The Hope Center, a day shelter for those experiencing homelessness and poverty in the city of Wilmington (and a mission of The Anchor United Methodist Church), recently published its first Art Journal called Hope’s Lens.
The art journal is the embodiment of Hope Center Assistant Director and West Virginia University Art Major, Klair Casteen who saw the project as a way to help those experiencing poverty express themselves creatively through art. For Klair, the vision of the project was influenced by her own personal experience after she discovered that her “wellbeing and faith in my walk with God over time improved through the practice of art in many forms.” It was her vision to share this same experience with others. Over the summer, she invited people to experiment with a variety of art mediums. “Some may not have been the so-called “high artist.” However, their work is, in the truest sense of the word, art—through raw expression.” The art journal contains the work of several artists and will be shared with 150 friends of the Hope Center. An art show is planned for the fall of 2017 with a second art journal to be published in Spring 2018.
Read more about Klair Casteen here: http://wilmingtonhopecenter.org/klair-casteen/ .