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Gently Bang Your Head Against The Wall Here: An Installation About The 2016 Electoral College © 2016Lara Myers, machine-stitched and hand-stitched stuffed fabric soft sculpture (fabric, thread, stuffing, pins).
Gently Bang Your Head Against The Wall Here: An Installation About The 2016 Electoral College
February 10–March 4, 2017
Reception: February 10 • 5–8pm
The main component of this installation is 538 soft sculpture lips made of machine-stitched and hand-stitched stuffed fabric laid out in a 30-foot long grid that represents the U.S. map of the 2016 presidential electoral college results. Each lip represents one of the 538 electoral votes.
The installation shows how the distribution of electoral votes would change if electoral votes were not awarded under a winner-take-all system in each state, but instead were awarded proportionally based on each candidate's proportion of votes in each state. For example, if a state has 10 electoral votes and Hillary got 30% of the popular vote in that state and Trump got 70%, Hillary would get three electoral votes and Trump would get seven electoral votes, as opposed to the current system where Trump would be awarded all 10 electoral votes.
All of the electoral votes that would be awarded to Trump under this system are stitched shut with red x's. All of the electoral votes that would be awarded to Hillary are left white without being stitched shut with red x's. Red x'd lips = electoral votes that went against the nationwide popular vote. The plain white lips = electoral votes that reflected the nationwide popular vote, or put another way, the will of the people.
This change is shown by unstitching the x'd lips that would change from Trump to Hillary, with the unstitched thread left dangling from the lip. The electoral votes that would switch from Hillary to Trump under the proportional system would be shown by partially stitching the lip with x's and leaving the needle in the fabric to show that the lip is changing from unstitched to stitched.
Another component of the installation is a catharsis wall with different stations encouraging viewer participation. One station will be a padded section of the wall with the instructions "Gently Bang Your Head Against The Wall Here."
The Near Future Ago
January 13-February 4, 2017
Reception: January 13 • 5–8pm
The Near Future Ago is labor of love by curator, manager, and artist Kip Westerfield. His exhibition-happening format came out of a need for places to exhibit emerging artists. He states “because I've had some experience throwing shows and organizing groups, I chose to start a loose knit group of artists who wanted to show with each other, mostly students, skateboarders, musicians, etc from my life and friends. The connections spread pretty quick once folks found out I was motivated to do the work of keeping it all going. There have been over 80 different artists in our shows and we are growing with each event.”
Westerfield works at Smith Andersen North gallery and frame shop, where he convinced the owner to let him have the first show for a one-night only event. That one-night event brought 34 artists and about 150 guests. After a second successful show at the gallery, other places got wind of it and requested The Near Future Ago in their space for repeated events. Other venues include The West End Bar, Bedrock Records, ProofLab skateshop, and ANDTHEM gallery in San Rafael. This exhibition at Art Works Downtown will be the 14th event featuring an exciting variety of artists who have participated in every exhibition as well as artists who are new to the scene.
|© Charles Winstead|
December 9, 2016-January 7, 2017
Reception: December 9 • 5–8pm
Modern scientific understanding of the nature of reality postulates multiple dimensions beyond space-time. These dimensions are impossible for humans to directly observe through our physical senses. This art series exercises our ability to comprehend the existence of these extra-spatial dimensions through compression of higher dimensions into two. For example a 3D grid or cascade is expressed in two dimensions, i.e., on a flat surface. This compression is accomplished by using diagonal lines to represent the third dimension. A 4D cube, aka a tessaract, is expressed in two dimensions with the use of a second perpendicular diagonal line. Other compressions are presented for their sensory effect. Forms, which could not exist in space as we experience it, are described in visual terms. Influences cited for this series include M. C. Escher, Al Held, Ellsworth Kelly, Sol LeWitt, Agnes Martin, Piet Mondrian, Mel Ramos, Bridget Riley, Frank Stella, and more.
hand painted cards
November 11-December 3, 2016
Reception: November 11 • 5–8pm
Cynthia Pepper has enjoyed a colorful life of being a professional contemporary dancer and choreographer, making children's films for television including Sesame Street and currently teaching for San Francisco Ballet in the public schools. Her favorite mediums for visual art are printmaking and encaustics. Her art world can be found at www.cynthiapepper.com Enjoy!
|Vanishing Northern Shovelers © Rita Sklar|
October 14-November 5, 2016
Reception: October 14 • 5–8pm
Wild Things highlights the vanishing birds and other wildlife of the S.F. Bay Area and beyond. Wildlife is an important indicator of the overall health of our environment. Like the proverbial canaries in the coal mine, their decline sends an urgent warning about threats to our water, air and climate.
