Artists for All Seasons 2018
Drexel University President John Fry and Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design Dean Allen Sabinson join Sister Mary Scullion and Joan Dawson McConnon to invite you to the opening reception for Artists for All Seasons Art Show at Drexel University's URBN Center.
Our thanks to Drexel University, hosts of the opening reception and providers of exhibit space for Project HOME, Artists for All Seasons.
The event is generously sponsored by Jay and Bonnie Eisner and Drexel University, and supported by the Rising Leaders Committee of Project HOME.
Artists for All Seasons is a collection of artwork created by Project HOME residents and Art Program participants.
The Project HOME Art Program helps to empower formerly homeless individuals, as well as low-income families, to express their journeys through art and reach their fullest potential.
This event is free but RSVP is required by April 5. Please contact Stephanie Lin at [email protected].
Exhibition runs from April 12-26
The URBN Center
3501 Market Street
Time & Date
Thursday, April 12, 2018
6 to 8 pm
Meet the featured artists below.
Wesley Mitchell, who lives in Project Home's St. Francis House of Peace, reflects that once he would not have believed the life he has today. His family relationships are starting to heal and he recently attended his son’s wedding in California. His sister, from whom he was estranged for nearly a decade, has one of his drawings hanging in her house. Wesley was recently asked to join the trustees of Project HOME. Wesley is a sought after portrait model for artists, is trying acting and remains a committed Eagles fan. He shares his story with young people facing similar challenges. His openness and positivity affect everyone he meets.
Evockeea Wayenahan lives at Francis House of Peace/Ping An House in the Chinatown neighborhood of Philadelphia and there has enjoyed artistic collaboration with her Chinese neighbors. Studio Incamminati was a change of artistic direction for Evokokeea because she was unaccustomed to working from life. Yet, she feels that realism has helped her understand her own perception and given her new abilities to create art outside of class. For example, learning representational drawing improved her facility at drawing scenes she imagines. Evockeea feels that art is the central reality of her life; all else flows from it. When she is not creating art, Evockeea spends her time volunteering or doing organizational activities within Project H.O.M.E. She strongly believes that "None of us are home until all of us are home.”
Casundra Pressley is a Philadelphia, PA native who grew up appreciating the performing arts and music. Casundra acted in mock trials and the nativity at church. From the age of three, she also recited poetry and sang in choirs. A lively person with a quick wit, Casundra studied basic, advanced and industrial commercial on-camera acting at Wiest-Barron Acting Workshops Philadelphia and Mike Lemon casting. Casundra never dreamed of pursuing the visual arts until beginning charcoal drawing at Studio Incamminati and was encouraged to draw every day. Homework assignments -- which she diligently completed -- helped to enhance her skill. She is a tremendously hard worker and her focused effort has paid off in accurate and beautiful drawings. Casundra’s greatest creation is her only child, a son, who is in his 19th year in the United States Navy. Casundra is an avid cook and has worked in sales, as a nursing assistant and security officer.
Brian Kane has been drawing since the age of six. He took his first job, as a sign painter, at age eight. Now a resident of St. Elizabeth’s Recovery at Project HOME, he became acquainted with the art program by participating in Expressive Art Therapy classes. Kane’s abstract paintings reflect finding peace in color harmonies. His art activities include working at Meg Saligman Studios and taking classes at the Barnes Foundation. His art work is an attempt to capture the essence of light, color, and form at a transitory moment in time. Born and raised in North Philadelphia