Bonfoey Gallery to Host Artists of Bishop Cosgrove’s in Exhibition, “ART HEALS”
Clockwise from top left: Robert Robinson, marker on paper; a HeART of the Street student hard at work; Myron Dixson, graphite on paper; Christine Sylvester, watercolor.
On February 10, 2017, over 60 original works of art by some of Cleveland’s newest artists will be on display in the city’s oldest gallery. Two long-standing entities of the Campus District, the Bishop William M. Cosgrove Center and The Bonfoey Gallery, have partnered together to showcase to the community the transformative impact of art.
HeART of the Street, a new program at the Cosgrove Center, provides its clients with arts courses twice a week with the aim of empowering them as individuals. “Teaching art is more than providing techniques, it’s about challenging the students to see the world in new ways,” said art instructor, Guy-Vincent. “I’ve witnessed a tremendous amount of empowerment and individual growth within the classroom participants.” The upcoming exhibition at Bonfoey will be the first public display of many of these artists’ work — demonstrating their significant progress since the program began last spring. Their instruction is individualized to meet the clients’ artistic needs, be it from a professional standpoint or from the perspective of art as therapy.
“The art program has restored my confidence and creative expression,”
said Cozetta Tinsley, program participant. “I feel connected to a larger community that shares my passion to create something beautiful.” In the future, HeART of the Street looks to take to the streets of Cleveland to create public art within the Campus District and to continue partnering with other institutions to best engage the community.
The “ART HEALS” exhibition will be held February 10, 2017 from 5:00-8:00pm at The Bonfoey Gallery. All sales from the event will directly benefit HeART of the Street programming and all participating art program clients.