Art is Our Voice
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I'm sorry to share the news of the passing of another artist of McAuley House, Linda King.
To read Linda's Obituary, click here.
Linda was devoted to her art and a talented writer and poet. She was an active participant in ArtLifting, which provided her with unimaginable recognition.
I want to thank ArtLifting for the numerous opportunities they provided for our artists.
Below is Linda's prior profile from ArtLifting:
“I am committed to art as my passion and vocation. Sometimes painting is a prayer or a marker of how I got over an obstacle in my life. This life, this journey, has had a through-line. Through the many calamitous twists and turns of my heroic odyssey, drawing, painting, and writing poetry, have strengthened me when I have encountered challenges that cut my inner world to ribbons.”
Linda King is a 68-year-old African American woman, driven to make art from within and inspired to create from the context of her life. She writes, “I refer to myself as an African American woman and mention my age, 68 because I want to own the ancestral and existing cultural influences that impact my work.” Linda’s artwork is heavily influenced by African American culture, her own experiences, and music such as jazz, celtic, classical, hip-hop and rhythm, and blues. She creates both abstract and figurative art, seeking to evoke qualities of movement, gesture, and dance. She is fascinated with exploring and recreating the intricacies present in facial expression.
Linda has overcome many obstacles in her 68 years, which have created a sense of inner strength and resilience that is reflected in her artwork. She writes of her experiences:
“The brunt of violence and alcoholism and the deficiencies of teenage pregnancy caused my parents to divorce. My brothers and sister were split up between relatives. As the only child of a middle-aged aunt who believed children belonged outside or playing in the basement, I learned to play by myself. While she worked long hours doing laundry for middle-class white families, I drew pictures in the dirt in front of the church next door.
The pieces began to come together in school when I produced a drawing that a teacher offered me a dollar to make bigger. I didn't care about that. Drawing was my playmate. Years later at the age of 59, during a period of homelessness, I rediscovered my love of drawing and painting, and found the sustenance to embrace my gift.”
Linda began making art through an art program offered at McAuley House, a meal site and program that offers hospitality, social services, and other enrichment programs for people who are homeless. She enjoyed using found objects and creative materials supplied by the weekly Tuesday workshop, to create original works of art. Linda explains that “the encouragement of the staff, art supplies, and art shows, helped every one of us to grow.”
Linda has since gained housing through the Housing First program and is overjoyed to finally have an art studio of her own where she continues to develop her art practice. Linda now works in her home studio and also attends art groups regularly at McAuley House as an important part of her community, artistic growth, and support circle.
Saturday, November 28, 2020
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A photography tribute of our amazing years together. It's been such an honor and blessing to be a part of this group that has inspired so many people, including the funding programs that have helped make this all possible!
I've been asked many times over the years about the role of art in my life. Well, it's everything and everywhere-- be it in my studio or in my mind! I found this older post from some years ago that seems to be a good answer the question. Thank you Linda King for encouraging me to share my journey.
In my studio.....
The art above is a collection of random drawings (doodles) that I love to do while sitting at my desk.
As a facilitator and member of the McAuley House art program, I'm constantly inspired by my fellow artists. My group always inspires me to do better, stay strong, have faith, and trust the process.
Compassion is the keen awareness of the interconnectedness of all things ~ Thomas Merton
Saturday, November 21, 2020
Anthony was always a warrior as he battled many health issues. He was a naturally gifted artist and studied at the High School of Music & Art in New York. Afterwards, he was a student at the New York City College of Technology. His infectious smile and sense of humor will always be remembered by many.
Anthony generously contributed to the Art Group at McAuley House. He enjoyed sharing his talents and helping others start a sketch or painting. The photo above is an illustration of the Hulk and Wonder Woman that he cut out and made for the kids at the Olneyville Library celebration.
Anthony was also a member of ArtLifting-- a platform for artists that have traditionally been underrepresented in the contemporary art market. To read more about ArtLifting, click here.
Here are some of Anthony's favorite works that I photographed over the years.