Rita Sklar has received over forty-five awards for artistic excellence and is a signature member of the California Watercolor Association. The Oakland Museum featured Rita Sklar’s works. She accepted the “Award of Distinction” from the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She was a finalist for the BBC International Wildlife Artist. Her paintings have been selected into national shows by acclaimed jurors. Ms. Sklar received a commission from the Alameda County Art Commission and two grants from the Oakland Cultural Arts Fund.
The Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford commissioned eight of her works. Her paintings are in prominent government, corporate and private collections. www.ritasklar.com
Mixed media by Judith Juntura Miller
August 12-September 14, 2016
Receptions: August 12 • 5–8pm + September 9 • 5–8pm
Artists are pack rats. We collect. We think, “I may need this someday." These works hold some of my collections.
The smaller works on one wall hold some of my packrat collection: Canvas and twine. Old post office box…symbolic of what? Shells, dice (used by clowns and jokers), old nails, photos, metal sparkles, silkworm cases, microwave‐baked CDs, pearls, and wood bits.
The larger works began as old framed cupboard doors. What kind of ideas do these frames hold? They hint of memory, nostalgia, regret.
Possibly they tell of freedom, hard work, accomplishment, and dreams. www.jjart.com
|Parable © Judith Juntura Miller, mixed media, 22" x 71".|
|Poetry of Renewal © Sanda Manuila|
July 8-August 6, 2016
Reception: July 8 • 5–8pm
Sanda Manuila's oil and mixed media pastel and gouache paintings are stylized representational images from which exude an allegorical quality. They depict a state of mind in which the boundaries between dream and reality have become very fluid. As the figure loses its definition it takes on a ghostly quality leaving the viewer in doubt of what is appearing or disappearing.
Very early in my life I realized that I had the perspective of an outsider. Because I was born in a Romanian family in Geneva, Switzerland, the eccentric tendencies of my parents often clashed with the principles of the Calvinist society we lived in. My friends called me “Paprika Feet”. Later on and yet in another place in California, while working on my Master’s Degree in contemporary Latin American fiction I experienced instant recognition. The novels I was reading were describing what I had been observing for years: magic realism. Raised in a Cartesian society where only a pragmatic attitude was acceptable, I succumbed to the irrationality of the reality described by Latin American writers. Since then, in my oil and mixed media paintings I have been depicting the paradox of two conflicting perspectives, one based on a rational view of reality and the other on the acceptance of the unusual as prosaic reality.
I draw my inspiration from photographs of statues and figurines I take when I travel. I digitally manipulate the images until they take a different form. The figures seem to become living beings, yet they are statues, conveying a sense of ambiguity, of dislocation in the eye, and what seemed figurative has become abstract.
|No Title (action 3) © 2015 Mark Olson, acrylic and pastel, 46"x33"|
June 10-July 2, 2016
Reception: June 10 • 5–8pm
Through painting and photography, artist Mark Olson explores paradoxical reflections on the unseen seen and the seen unseen.
The Marin-based artist likes sunsets, long walks on the beach, and hard books with lots of pictures.
To read Mark Olson's extended exhibition statement, click here
|Thinking of You © Helen Steele, acrylic on canvas, 48"x48"|
May 6–June 4, 2016
Reception: May 6 • 5–8pm
My compositions are never preconceived, yet my themes are recurrent:
The use of the figure as the means of investigating various psychological states:
harmony, serenity, anxiety, isolation....
The figure is my starting point, not my true subject.
My subjects are human presence and absence.
My approach is intuitive, suggesting rather than detailing.
As I work and rework my canvas the image appears sometimes only to elude me then to reassert itself much later. I work in multiple layers with buried images and words. Paint is wiped off and layers are peeled yielding the emerging image.
