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!
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!
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.
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!
In the summer of 2014, a generous man gave me a huge donation of stained glass, with the stipulation that it be used for charitable purposes. Boxes of glass and equipment subsequently sat in our garage in Spencer County, IN for almost a year until a United Caring Shelters care staff asked if I’d be interested in re-purposing old single pane windows. Thus our Stained Glass Mosaic project was born!
Our finished windows are currently on display at 22 Jefferson Studios and Gallery in Haynie’s Corner Arts District in Evansville, IN. They will also be offered for sale at the upcoming Arts and Crafts Fair, now sponsored by the Henderson County Lions Club, at Audubon State Park on October 3 & 4. All proceeds go directly to the artists themselves, or (in their absence from the shelter) to support Art In The Annex at United Caring Day Shelter in Evansville.
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!