Art in Us All: HeARTWorks
Sunday, November 14 - Sunday, December 13
The Donna and Jim Barksdale Galleries for Changing Exhibitions
The Art in Us All Community Exhibition Series was created in order to deepen the relationship between the Museum and its visitors and to cultivate creativity in the community for people of all ages and backgrounds. The first exhibition in this series features work made by the participants of HeARTWorks, an art ministry serving clients of Stewpot Community Services in Jackson. The motto of the ministry, embodied in its name, is “He Works Through Art.”
The HeARTWorks exhibition includes 35 pieces in a variety of media and subject matter, including portraiture, abstraction, sculpture, and collage. More than a dozen artists are represented on the Museum walls. Some have worked in the program for years, others are more recent HeARTWorks participants, and a number of artists have passed away since the creation of their work. Beside each work is a label with the artist’s portrait and self-described statement about what the program has meant to their life. Each finished HeARTWorks piece is also adorned with a spoon, symbolic recognition of the precious gift of food, the call of Stewpot Community Services to serve others, and a reminder that not all are fed with a silver spoon.
“For the past seven years we have set out endless art supplies, served up thousands of snacks, and organized seven art shows, but we take the most pride in new friendships,” said Stacy Underwood, Director and Founder of HeARTWorks. “Art is a magical bridge, an equalizer, and a validator that we all have something to offer this world - something beautiful!”
Cost: Free to the public