Monday, November 16, 2009
Art for the Heart
Jerri Gray, one of Triune's artists
Last week I attended an art show at Triune Mercy Center, and it super-charged me.
Remember Triune, the non-denominational church with the central mission to help the homeless? I blogged about it back in September, and introduced you to my amazing friend, Pastor Deb Richardson-Moore.
One of the coolest things about Triune is its art room. Karen Lucci, a local artist, came up with the idea, and now it's the hopping place to be every Sunday and Wednesday afternoon. There are no classes--just supplies and open seats at the tables. You can't always tell who is homeless and who isn't, and it doesn't matter.
About a year ago, several art room regulars approached Karen with an idea. They would donate their art for a sale open to the community with the proceeds going back to Triune. After receiving so much from the ministry, they wanted a chance to be the providers.
Last Thursday it happened. And lucky for us, Sam and I were able to attend.
We enjoyed food and conversation with the artists...
as well as some incredible art.
Much of it was religious in nature.
Like this one...
And this lovely piece...
And this folk art...
But other subjects were also explored and expressed.
I like this too.
If all of those pieces weren't enough to warm your heart, there were artfully made scarves and clothing for sale as well.
It was a chilly night, but we left toasty warm and completely inspired.
I hope this kindles your creativity too!
Have a great Monday, y'all!
PS. Almost forgot! A billion thank you's to Lacey Ruff, a beautiful, talented, generous Furman student I met at the show, who was sweet enough to lend a total stranger her camera when the dodo brain (me) left her memory stick at home. Thanks, Lacey!