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What's a Habitat ReStore doing with a bunch of artsy-fartsy workshops?
The main task of a Habitat for Humanity ReStore in any city is to support the local affiliate's mission of partnering with needy families to get them out of poverty housing into safe, well-built, secure homes. And while that is the ReStore focus every day, the "flavor" of any successful ReStore is in sync with its regional surroundings. In our area, reflecting the historic and arts districts of Madison and Vevay, and catering to the imagination of customers from Oldham County, Carrollton, Scottsburg, Columbus, and points in between, is crucial. A couple of years ago, a determination was made to develop the ReStore in Jefferson County to be the artsiest, hippest, funnest, bestest thrift store in the region.
Enter the Indiana Arts Commission, who periodically offers grants to groups that are specifically not arts organizations. Our grant has enabled us to "think outside the box" of our regular routines and offer four free, hands-on, professional artist-led workshops to all kinds of people, regardless of their artistic skills. We have such a wide variety of folks who shop and donate to the ReStore, that this seems like a perfect fit.
The first workshop in the series is Saturday, Oct. 3, 10am-2pm. Award-winning painter/sculptor Eric Phagan has sketched a fun image of Madison on one of the three buildings in the ReStore complex, and will guide participants in applying the color and details Saturday. The mural features the river, downtown, and the hilltop -- even a future Habitat for Humanity neighborhood. Paint, brushes, drinking water, and snacks will be provided; it's a fun, no-cost way to partner with an extremely talented nice guy who has painted a lot of murals. It's perfect for business people, students, retirees, budding artists, and those who don't feel artistic at all to be part of something really cool.
Then, just in time for Christmas gift-making, the Found-Object Art workshop is Friday, November 6, and Saturday, November 7. Professional "upcyclist" and blogger Gail Wilson will be the inspiration as participants create awesome things out of not-so-desirable objects that can be found in a dusty attic, long-forgotten in a shed, or in a 90%-off corner of the ReStore. Art and crafting supplies will be provided. Finished pieces belong to the participants to keep, give as gifts, or even donate back to the ReStore to sell to the general public. Some of Gail Wilson's ingenious handiwork can be seen at myrepurposedlife.com and on facebook.
Pinterest enthusiasts have been talking about making furniture and other functional art out of wood pallets, or skids, for some time. We will offer a free workshop in March, 2016, that will let participants build their choice of several projects, with a small army of creative, saw-savvy leaders to help even the most fumble-fingered crafters leave the workshop with a great plank-wood piece and all their digits intact. This workshop is inspired in part by our current Habitat House family, whose finished house will feature some pallet-wood decorative details.
The final, and perhaps most challenging, workshop in May, 2016, will teach folks how to build a wood pergola, a sturdy but lightweight structure that can turn a mere gravel patio into an outdoor room for entertaining. Architectural designer Brian Martin and structural engineer Peter Ellis have agreed to oversee this workshop; participants can bring a photo of an existing outdoor space to find out how to fine-tune the details of their pergolas to enhance their existing architecture - who knew?
Complete details are available at hfhmadison.com, or contact the Habitat for Humanity ReStore at 812.273.9500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.