Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Gardens

With abundant rains in the spring and some this summer, our garden has overflowed with lush vegetation. We should name our little plot of ground "Morning Glory Hill" because of the effusiveness of the vining trumpets of blue and purple and red. Phil's tomatoes have been transformed into many containers of sauce. And those little yellow cherry tomatoes have been consumed like candy. A bumper crop season for flowers and vegetable!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Park Art - Greenville, SC

Living in Greenville, SC, I love to walk along the Reedy River with a cup of coffee in one hand and my paints in the other. When I find a spot or a subject, I take time to record that on paper. Here are just of few of my renderings in acrylic paint.

Triune Mercy Center - Tea Time

Our Tea Parties are becoming the "in place" to be at Triune Mercy Center. We have parties before holidays or to celebrate special events. The parties are hosted in The Art Room and come complete with china cups and cucumber sandwiches!

Triune Mercy Center - The Art Room

The Art Room at Triune is bursting with freedom of expression and the joy of creativity. It is a place near downtown Greenville, SC, where I get to play with some amazing creative people. We paint, sketch, sew, knit, laugh together, cry together, and sometimes even sing together. It is an amazing space where all are welcome and encouraged to SHINE!

Monday, July 6, 2009

From the July/Aug issue of G Greenville Magazine:

Arts Feature: The Art Room
Painter Karen Lucci and Triune Mercy Center feed the homeless population’s hunger for creative expression

Greenville’s poorest flock to Triune Mercy Center at the corner of Rutherford Street and Stone Avenue. They come for food, clothing, jobs, and help with addiction. But about a year ago, the patrons of this place got a surprise. A local artist assembled a working studio above the cafeteria so that she might open her doors to the creatively starved.
“People can come in and paint, sew, knit, or write,” explains Karen Lucci, a professional painter since the 1980s and the brains behind the brushwork offered at The Art Room. There are no formal programs. No set projects. People who can’t afford a box of crayons are encouraged to simply show up on Sunday afternoons and be inspired.
Although most of the artists create pieces to give as gifts, some of their work is rotated on display in the sanctuary of Triune; those pieces that are left behind are sold to benefit the program. “The Art Room was a grassroots ministry, and it turned out to be one of the most wonderful things at Triune,” says Triune Mercy Center’s the Reverend Deb Richardson-Moore. Many clients express that their only other exposure to art has been during incarceration.
“The only way they can paint in jail is to take the color off M&M’s. They call it ‘candy colors,’” Lucci explains. One gentleman, who after being imprisoned struggled to adapt to a more conventional style of painting using watercolors and quality paper, has become an Art Room regular. And as an added benefit, his enthusiasm for art has helped him in an ongoing battle to overcome addiction.
It’s not unusual for students to show up at The Art Room high on drugs or in the throes of mental illness. But, says Lucci, “You have to let it be what it is and accept these people for who they are and where they are at that moment. It’s a place where they aren’t just a bum or a number. You know their name. And that’s what’s so important.”
—Nichole Livengood
Donations can be delivered to:

Triune Mercy Center222 Rutherford StreetGreenville, SC 29609 

G Magazine241-A North Main StreetGreenville, SC 29601
To make a financial contribution to The Art Room, mail a check payable to:
Triune Mercy CenterP.O. Box 3844Greenville, SC 29608