Symbolic markings, personal imagery, shapes and words appear, questions arise. Intimacy is translated through the sensuality of line, the simplest and subtlest of my tools. The line can be bold and assertive or sublime and quite sensual.
|Undertow © 2013 Janice Best, oil on canvas, 30x30|
Tides of Change
April 8–30, 2016
Reception: April 8 • 5–8pm
The Pacific Ocean and all its phases holds a special place in my heart, and childhood memories inspire a sense of awe toward its power and depth of beauty. These paintings express my interest and fascination with all oceans and nature in general.
Using abstract forms and textures allows me to explore my emotions in expressing my concern for the well-being of all bodies of water. I use color and contrast to create atmosphere in the work. The agitated line shows energy and urgency relating to current conditions. Dark masses represent hurtles that still need to be overcome to return the waters to pristine condition.
The oceans are the largest habitat on earth, and they are largely unexplored. I am hopeful that advances in technology will allow scientists to find answers, and that awareness and education will lead to respectful environmental regard for nature's treasure.
An installation by Meg Regelous
March 11–April 2, 2016
Reception: March 11 • 5–8pm
Enter the realm of Meg Regelous' "Fear of Sleep", where sleepless angst and fears of mortality are explored.
Ring a coffin bell,
rest your eyes on a painted bedspread,
be not afraid of inevitable things.
This is the place betwixt what is, and what shall be.
|The Beauty of Culture, Head Dress, Bali © 2015 Penni Webb, hand tinted photograph, 8"x10"|
Solo Exhibition of Monotypes; Photo Litho’s; Hand Painted, Hand Tinted, and Encaustic Photographs
February 12–March 5, 2016
Reception: February 12 • 5–8pm
A selection of various mediums that shaped Penni Webb’s current work, The Beauty of Aging and Culture. Theses photographs were taken on her travels during the last twenty five years. Penni received her BFA from the University of Arizona and her MA in printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute.
|Sea Stars © Ellen Litwiller|
January 8–February 6, 2016
Reception: January 8 • 5–8pm
This show is about the Sea Stars, a keystone species in the intertidal zone that maintains a delicate balance for the diverse species that cling to rocks and live between the world of water and air. Since 2013 the Sea Star Wasting Syndrome (SSWS) has been killing an un-precendented number of Sea Stars from Alaska to Baja California (recently SSWS has been detected in Australia and other coasts around the world). This series is a an observation, documentation, and appreciation of the Sea Stars that were once so familiar to me on the rocks of Muir Beach.
|Bicycle Free for All © Margo Reis|
AWD Artist Members' Exhibition
December 11, 2015-January 2, 2016
Reception: December 11 • 5–8pm
The Members’ Exhibition will showcase the many talented artists who are members of the Art Works Downtown community. Artworks created by studio artists and artists from outside the AWD building will be available for the holiday gift-buying season in a salon style exhibition format. Don’t miss this opportunity to shop for your next masterpiece.
|Tree Sisters © Rosario Sapienza, photography framed and matted, 22"x28"|
November 13-December 5, 2015
Reception: November 13 • 5–8pm
Rosario photographs “Beauty” in whatever expressions he sees; people, scenics, architecture, and cars. This exhibition will feature a new collection of “car photography” as well as some of his most popular photographs acknowledged by judges and collectors.
|The Hallelulah © 2014 Abigail Lee Goldberger, oil on canvas, 30"x38"|
Stories and Dreams
Abigail Lee Goldberger
October 9-November 7, 2015
Reception:October 9 • 5–8pm
My paintings are inspired by fairy tales, myths, dreams, memories, experience, longing, religion, and nature. They are intensely colored, multi-layered, multi textured, and multi-themed, which creates a complexity that emerges the longer they are viewed. They are meant to evoke a story that touches upon the memories and dreams of each observer so that the story unfolds differently for each person and grows and changes with time.
Sisters: Violet Fields and Lonnie Graves
September 11-October 3, 2015
Reception: September 11 • 5–8pm
Sisters: Survivors is an exhibit of hope, dedicated to family and friends and “pink” sister survivors and cancer survivors everywhere. Let's all pray for a cure.
|The Comet and the Crocodile © Deanna Pedroli|
Paintings by Deanna Pedroli
July 18-September 4, 2015
Reception: August 14 • 5–8pm
Contemporary, postmodern multi-media paintings. Vibrant, richly colored, and dimensional.
