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!

My new work with RiverBend Academy/ArtsForAll!

A very nice article about the arts empowerment/healing outreach I am doing in Henderson KY, on behalf of RiverBend!

And examples of some of the artworks created by underserved I am serving for RiverBend:

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.

The Wall In The Yard, August 2014

Updates on the Yard wall at United Caring Shelters, August 2014.

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.

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

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


Art In The Margins Mini-Exhibit a Success!

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.

Art in the Annex Victory of the Week, June 23-25

R's inspirational t-shirt

R’s inspirational t-shirt

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.

R's ultimate artwork

R’s ultimate artwork