Wednesday, July 07, 2010

The Modern Cup Show: An Art Collaboration

While I spend most of my time hammering peak oil and how we go about dealing with it, I am also happy to support local activities. Hannah Beals has brought this event to my attention, and I am happy to pay it forward.

Beginning on July 7th, mental illness patients living at the Clayton Residential Home in Chicago will be displaying and selling their artwork at the Common Cup coffeehouse in Rogers Park for the month. The show, entitled The Modern Cup Show: An Art Collaboration will display the paintings and media collages created by artists who receive treatments at the Clayton Residential Center. The artists were given a "common" coffee cup and allowed the freedom to expand with their own themes. The center works to benefit individuals living there with disabilities, or at risk for disabilities, by allowing them to live, work, and play in the community. Their collaboration with the Common Cup gave patients the ability to use their art creations as an outlet for personal expression and an alternative to traditional treatments. The artwork will be available for purchase during the entire month of July, with a portion of proceeds benefiting the artists who reside at the Clayton Residential Home.

The Common Cup is a charming, friendly place to get a cup of tea or coffee and for this month we can supplement our drink with art by fellow citizens. Head on over the next time you feel the need for caffeine!

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