Education: San Francisco Art Institute and Dominican University.
|All She Rote © Dave Gertz|
Made to Last Editions
Screen Prints (Serigraphs)
June 12-July 11, 2015
June 12 + July 10 • 5–8pm
Dave Getz is best known as a musician. Since 1966 he has been the drummer with rock band Big Brother and the Holding Co., the band that featured the singer Janis Joplin, but both before that time and during the last 50 years he has had a separate career as a fine artist. Dave received a MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, was the recipient of a Fullbright Fellowship in Painting, and taught painting at SFAI. During the 1980s he lived and worked in Los Angeles producing over 35 limited editions from his Santa Monica Studio, Made to Last Editions. During that time he exhibited work at the Ruth Bachofner Gallery, the DeVorzon Gallery, and the Los Angeles County Museum. He has served as the exhibition chairman of both the Los Angeles Printmaking Society and the California Society of Printmakers. Since moving back to the Bay Area in 1987 he has shown his work in dozens of group and solo shows at AWD, Sonoma State University, College of Marin, and Studio Z. His prints are in numerous corporate and private collections in the US, Europe, and Japan.
|Unexpected © Michael Welch|
digital mixed media
by Michael Welch
May 1–June 6, 2015
Reception: May 8 • 5–8pm
Through inquiring into Michael Welch’s personal role as an artist, over time he has learned to trust in the varied and unpredictable ways his work manifests itself. Although Welch’s skills have evolved since childhood, his communion with form and color has remained consistent and unchanged.
Born and raised in Northern California, Michael majored in art at California College of the Arts and Sacramento City College. His background includes acrylics, watercolors, pastels, and pen and ink drawing. Michael became interested in Photoshop as a tool for creating art because of the new avenues for creativity it offers.
|Dappled © Susan McCormick|
Finding the Stillness Within
Paintings by Susan McCormick
April 10–25, 2015
Reception: April 10 • 5–8pm
Abstract Contemporary Land and Seascapes
A Collection of Paintings
by Joel Monty
March 13–April 4, 2015
Reception: March 13 • 5–8pm
Joel Monty is a New England artist born in historic New Bedford, Massachusetts. He started painting in 2002 at the age of 25, shortly after his mother passed away, and moved to lovely Marin County in April 2013. Joel works mainly in acrylic, but does occasionally use other media. He believes his journey as an artist began at birth. Joel's work concentrates on the personal pains of life and the duality of his own nature. He uses the creative process to escape his own very destructive behavior. In his compositions you may notice a lot of ebb and flow, push and pull, a collision of shapes and colors—all representative of one trying to tear apart the other. Many of his paintings display vivid palettes, a false perception of a man ultra-sensitive to the world around him. In the heart of his work Joel does what he has to do to fit in as best he can.
The Art of the Portrait
Photography by Glen Graves
February 13–March 7, 2015
Reception: February 13 • 5–8pm
Great portrait photographers capture the person who is below the surface: a creation of their fantasy or sweet, tender, and vulnerable. For 35 years Glen Graves has worked to discover that person and present it as a work of art.
the Domestic Arena
January 6–February 7, 2015
Reception: January 9 • 5–8pm
means housewife in Italian and it is the title Lauren Bartone has given to her newest body of work – a series of paintings about female labor, textiles and the domestic workspace. The paintings use a limited color palette of reds and pinks to consider the ambiguous role of women’s labor and its relationship to the home. The work, which can be seen in the Donor’s Gallery at Art Works Downtown, features imagery of textiles, everyday objects and references to the handmade nature of domestic work.
Artwork by Doreen L. Barton
December 12, 2014-January 3, 2015
Reception: December 12 • 5–8pm
The work in this show was produced over a four year period. My initial focus was on the figurative, the human form, along with portraiture. I've since worked en plein air, in both urban and rural settings, particularly where objects can be seen in an unsettling placement, or thrown together in a confused jumble. I'm often attracted to seemingly ordinary scenes but with compositions that are challenging and unconventional. My parallel interests in late 19th and early 20th century life and costume have lead to a continuing project of pastels derived from period photographs and exhibitions. These explore the differences and similarities of life then and now.
