Common Art Exhibition at St. John's, Arlington

St. John's Church
74 Pleasant Street
Arlington, MA
United States

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St. John’s will host the Common Art artists and their works in an exhibit and sale. During this time parishioners, neighbors and the Arlington community and friends are all welcome to come and view this unique exhibition, and are encouraged to purchase original works of art.

All artwork at this exhibition will be for sale. Everyone interested in buying should bring cash for their purchases under $100; checks will be accepted only for works priced at over $100. Also, this artist community is always in need of materials and supplies—everyone who attends this event is encouraged to bring an already-stretched canvas.

Common Art is a program at common cathedral, Ecclesia Ministries, Inc. of Boston and it supports local artists who are just discovering their creative voice in every way one might imagine. Sharing Common Cathedral words on this mission is most succinct and heartfelt:

“Welcome to Common Art - a program of common cathedral which provides space, materials and caring support staff to support unhoused and low-income individuals as they develop their artistic abilities. People who live in shelters, rooming houses, on unclaimed couches and benches, and on Boston's streets gather every Wednesday at Emmanuel Church on Newbury Street [Boston] to draw, paint, sculpt, make crafts and to share with other artists in like circumstances.

"For most members, Common Art is a singular chance to express their artistic gifts. For some, art is a professional path, interrupted and suspended by calamity and homelessness. For others, it’s an opportunity to express unheard opinions, ideas and truths. For others, it’s pure joy, an oasis of form and color in otherwise dry times. For all, it’s a simple and welcome relief from daily difficulty. 

"For many Common Art members, art is a way of life. For others, it’s a new discovery. But for all, art is passion, expressing and affirming life itself, a defiant or gentle 'yes' in the face of stigma amid the constant struggle of poverty and homelessness.”

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