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Sewing Forgiveness Postcard copyHi there!

A realization:  It has dawned on me, in recent weeks, from where the social practice works (in my art practice) have derived.  I have been working as a recreation therapist in long term care most of my adult life.  My role has been to engage people.  Either with each other, their environment/heart/mind, or those that visit (care partners, family, and friends).  It seems more natural than ever to have an overlap with that passion into my more art practice.  Sometimes it takes a creative a few years (some call it distance) to see their works and analyze, if ever!  This blog post is dedicated to the recreation therapists of Quality Care Consulting Services, and especially Dr. Susan Quattrochi-Tubin, with whom I have the pleasure of working.  They are amazing and inspiring women.

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A fun thing this month:  I am honored to be one of 20 featured artists with the DCASE (Dept of Cultural Affairs and Special Events) in honor of their 19th Annual Chicago Artists Month.  Every 50 years or so this should happen to an artist!  Check out the lovely write up here and the link here for the other amazing creatives.  Thanks too, for this thoughtful perspective on a conversation with  Lillstreet intern Peyton Rack.

 

and finally this updated schedule for Sewing Forgiveness:  City of Chicago

 

October

I will be Sewing Forgiveness from 12-2 in front of Lillstreet Art Center andLillstreet Studios
4401 N. Ravenswood… then back in my studio to enjoy your company until about 6pm both days.

Updated Schedule: 

October

Lillstreet Art Center – 4401 N. Ravenswood – Ravenswood Art Walk…….Sat and Sun October 4 & 5 12-2pm
Wilson Care – 4544 N. Hazel  – An Intermediate Care Facility…….Thursday October 9 2pm
Koinonia House – 6925 N Ashland Blvd – Rogers Park an Intentional Faith-Based Community…….October 19th 4-7pm

Arcade Park – Pullman Park CPD – 11132 S. St. Lawrence Ave…….Saturday Oct 11 11-1
Back of the Yards Park  – CPD  4922 S. Throop St…….Sunday Oct 12 1-4

Garfield Park Conservatory – CPD – 300 N Central Park Ave…….Wednesday Oct 15,  5-8 pm Hort Hall
Marquette Park – Ashburn Prairie CPD   6734 S. Kedzie Avenue…….Saturday Oct 18 11-1
Indian Boundary Cultural Center    2500 W. Lunt Ave…….Saturday Oct 25 11-1

November

Blossom Boys – 9911 S. Walden Parkway  A floral shop and so much more!…….Saturday November 1

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Thanks so much for you continued interest in my art practice.

Enjoy the most beautiful time of the year in the midwest!
In art, falling leaves, and the inevitability of change,
Cathi

 

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Please check out the following link for further information regarding Empty Bowls.

EMPTY BOWLS
Friday, March 25, 2011, 5-9pm

4401 N. RAvenswood

Chicago, IL  60640

Information on who has benefited from this amazing and mindful event:

First Slice is a not-for-profit, community-supported kitchen that provides wholesome food for those living in need in Chicago. It is our mission to foster programs that link those living in poverty with those who are more fortunate and to create strong relationships with other community-based organizations. By doing so, we strive to address the immediate needs of hungry Chicagoans, and to develop long-term solutions to solve the problems of poverty and homelessness.

First Slice is excited to have recently partnered with the Night Ministry to open a new winter youth shelter, the Crib, located @ 835 W. Addison. We provide hot breakfast, bagged lunch, and hot dinners Monday through Friday to over 800 youth per week. We will be collecting any donations to the food drive for the Crib throughout the winter. Anyone who donates is eligible to enter our raffle to win a giant lasagna! We are also looking for volunteers to help cook, prep, and serve at the Crib.

On Tuesdays & Thursdays we provide dinner to the Broadway Youth Center @

3179 N. Broadway St.

On Wednesdays, we provide the Welcome Meal at the soup kitchen in the

Epiphany Church @ 2008 W. Bradley.

We have also provide dinner to the Jane Addams Hull House, Thresholds,

Center on Halsted, and the American Indian Center. First Slice provides school lunches to local schools Pilgrim and North Park Elementary.

Our Subscriber Program sustains the majority of our community outreach

and job placement training. We currently have 2 staff members we gained

through the job training program- one in the back of the house and one

in the front of the house.

Subscribers pay to receive the same high-quality, chef-designed meals

that First Slice distributes to people living in need.

Profits made at our pie cafe are donated directly to not-for-profit

organization, making First Slice’s community outreach programs possible.”

Please note:  Pictured are Gary Jackson’s stack of lovely, soda fired works that have become the icon for this 4th, and nearly annual, event.


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“Corn Girls” Bettmann Archive 1915, University of Illinois Mayfest courtesy of the University of Illinois Archives

I wanted to write about The Cornettes:  Advocates for Urban Agriculture in the middle of winter for many reasons.

They are a work in progress.

They have taken on a life of their own.

They couldn’t happen without an ongoing relationship with some amazing women.

I have some thoughts of where they need to go given the recent climate of Urban Agriculture but I thought I would write about where they have been.

The Cornettes started several years ago in my mind.  I appreciated a picture on the back book sleeve (above) of The Story of Corn by Betty Fussell.  A friend, Nancy Little, found the book for me on a sale table at Border’s.  She gave it to me in the midst of a dinner with friends.  I immediately was taken and mesmerized by the images and text throughout the book and of course, the back cover.  Since reading the book cover to cover, at the gentle urging of Bill Friedman – my corn husband, it has affirmed and fueled my work in many ways.

As Fussell writes, “Corn made the whole world kin.”

Fast forward to about four or five winters ago, I shared the image with my mother not knowing where it may lead.

I bought a fresh cob of corn for inspiration on the summer day we embarked on the project after fabric shopping and sewing some kernels together.

Here is mom studying the cob…

Mom studying the fresh sweet corn

We had Summer Sweet completed for our Corn Celebration at Lillstreet Art Center in 2006.  Many thanks to Jennifer Dotson and Mary Zehnder, the first women to don the husks of Summer Sweet to an adoring audience.

Well, I started off this blog entry to talk about and share images of The Cornettes.  But, back in 2006 “The Cornettes” didn’t even exist.  Just Summer Sweet materialized with dreams of more down the corn row.  How did they get their name?  What are their names?  What is next for The Cornettes?  Stay tuned and keep your ears to the tilth!

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