Wed – Sat 12 – 5pm
Sunday 12 – 3pm and by appt.
Homelessness impacts everyone. It is all around us whether we notice it or not. It’s the piles of clothing and people’s belongings in our doorways; the people pushing shopping carts piled with all their worldly possessions; the ‘hidden homeless’, borrowing the couch of a friend; and those trudging along our city streets with bent shoulders and gloveless hands. Among these people are artists who never get the chance to show their work because they cannot do more than sketch their ideas in small notebooks or found cardboard. They have no materials or places to work on their art, no computers to submit work to galleries no place to store their work, and no money for framing.
Expressions Gallery is proud to present a show that deals with the multiple aspects of homelessness. Community artists who are touched by the lives and scenes of the homeless, along with artists who are homeless or have previously been homeless participate in this show. It is the first opportunity for some of the homeless artists to present and display their finished works in a professional gallery. Painting, photography, printmaking, digital art and sculpture are the mediums used. Craft artists who offer jewelry, scarves, hats, ceramics and more are also displayed.
This show is unique in that it is a collaborative show that brings together community artists with local non-profit organizations whose work is to transform and improve the lives of the homeless. BOSS (Building Opportunities for Self Sufficiency) and St. Mary’s Center (whose goal is to transform lives and build communities) have joined with Expressions Gallery in providing work by the homeless artists in their programs. These organizations have given homeless artists access to a place to work, materials to use and assistance in the presentation and submission of their work. Funds and materials have been donated to assist the homeless artists create and frame their work for presentation. The City of Berkeley supports the exhibition and has also donated funds to make this show possible.
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