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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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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Got A Grant!

KFW Official Logo

KFW Official Logo

THANK YOU to the wonderful Kentucky Foundation for Women, for funding close to $4000 for my Life Stories/Life Lessons project connecting elderly women and girls through writing and art in Henderson, Kentucky! So excited about starting this project!!! Soon!!!

Preparations for Art In The Margins, Extended Version !

Art In The Margins Logo

Art In The Margins Logo

Met with ARTSWIN (Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana) staff on Friday 8/1/14 to discuss specifics of the upcoming exhibit.

Details:
Art In The Margins, an exhibit of accomplished artworks by the homeless community, facilitated by Julie Struck, local teaching artist and art/creative activist.

Where and When:
The Bower-Surheinrich Foundation Gallery, 318 Main Street, Evansville, Indiana, September 16-28, 2014. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and by appointment on Monday.

Reception: Saturday September 20 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the gallery.

Please call: 812-422-2111 for more information, or email Julie Struck at theartbaglady@gmail.com.

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!