Stuart Gourlay, MD, Artist and Surgeon
November 14-December 6, 2014
Reception: November 14 • 5–8pm
As an artist I paint on the canvas what I see in my daily life that interests me. I am always attracted to buildings and other manmade objects and to the interrelationships between people and their environment. My primary medium is oil paint, but I do occasionally paint in acrylics and watercolors. I am most comfortable with representational images and would describe myself to others as a contemporary realistic painter. People often comment on the detail they see in my work and how realistic the paintings look. Until 2007 my work was exclusively done in the studio and from photographic reference materials. Since that time, the primary focus of my work has been to control my detail and develop a little looser style by pursuing outdoor, or plein aire, painting. This has not been as easy as I initially thought it would be, but with increasing experience, I have seen steady improvement in both my plein air and studio paintings.
Photography by Alan Plisskin
October 10-November 8, 2014
Reception: October 10 • 5–8pm
Alan Plisskin presents his most recent series, Alaska. The series offers the viewer a chance to enjoy Alaska’s majestic landscape, elusive wildlife, and abstract patterns in luscious large-format prints. This series is Alan’s freshest body of work, coming from his recent trip to Alaska this past August.
Eagle in Flight © 2014 Alan Plisskin
E.A. Betsy Kellas: Recent Polyptychs
oil paint, black gesso, and latex paint on canvas,
paper, and panel
September 12-October 4, 2014
Reception: September 12 • 5–8pm
In this exhibition of her most recent work, Kellas presents diptychs, triptychs, and polyptychs (arrangements of four or more paintings) that push the boundaries of tradition.
“Kellas creates an overall experience filled with specific incident, rewarding close examination with lovely discoveries.” Maria Porges , E.A. Betsy Kellas: Shifting Weights, 2014
painting, mixed media installation | www.betsykellas.com
Between Inks and Pigments
Paintings and Drawings by Judith Miller
August 8-September 6, 2014
Reception: August 8 • 5–8pm
The work at the Donors' Gallery includes both Drawings and Paintings.
The Paintings and Drawings summarize years of observation and puzzlement.
In my childhood while growing up on a cattle ranch I was interested in the mysteries of nature and the mysteries of communication. I loved the hidden meanings of cattle brands. The first codes I read were those pictographs. Then came the miracle of reading and writing.. Other codes came later: shorthand, computer, poetry, critic language, sidestep language, formal art elements.
Art is an optimistic act. It connects 3000 years of human history and portends, all evidence aside, that humans will have an extended future. To paint is to experience death and rebirth as acceptance of painting in the last half-century is constantly dying and being reborn.
Artwork by Mike Goldberg
July 11-August 2, 2014
Reception: July 11 • 5–8pm
Through his paintings, Mike explores the well lived lives of his subjects' well worn faces. More psychological profiles than portraits, Mike sources real people, his imagination and found photographs, merging them to create a powerful emotional atmosphere frozen on canvas.
The paintings are loose representations of the many original characters that Mike engaged with throughout his eclectic work history. As a sanitation man, tow truck driver, emergency room orderly and therapist in a locked psychiatric unit Mike came across many original characters who became the inspiration for these moving untold stories of these unknown people.
The underlying concept of Mike's paintings is about how we process memory. Through their iconic imagery, the paintings are designed to stir deep-rooted memories of people who have influenced us from our past because those memories hold great value to who we are.
Mike paints on found wood with oil bars using his fingers to work the paint into the wood incorporating the rough texture of the surface that enhances the story of each character.
Mike was born and raised in Boston and spent 22 years in Manhattan and Brooklyn before recently moving to the beautiful Bay Area a few years ago. Studying in the traditional French academy approach at Boston’s Fenway Studios, Mike learned the craft of drawing and composition in the style of the French masters. In addition to his 75 or so unique jobs, Mike received a degree in Psychology from Boston University and worked in Psychiatric facilities as a therapist and also worked in a Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Room.
Photography by Tom Rohrer
June 13-July 5, 2014
Reception: June 13 • 5–8pm
This Rock Face series of photographs addresses a sense of presence and personality. Each mountain portrait pictured here has its own unique characteristics. Just as with portraits of people, the texture and surface of each rock face was produced over time by gradual, intense experience.
Each of these faces are several hundred feet tall. Find the trees for scale. Their lifetimes are profoundly long. All of these photos were taken in Yosemite within miles of each other, yet each place reacted differently to the same conditions. Each looks different as the light hits it throughout the day and throughout the year. Each is a landmark.
