Heron Arts is pleased to announce the group exhibition Foundation featuring artists Aaron Glasson, Faith 47, Saylem Celeste, Salomée Soag and a section of local artists who experienced or are experiencing homelessness, curated by Hospitality House. The exhibition explores the ideas of home and community. The exhibition will be on view at Heron Arts until November 20th, 2021. The opening reception for Foundation is on Saturday, October 23rd, 2021, from 7-10 pm and is free and open to the public.
Foundation will focus on the concepts of home and community, and their relationship with one another. Is home a place, an idea, or a coterie? The exhibition is about the idea of shelter in its many forms. The foundation is the core and the base of the home. Shelter is also one of the foundational basic needs in Maslow's hierarchy of needs pyramid. We are asking artists and the audience to question these concepts and explore what home truly means beyond cliché idioms.
Without community, is there a home? Today many are fleeing previous homes due to political and environmental crises, starting anew and challenging ideas of home. Due to globalization and the internet, communities span borders and the idea of home is ever-changing.We will bring in a local nonprofit, Hospitality House, and devote a section of the gallery to local artists who experienced or are experiencing homelessness. Hospitality House’s Community Arts Program (CAP) is the City’s only free fine arts studio and gallery space for low-income and homeless artists, celebrating art as a vehicle for social change. Local artists hone their skills through tailored workshops, with frequent opportunities to create and exhibit their work to a growing citywide audience and keep 100% of the proceeds from art sales making CAP a unique social enterprise, celebrating the work of art - as a viable economic asset. We provide free art supplies to low-income neighborhood artists, establish opportunities to sell artwork through exhibitions and art markets, and increase artistic skills through art workshops. Additionally, Heron Arts is providing a stipend to all participating CAP artists to honor their time and efforts in the creation of artworks for the purpose of this exhibition.