Artistic fundraising efforts at Art In The Annex, United Caring Shelters

Art work for the upcoming fundraiser, Jazz, Blues and Shoes began in earnest in February at United Caring Shelter’s Art In The Annex.

Two enthusiastic shelter/Art In The Annex Guests help stretch, gesso and begin painting canvases that will be auctioned off at the April 2 fundraiser.

On 2/13, volunteers from University of Evansville as well as artistic shelter/Art in the Annex guests joined local glass artist David Powell in making “journey” rings to be sold to raise funds for the Art In The Annex program. They are on sale now, for $5, at AIM at Zion United Church of Christ in downtown Evansville.

And on 2/20, I met David Powell at his studio in Mt. Vernon, IN, and got a lesson in glass blowing. He also showed off three of the over two dozen bowls he is making for the upcoming Jazz, Blues Shoes fundraiser in April!

Art In The Margins @UCS, December 11

Participants in this unique art program at United Caring Day Shelter continue to produce stained glass mosaics, to be displayed for sale at Combs Gift Shoppe in Newburgh, IN.

Highlights of this week at Art In The Margins: the design and beginning painting stages of several Holiday Windows, completed by kids in the Henderson KY schools and displayed in Henderson KY, courtesy of the Downtown Henderson Partnership.

And O and other shelter guests assisted in creating “hobo” bird feeders for the many sparrows that hang out in the smoking yard, constructed of recycled and additional cheap household items and hung in the now empty-of-picnic-tables shed.  And through the winter months, AIM Saturday afternoons will include homemade (by me and volunteer O) soup!


New Studio in Haynie’s Corner

I am so pleased to be part of Evansville Indiana’s arts district, by way of my first private studio space since graduate school!  Thanks to 22 Jefferson‘s owner Anna Maria Whetstine for inviting me, and to Emily Gartner of Arts Beats Eats for connecting us!

My new studio space at 22 Jefferson, Evansville IN

My new studio space at 22 Jefferson, Evansville IN

Finishing the UCS Yard Mural, Summer 2015

We — homeless artists and The Art Bag Lady — are getting close to finishing the smoking yard mural at United Caring Shelters Day Shelter in Evansville, Indiana. And we want/need another wall to display our awesomeness on!

Back on the Yard Wall, 2015

Now that the weather has moderated, artistic #homeless shelter guests at United Caring Services are helping to repair and finish the smoking yard wall.  Check back for updates!

Traveling Exhibit, UCS Embellished Chairs

Updates of exhibits of chairs, created and embellished by homeless artists for United Caring Services fundraiser Seat At The Table 2015

UCS Yard Wall mural/graffiti, Fall 2014

My mission is to engage! So here is an example, United Caring Services Day Shelter smoking yard wall, created with the assistance of talented shelter guests, as well as local Evansville Indiana outsider artists.

Versions of Love, Week of July 7

Anti-domestic violence T-shirt

Anti-domestic violence T-shirt

Saw several versions of love at the shelters this week.  On Tuesday, stressed women at the YWCA, who eventually and joyfully settled in to embellish almost a dozen t-shirts with empowering words and symbols. And Monday, a bookshelf at Art in the Annex, United Caring Services.

Example of O's efforts @ United Caring Services

Example of O’s efforts @ United Caring Services