The Creative Arts Center of Dallas, a nonprofit school of visual arts and community arts organization geared to beginning, emerging and working artists, will host From the Street, its third exhibit featuring 21 self-taught artists from The Bridge, Dallas' largest homeless service center.
Curated by Denny Doran who started the Self-Taught Artist program at The Bridge six years ago, the show will include drawings, paintings and jewelry, all of which will be for sale with all proceeds going to the artist. The group has also exhibited at Davis Foundry Gallery in Oak Cliff. The artists include Lee Albritton, Dayna Alvarez, Jacques A. Brooks, Dorothy Burch, Monique Casey, Red Cook, T. Fran, Caroline Fulmer, Chris Harrison, Synicia Johnson, R.L. Jones, Stephen Kehr, Leon, Bubba Mitchell, Roger Montoya, Sister Sheila Moore, Nicole Nash, J.P. Perez, Christopher Stilley, Peter Taul and Sherrie Threlkeld.
The reception will offer an opportunity for the community to meet these artists, including Bubba "One-Eye" Mitchell, a former professional driver who became blind and homeless; Roger Montoya, a Vietnam vet who was on skid-row in Tulsa for over a decade and has recently found an apartment in Milwaukee along with a gallery who now represents him; and Synicia Johnson who recently came into the program not speaking or making eye contact. When Denny told her that five of her pieces were going to be in the show, she looked at him directly and said, "For real."
Following the opening reception, the exhibit runs through October 18.