Gimme Shelter Exhibit
Dorothy and one of the Munchkins will be on exhibit at the Middletown Art Center as part of the Gimme Shelter exhibit. The show opens on July 15, 2017 and closes on August 20, 2017. I also have two oil paintings in the show. More info about the show at the Middletown Art Center can be found below:
The primary goal of my mobile shelters, which I generally refer to as my ‘Turtles’, is to remove the stigma of homelessness via a unique and well designed work of art that could be used universally by people of all socio-economic levels. The secondary goal was toincorporate a variety of functions and features so that each ’Turtle’ could be used by anyone for just about anything including temporary homeless housing, disaster relief, recreational shelters, doll houses, etc.
Dorothy is the first full-scale prototype and is named after the main character in the Wizard of Oz. The theme for the first series is inspired by the story line that “there’s no place like home” and is meant to focus on what makes a shelter a ‘home’. I have also created smaller 1/4 scale models, called “Munchkins” and have distributed them to various regional homeless advocates to help bring greater awareness to options for the homeless.
"I truly believe in positive synergy, that your positive mindset gives you a more hopeful outlook, and belief that you can do something great means you will do something great." - Russell Wilson