Patchwork: Art by the Peter Claver Community
PATCHWORK EXHIBITION OPENING RECEPTION:
ART BY SAN FRANCISCO ARTISTS LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS
WHAT: Patchwork is stunning exhibit of art by residents of Catholic Charities Peter Claver Community, a comprehensive on-site residential care facility for chronically homeless individuals living with disabling HIV/AIDS. Opened in 1985, the program was one of the first in the Bay Area to compassionately serve those sick and dying from HIV/AIDS. Forty-nine percent of residents have been living at Peter Claver Community for five years or more – with many in double-digit years.
WHO: Formerly homeless Catholic Charities Peter Claver Community artists and residents living with HIV/AIDS:
A client at Peter Claver Community since 2005, Tom was inspired at 21 to take an oil painting class after discovering works from his childhood. Since then, Tom has been reading about, admiring, and creating art. His work now reflects his positive self-image and care.
Diane has been living at Peter Claver Community since 2015. Born in England, she began drawing castles and dragons as a child, went to art school at 16, and has been creating ever since. Many of her ideas come from her dreams and her favorite artist is Rembrandt because, “he has soul.”
Francisco entered the Peter Claver Community in 2015. Born in El Salvador, he immigrated to the United States at nine. His affinity for art began at age five and he now enjoys making alongside his fellow residents. Creating art makes him feel relaxed.
WHEN: January 4, 2018, 6:00 – 9:00 pm, Exhibit open 1/4-1/31/2018
WHERE: Sparks Art Gallery
4229 18th Street, San Francisco
Liza Cardinal Hand