists in the area!

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Outreach with at-risk kidz, week of October 7

The Henderson County School’s Central Academy murals are almost done — touch up takes a long time! Thanks to O for helping me with the middle school Pride on 10/7, while I worked alone, way up high on a tall ladder, on the gym mural on 10/8.  Next: a 3D project with boyz, and a Van Gogh inspired mural in the high school hallway!

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We are beginning a multi-panel acrylic/encaustic painting at Henderson’s Housing Authority.  The kidz were really into applying a base color to our tree shape, and coming up with text that addresses growth and change.

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…and I was really pleased to engage a few quiet and reluctant-to-make art kidz at Henderson County High School CHEERS on Thursday! Two young men who repeatedly insisted they could not draw helped create letters for our collage board.  And one of the girlz got so into stapling that she refused to share the task!

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First Friday @22 Jefferson 10/2/15

Featured artists in October are Julie Struck and Claudia Congleton, working artists and art educators in 22 Jefferson studios.  We also had visiting artist/sculptor David Powell demonstrating glass blowing to USI students prior to the First Friday opening.  And plenty of thanks to the patron(s) who bought the beautiful beach scene stained glass mosaic, created by several Art in the Margins artists working at United Caring Services Day shelter, where Julie Struck volunteers.  Proceeds from sales of that and other lovely mosaics (and funky embellished chairs also on display at 22 Jefferson) directly benefit those artists as well as the Art In The Annex program at UCS!

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Henderson KY Lions Club Arts & Crafts Festival, 10/3 and 10/4/15

The Henderson KY Lions Club generously donated two booths at the festival, held at JJ Audubon State Park, one to display and offer for sale the stained glass mosaics and embellished chairs designed and created by many talented artists who are or have been guests at United Caring Services Day Shelter and/or participants in the Art in the Annex program — and another to paint faces!

Although festival day one was cold and rainy, day two was beautiful and attracted more customers and kids.  We sold THREE chairs, and received many kind donations for the free face painting, to benefit the Art in the Annex program at United Caring Services.  AND my assistant volunteers, O and H (a  middle school student in the Henderson County Schools) had a blast!  Thanks to all.

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Outreach with at-risk kidz week of 9/28/15

We made a glorious mess at the Henderson County Housing Authority on 9/30, making encaustic paint out of old broken crayons. More touch up mural work at Henderson County Central Academy on 10/1 too, as well as prep and planning for a new one in the high school hallway. And persuaded a few very reluctant, afraid of art kidz at HCHS CHEERS to participate in making an unusual bulletin board advertising the program outside the high school’s media center.

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Art In The Annex @United Caring Shelters, September 2015

Hot, humid days have meant art inside the Annex, working on stained glass mosaics to be sold at upcoming art/craft fairs in Evansville, IN and Henderson KY, to benefit the Art in the Annex artists — some who participated in Haynie’s Corner’s Funk In the City on September 26! But the weather is moderating as we enter autumn, and that means more time on the smoking yard wall, which we expect to complete by November. We are working on two window wells (see the amazing dragon sketch planned for one of them!) and memorial benches for several homeless shelter residents who died in 2014/2015. I was also honored with a pencil portrait of me by artist Rick Lewis. So touched! Again, thanx for the friendliness, assistance and trust of those who voluntarily make artwork with me!

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Outreach with at-risk kidz, week of September 21

We are very close to finishing the gym mural at Central Academy! Not as exciting as the one in the middle school hallway (thus the boyz busy on graffiti signatures and other designs rather than helping much on the wall). But note these murals, created by A, independent of me, also at Central Academy!  At Henderson County High School we are assembling creative collages to adorn and advertise the CHEERS after school program. And at the Henderson Housing Authority we are creatively examining our heads via a contemporary “phrenology” project.

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