Arts and Faith
An Online Exhibition (Advent 2020)
All the paths of the Lord are love . . . .
~ Psalm 25:9
St. Michael’s Advent 2020 exhibition is “This Is My Story: Women and Homelessness.” A collaboration between artist Susan Cornelis; Sonoma, California’s The Living Room, a day shelter for women and mothers with children who are experiencing homelessness; and Justicewise, a nonprofit dedicated t…Read More »
A collaboration between artist Susan Cornelis; Sonoma, California’s The Living Room, a day shelter for women and mothers with children who are experiencing homelessness; and Justicewise, a nonprofit dedicated to regenerative social change, the project provides an intimate look at the lives of women who are or who have been homeless.
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Susan Cornelis, M.S.W., is a watercolor artist and mixed-media workshop teacher who most recently has been documenting the personal stories of women experiencing homelessness, as well as challenging events or circumstances surrounding fire recovery, climate change, and nursing homes.
Combining ink and watercolor drawings with words, Susan’s illustrations are a kind of visual jou…Read More »
The Living Room
The Living Rooms (TLR) is Sonoma, California’s only day shelter for homeless women and mothers with children.
As is portrayed in the artist’s illustrations, “This Is My Story” features the lives of women who found respite, care, compassion, and support at The Living Room (TLR) before COVID-19. What was to become of these women and children when the shelter had t…Read More »
As you view Susan Cornelis’s portraits and read the unique personal stories of the women who depend on The Living Room’s services, consider the following questions:
- When you hear the phrase “typical homeless person,” what do you visualize?
- How do the artist’s portraits of the women change your perception(s) of a “typical homeless person”?
- What feelings or experiences e…
An Online Group Exhibition (July 2020)
Participating Artists: Elisabeth (Beth) Hudgins, Linda Maldonado, Elise Ritter, Deborah Taylor
What is “The Divine Feminine”? It is the spirit of empathy, connectedness, wholeness, and creativity that dwells within and around us. It is the sacred, sensuous, and invisible presence that urges us to explore, express, and grow. It is t…Read More »
An Online Exhibition (May 2020)
If the world will not go away then the great discipline seems to be the ability to make an identity that can live in the midst of everything without feeling beset.
~ David Whyte, “Besieged” in Consolations
Beauty invites us, through entrancement, to that fearful frontier between what we think makes us; and what we think makes the worl…Read More »