No Freeze Center forming creative arts program

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Windham - posted Sun., Feb. 27, 2011
One of the works of art currently on display at the Windham Region No Freeze Hospitality Center. Photos by Melanie Savage.
One of the works of art currently on display at the Windham Region No Freeze Hospitality Center. Photos by Melanie Savage.

Leigh Duffy took over as the director of the Windham Region No Freeze Hospitality Center in November of 2010. Since then, she has been hard at work enhancing the comfort of shelter guests, and conducting outreach within the local community.

One of her newest projects is a creative arts program. “In an ongoing effort to continue to provide opportunities to integrate our shelter into the community,” said Duffy, “we are trying to create an art gallery at the shelter which would display art works from our past and current guests.”

Duffy is seeking artists within the community to “create, run and manage the gallery program as it evolves.” The shelter is now open on Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. to provide a warm space for guests, and to welcome past guests or community members who can share their creative talents. “Currently, a past guest, artist Phil Black, is coming on Sundays to work on his period figures in relief created entirely from aluminum cans,” said Duffy. “Phil has instructed guests on how to cut the cans, glue them and create medallions and three-dimensional pieces.” The shelter is currently collecting donations to help mat and frame paintings and print works for display at the gallery.

Anyone interested in becoming involved in the No Freeze Hospitality Center’s creative arts program in any capacity should contact the shelter at 860-450-1346.


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