Artful Considerations by Robin Shively – May 2018

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“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller.

There are several opportunities to come together in our community and create art as preparations continue for August’s #ThisIsMyFerguson exhibit. Citizens of Ferguson, there are opportunities to express yourselves!

Corners Frameshop & Gallery, 425 S. Florissant Road, invites all members of the community to stop in any time during business hours to decorate a little blackboard which will be combined with others to create a single collaborative artwork to be entered in the #ThisIsMyFerguson exhibit. Contributors do not need any drawing or painting expertise. This project focuses on the power of single words or phrases to convey what we value about Ferguson. Corners will supply paint pens and a mini chalkboard on which participants may write words that evoke cherished memories, affirm one’s present values, or portray visions for the future. Corners’ regular business hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m.

Good Shepherd Arts Center, 252 S. Florissant Road, will host the following artmaking sessions on Friday evenings, beginning at 7 p.m. Projects will be components of larger works to be exhibited in #ThisIsMyFerguson. Come, collaborate creatively!

  • May 4: Origami Peace Cranes – in harmony with the Japanese tradition of folding 1000 cranes to get your wish, write a wish for Ferguson’s future on the paper, fold a crane with guidance from Nadia Sharif, and we’ll take it from there.
  • May 11: Art books with Mary Nichols.
  • May 18: Kate Moore-Freeman will be on hand to oversee a project.
  • May 25: Glynis McManamon will guide the creation of components for a large-scale collage.

Good Shepherd Arts Center also hosts an upcoming exhibit of the third annual invitational for religious and priests of the St. Louis Archdiocese. Entitled “Flow: Like Spring Rains that Water the Earth,” the opening reception will be on Sunday, May 6 from 2:00 p.m. The shows runs through May 26th.

Remember the grass roots “Ribbons of Hope” art project from 2014? Ribbons of HOPE for Ferguson was a partnership of the Adolescent Resource Center (a program of Queen of Peace Center), the Northern Arts Council, Ferguson Youth Initiative, Provident Counseling and the Missouri Art Therapy Association. It invited people from Ferguson (and beyond) to look toward the future in a creative project and process by writing on a ribbon with a permanent marker their hopes and wishes for Ferguson’s and their own community’s future, on a ribbon with a permanent marker in a positive, creative, productive, prayerful, and/or wishful kind of way. The “Ribbons of HOPE for Ferguson” community arts project were created at various sites throughout the community, beginning at the Ferguson Farmers Market. Local youth with the Ferguson Youth Initiative and the Ferguson Community Service Program were instrumental in creating, gathering and displaying ribbons. While stringing and displaying ribbons, youth and volunteers gathered ribbons with messages by passers-by at sites along West Florissant Avenue and South Florissant Road. As news about the project spread, other communities and groups, including Missouri art therapists, created ribbons and sent to express their support. Ribbons also arrived from Ohio, Wisconsin, Texas, Florida and New York, among other places.

  • May 4, 5-8 pm: Ribbons of Hope Weaving. Kate Moore-Freeman of the Northern Arts Council will guide participants in the creation of a community art project by weaving the Ribbons of Hope at Corners Frameshop & Gallery. The completed pieces will be on display this summer at the Metro North Transit Center.

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