An Exhibit That Touches Hearts, Art by Homeless and At-Risk Women, Opens Saturday

Published : Thursday, September 19, 2019 | 10:44 AM

[Updated]  An exhibit of artwork created by guests of The Women’s Room, a program operated by a Pasadena nonprofit which serves women who are alone and homeless or at risk of homelessness, opens this weekend at the Armory Center for the Arts.

“The Armory believes that art can be a transformative experience, and I hope the artists in this exhibition feel thrilled and proud. It’s an impressive show,” said the Armory’s Director of Communications, Jon Lapointe.

The Women’s Room Director Marlene Martinez said that her organization strongly believes that art is therapy.

“We have watched many women transform through artistic exploration.  Art is therapeutic and our women get a great deal out of it.  The mental stimulation and communal connection, along with the deep artistic expression that is often unavailable to those on the streets, is one our unique qualities in TWR,” Martinez said. “We invite everyone to come experience The Women’s Room program through their eyes.”

The Women’s Room is a daytime refuge known for wrapping its arms around the 20 to 35 women who come through the door each day, making them feel whole and appreciated.

“I owe my life to The Women’s Room,” said one guest, who since became employed, housed and reconnected to her family.

Through individual attention and educational and recreational programs, the women begin making choices to improve their lives while guests of the Women’s Room. Equally important, through socializing and helping one another, they build a sense of community – a major element in their success and prevention of homelessness.

The artwork was created by a few of the women and is an artistic outpouring of their emotions.

The Women’s Room is hosted and operated by Friends Indeed, an interfaith collaborative dedicated to meeting the needs of great Pasadena’s most vulnerable residents.

LaPointe said the Armory considers it “an honor and responsibility to provide a safe, welcoming space where community voices can be elevated and celebrated. It’s core to our mission.”

The exhibition opens in the Armory’s Community Room at noon on Saturday, Sept. 21, and will be open thereafter daily from noon until 5 p.m. daily except Tuesdays and holidays. Admission is free.

It runs through Sunday, December 1, 2019.

The Armory Center for the Arts is located at 145 North Raymond Avenue in Old Pasadena. For more visit www.armoryarts.org or call (626) 792-5101.

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