Karen McNeill Saielli, CarShare Vermont, firstname.lastname@example.org, 802.861.2340
Rachel Moss, Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, email@example.com, 802.658.7939
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CARSHARE VERMONT TO SHOW ART FROM CHITTENDEN EMERGENCY FOOD SHELF’S HOMEBOUND ARTISTS
The artists may be bound to their homes, but this month thanks to the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf and CarShare Vermont, their art won’t be! These two local non-profits have teamed up to bring the works of several homebound artists out from behind close doors in a show entitled “Art from Home: A Personal Journey”. This show was the inspiration of Alice Anton, homebound program coordinator for the Chittenden Food Shelf. She realized that despite a profound sense of isolation and loneliness, several folks had special talents. “For many of the people showing their art pieces, it will be the first time their art will be hung on a wall and viewed by others,” says Anton. “The Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf is fostering a sense of community for the participants and giving the program participants a connection with the greater Burlington community.”
When Anton was looking for a space to show, she was looking for a business that attracts people from all walks of life, and one that is mindful of its connection with the region and the community. That’s when she discovered CarShare Vermont. Community is a central component of the vision of CarShare Vermont. It is for this reason that CarShare Vermont is delighted to have the opportunity to share their walls with the Chittenden Food Shelf artists for the month. “Sharing is a fantastic way to encourage community awareness and health,” Karen McNeill Saielli, outreach coordinator at CarShare Vermont said. “While we generally reserve our wall space for our member-artists, sharing our walls with this group of artists seemed like a great opportunity to enhance our community.”
The upcoming show will feature about twenty art pieces, with a variety of styles and techniques including acrylic paintings, oil, charcoal drawing, and poetry. Most homebound individuals choose to represent scenes from memory or from their imagination, but portraits and abstracts are also among pieces the viewers will appreciate. Creating art is a way for clients to escape their daily routine. For homebound client Claire, poetry is a way “to live vicariously through other people and remember when I could walk”.
“Art from Home: A Personal Journey” will be showing from October 14th to November 15th at the CarShare Vermont office at 131 St. Paul Street in downtown Burlington. An opening reception will be held October 14th from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. Drop by, see the works, and support these amazing folks! This is a free event.
About the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf:
The Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf works to alleviate hunger by feeding people and cultivating opportunities. As the largest direct service emergency food provider in Vermont, CEFS serves over 12,000 people each year. In order to address hunger relief for populations with mobility issues, Chittenden Food Shelf runs a Homebound Grocery Delivery program to serve isolated senior citizens and people with disabilities. Each month, staff and volunteers deliver a five-day supply of groceries to homebound clients, providing them with food and a much welcome visit. The Homebound program currently serves 149 households in the Chittenden County. Please visit www.feedingchittenden.org for more information.
About CarShare Vermont:
CarShare Vermont is a local non-profit on a mission to provide an affordable, convenient, and reliable alternative to private car ownership that enhances the environmental, economic, and social wellbeing of our region and planet. Members get 24/7 access to CarShare Vermont’s entire network of cars parked around Burlington to go where they want, when they want and pay only for what they use. As a nationwide movement, car-sharing helps some families get by with fewer cars, while helping others get around without owning a car at all. Members save money, avoid the hassles of car ownership, and help to improve the environment. Learn more by visiting www.carsharevt.org.