Dominican Center at Marywood exhibits Heartside Artists during the month of July. | Arts & Culture
Twenty-six works of art, representing twenty-two Heartside artists are on exhibit at the Dominican Center Art Gallery through July 26th. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday 8 am – 9 pm; Friday 8 am – 8 pm; Saturday and Sunday 8 am – 6 pm. Located on the lower level of the Marywood Motherhouse at 2025 Fulton Street East, please approach DCM parking lot from Lakeside Drive NE (see map - click on all photographs for larger view). DCM is barrier free with no admission fee. All are welcome! There are arrows on the map that point to the DCM entrance (stairs and a ramp). Once inside, the receptionist will show you to the gallery.
About Heartside Gallery and Studio
Heartside Gallery and Studio began in 1993 as a small offshoot of Heartside Ministry, a program working to enrich and empower the people living in the shadow of downtown Grand Rapids. Since then, this ever-expanding program continues to offer the Heartside community a safe, supportive environment in which to create, exhibit and sell art.
- Given a supportive environment, all people have the capacity to create
- Visual art is a universal language
- Creative expression fosters personal growth and the development of self-esteem
- Socio-economic status and/or disabilities are not barriers to self-expression
About The Artists
Heartside artists come from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. Some have experienced the disadvantages and hardships of homelessness. Others suffer from various emotional, physical or mental disabilities. Many are people from the Heartside neighborhood who simply wish to share their talents and expertise with their neighbors.
Art is a valuable outlet for self-expression and creativity. Many Heartside Gallery and Studio artists have never experienced formal training, yet the artwork in our studio shows that talent often comes naturally and intuitively. Heartside Gallery and Studio is dedicated to providing a space for showing our artist’s unique responses to the experiences of their lives, as well as offering guidance and opportunity for trying new types of art.
- Mike Tate: ‘I feel like I am in the ‘A’ class now, when my work sells. It makes me want to make more.’
- Cory Ruiz: ‘This is my first time being at an art show other than at Heartside. It feels great to get my name out there! Art is therapy for me; it helps with my depression and anxiety, and helps put me in a calm place.’
- Walter Pinder (talking about his piece in the show): ‘Our past and our present speak to us simultaneously. This picture represents a past, a present and their voices.’
- Kathy Sam: ‘I can concentrate on art and forget about outside distractions. It makes me feel relaxed when a part of myself is being set in the work. My soul is in this.’
The public is invited to meet several of the artists at a reception at DCM on July 13, 2012 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The works, created in a variety of media, are for sale at prices ranging from $25.00 - $100.00.
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