Haven Min­istries of­fers Art for Your Home pro­gram

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Obituaries -

CEN­TRE­VILLE — Haven Min­istries is go­ing one step fur­ther in pro­vid­ing qual­ity ser­vices to make hous­ing homier for res­i­dents of Queen Anne’s County. In a new pro­gram called “Art For Your Home,” the or­ga­ni­za­tion is pro­vid­ing free framed orig­i­nal art­work to its clients mov­ing from home­less sta­tus to per­ma­nent hous­ing.

The idea orig­i­nated with Phil Sta­ple­ton, a vol­un­teer with Haven Min­istries who is co­or­di­nat­ing the pro­gram. He re­called, “Our res­i­dents fi­nally scrape to­gether money to get into per­ma­nent hous­ing, but usu­ally don’t have things on the wall that makes it look like a home. I saw a pro­gram like this hap­pen­ing in Ar­ling­ton, VA, and thought we could do it in Queen Anne’s County.”

The art­work, which is do­nated by lo­cal artists, in­clud­ing artists from the Kent Is­land Fed­er­a­tion of Arts in Stevensville, in­cludes pho­tog­ra­phy, water­col­ors, paint­ings and other two-di­men­sional work. Sta­ple­ton added, “What struck me af­ter talk­ing with sev­eral artists is that th­ese artists have ex­tra art­work they are more than will­ing to do­nate to this cause.”

Sev­eral pieces of art­work are on dis­play at Haven Min­istries Re­source Cen­ter and Hope Ware­house, as well as in the Queen Anne’s County De­part­ment of Hous­ing and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices. Hope Ware­house will be the cen­tral lo­ca­tion where res­i­dents can go to select art­work for their homes, but art­work will also be made avail­able for the pro­gram at two up­com­ing events.

Lo­cal artist John Sharp of Cen­tre­ville and friends are par­tic­i­pat­ing in an art ex­hibit to ben­e­fit Haven Min­istries and high­light the Art For Your Home Pro­gram. On Satur­day, Oct. 6, from 7 to 9 p.m., Sharp will be the fea­tured artist in the open­ing of the art ex­hibit at Queen Anne’s County Cen­tre for the Arts at 206 S. Com­merce Street in Cen­tre­ville. The art ex­hibit will be open about a month.

Sharp said, “Ev­ery­one should be able to en­joy art. That sim­ple plea­sure, per­haps evok­ing an emo­tion or a me­mory, should be avail­able to all. I be­lieve the Art For Your Home Pro­gram is a great way to af­ford that op­por­tu­nity to folks, who, at the mo­ment have more press­ing needs. I am very ap­pre­cia­tive to have Haven Min­istries at our show and cer­tainly hope that some of the art­work will brighten some­one’s day.”

Ac­cord­ing to Michael Bell, art su­per­vi­sor with Queen Anne’s County Pub­lic Schools, stu­dents in Queen Anne’s County will be cre­at­ing art­work for the pro­gram, work­ing with the Queen Anne’s County Cen­tre for the Arts for a show­ing of the stu­dent-pro­duced art­work in the spring and gain­ing ser­vice learn­ing hours for their par­tic­i­pa­tion.

The Grand Open­ing of Haven Min­istries Hope Ware­house will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4. Hope Ware­house is lo­cated be­hind the Queen­stown Premium Out­lets at 6537 Friel’s Road in Queen­stown.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Art For Your Home Pro­gram, con­tact Phil Sta­ple­ton at 410-8277232. For in­for­ma­tion about the Hope Ware­house, con­tact Su­san Phillips at hope­ware­house@ haven-min­istries.com or call 410-490-8498, or visit haven-min­istries.org.


Phil Sta­ple­ton, a vol­un­teer with Haven Min­istries, stands with art­work be­ing of­fered in through the “Art For Your Home” pro­gram at Hope Ware­house. The or­ga­ni­za­tion is pro­vid­ing free framed orig­i­nal art­work to its clients mov­ing into per­ma­nent hous­ing.

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