Photography by Marianne Owens
May 9-June 7, 2014
Reception: May 9 • 5–8pm
As a photographer, I am drawn to nature and architecture as my subjects. I enjoy photographing urban landscapes as well as the everyday objects that we see so frequently that we may no longer notice their unique qualities. It is my passion to capture images that convey a mood and engage the interest and imagination of the viewer.
Most recently, I have been taking photographs at Rodeo Beach and the Headlands in Marin County, using my DSLR and iphone cameras. This new collection of images is titled Coastal Access.
I am inspired by the possibilities created by new digital technology and alternative processes. I have incorporated these tools in my image editing, and I continue to experiment with image transfers using digital images. In addition to the Coastal Access photographs, I will be exhibiting black and white, and infrared gelatin silver prints, handtinted prints, and giclée prints.
Art by Dixie Elementary 3rd Graders
April 11-April 26, 2014
Reception: April 11 • 5–8pm
A whimsical collection of colorful acrobats spin, twirl and dance on their wire hanger trapezes in this presentation of artwork made by 3rd graders at Dixie Elementary School. Through this community partnership between Dixie and AWD, students have the opportunity to see their artwork professionally displayed in a gallery and get a taste of what being a "real" artist is like.
March 14-April 8, 2014
Reception: March 14 • 5–8pm
A Peek Into the Weird World of
and His Carny Clan
The art of Mike Shine and friends with special music guest, Beso Negro.
Artwork by Tim Burns
February 14-March11, 2014
Reception: February 14, 2014
Viewers will enjoy Tim’s two series, “Land of a Thousand Birds” and “ A Hundred Echoes.” The works include oceanic imagery of naturally occurring abstractions without digital enhancement plus photo-encaustics, which are digitally altered photographs and bees wax.
Bolinas Folk Art
Artwork by Janis Yerington
January 10–February 11, 2014
Reception: Janaury 10, 2014
Bolinas Folk Art... inspired by Bolinas, Melville and the Spirit…art that is folksy, urban, coastal chic - made from driftwood and salvaged wood upcycled from an old artist's studio. Each piece is hand carved and painted, uniquely created with passion and prayer.
December 13, 2013 - January 4, 2014
Ashwin Narayanan is a South Bay artist who works with ink. His idiosyncratic ink work delves into the subconscious mind where one is engrossed in meditative flow of process, similar to the idea of automatic drawing or “doodling,” where the physical body is disconnected from the mind and the subconscious creates a different connection.
Ashwin’s work explores the idea of technological circuitry and networking and integrates that with his cultural heritage, resulting in a fastidious work of art.
Mosaic Affinity © Ashwin Narayanan, pen on paper
Gift Shopping Silent Auction Preview
Artwork by Art Works Downtown Artists
November 8–December 7, 2013
Reception: November 8 • 5–8pm
Sales of works benefit the San Francisco and Marin Food Banks and Art Works Downtown. Starting bids at half price.
Great Deals. Great Causes.
"Pathways of Southeast Asia"
Photography by Julie Miller
October 11 - November 2, 2013
Reception: October 11 • 5–8pm
Julie Miller's exhibit features photographs from her travels in Asia. Highlights include ancient Buddhist and Hindu stone temples at Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom in Cambodia dating from the 8th–13th centuries. Also included are serene landscape photographs of Thailand and Laos.
Back to School?!
Digital Abstracts by Suzanne Bean
August 9 - September 7, 2013
Reception: August 9 • 5-8pm
China Camp Remixed, © 2013, 21" w x 14" h,
digital image on dye-infused aluminum
Artwork by Stephanie Jucker
featuring a project by the Fortnight Collective
September 13 - October 5, 2013
Fly Girls © Stephanie Jucker
July 12-August 3, 2013
Reception: July 12 • 5-8pm
I started out in a commercial art background but always kept a sketchbook and some painting for my personal enjoyment. My current show at the Art Works Downtown 1325 Hallway Gallery shows my influence from my sketches.
Seasons of Hope Singing Trees
April - June 29m 2013
Reception: June 17 • 5-8pm
View the 8x32’ mural painted by homeless and at-risk youth.
Sponsored by Ambassadors of Hope.