Wrentham Day is Satuday and Troop 131 Boy Scout, Benson Colella, will host an art exhibit and art supply drive as he works toward the rank of Eagle in conjunction with the festivities at the Old Fiske Museum. The exhibit will highlight the work of a group of homeless artists who participate in the Common Art studio opportunity offered weekly in Boston through Ecclesia Ministries. The one-day exhibit will from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Select pieces will be offered for sale, with 100% of the profits going to the artists.
At the one day exhibit, donations of much needed art supplies will be accepted to benefit Common Art. In the days before and following the exhibit, donations will be accepted where bins are located at the Fiske Public Library and at the King Philip Regional High School in the main lobby. Some items always needed by Common Art include: Acrylic paints (especially red, blue, yellow, white, and black), paint brushes (all sizes), canvas boards or stretched canvases (all sizes), old paintings (to be painted over), sketch books (all sizes), beads (all types), costume jewelry and beaded jewelry (to be disassembled and made into new pieces), pencils, pencil sharpeners, erasers, masking tape, yarn for knitters, paper hot and cold cups, powdered drink mix, hot cocoa mix, regular coffee, sugar and sugar substitute, and gift certificates for Dick Blick Art supplies (www.dickblick.com).
The public is invited to support the Common Art program, homeless artists, and the efforts of local scout Benson Colella by attending the exhibit and making art supply donations. For more information about Common Art and Ecclesia Ministries, please visit www.ecclesia-ministries.org. Contact Benson Colella at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding the exhibit and supply collection.
Boston’s 34th homeless census from 2013 found that 7,255 homeless men, women, and children live within Boston. Of that population, 180 people were found living on the street on the night the census was taken. Common Art of Ecclesia Ministries opens the doors of the Emmanuel Church Parish Hall every Wednesday. Here, everyone is welcome to build community in a safe environment with others experiencing similar situations. Artists share a meal and develop talents to express themselves and provide a means of income.