This is my first showing and my first artist statement. These pieces were created as part of a multi-media class. The prompt was to make a collage with just 3 pieces of material. I was somehow inspired to create houses - tiny houses. I made my houses from whatever 3 pieces I picked up first from my piles of cut paper and found materials. I did not reject any pieces, and worked with what I selected. Metaphorically, I worked with the ‘cards I was dealt’. As I worked, I kept discovering unique ways to build my houses.
Owning a home was always a huge goal for me. I saved for many years before purchasing a house. My dream would not have been realized without the support of my parents, so I am very fortunate. I know this is a huge dream for many people. A home provides security and stability. Therefore, I've asked my sister the sister to identify a Ferguson-based project that addresses homelessness, and proceeds from any sales (after shipping and support to GSAC) will go to that project.
I was born and raised on the West Side of Cleveland, Ohio. I remember always making things throughout my childhood - sewing dolls, coloring, drawing, etc. I wanted to be an artist when I grew up, but really didn’t have the guidance to figure out ‘how to be an artist’. I ended up being a German/Russian/ Elementary/ Middle School teacher. I used my creativity in my teaching, coming up with many ‘hands on’ projects like books and posters for students to show their learning. As I neared my retirement, my husband suggested ‘I get into my art’. So, I did. I began taking classes in life drawing, printmaking, ceramics, and mixed media. Recently, I have been submitting work to shows. Of all the genres, I find myself leaning toward collage and mixed media as a way of expressing my art. I appreciate the support of my sister, the sister - Sister Glynis Mary - in allowing me to participate in this online exhibit. firstname.lastname@example.org
Many pieces of my art are born from a “what if” curiosity. I enjoy experimenting and trying new techniques. I draw inspiration from many sources and creating art in a series was not my intention, but I have found that as I fully explore a technique or return to familiar inspiration, one quilt leads to another.Creating is restorative, therapeutic and spiritual for me. It provides me an avenue to process my emotions as well as the world around me and gives me the opportunity to embrace the mantra, “Let Go and Let God”. There are few problems that can’t be solved by a few hours in my studio. I am grateful for the many artists and quilters who have inspired me and helped me on my journey as anartist. I have learned so much from so many. I have benefitted especially from my friends in the Flower Valley Quilt Guild, ArtFiber Saint Louis and the Missouri Fiber Artists.
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Officer Dunn is self taught, creates dynamic images of African American people.
Cleveland Firefighter John McManamon drew and painted much of his life. Here is an assortment of his works.
There has been a lot of challenge and a lot of heartache with the pandemic; yet there has also been a lot of creativity. Here is work by a number of artists that emerged while sheltering in place.
We asked high school and undergraduate students to respond to the question "Who Is My Neighbor?" These are their creative answers. This show was exhibited at Good Shepherd Arts Center March 8 - May 27, 2020 and was interrupted by the pandemic.
Curator Pat Johnson provides background on this exhbit. Markus Allen Johnson provides a Generational Interpretation of the exhibit. This mini-documentary was produced by Joyce Olinga for PROUD (People Reaching Out for Unity and Diversity) and was the subject of a "Couragous Conversation" via Zoom on June 14, 2020.
To mark the fifth anniversary of his encyclical Laudato Si′: On Care for Our Common Home, Pope Francis declared May 16–24 “Laudato Si′ Week.” This is a slide presentation of our exhibit from May 2016 celebrating the one year anniversary of that document. Art was created by seven sisters and one priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.