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A place to Call Home

“A Place To Call Home”

Stories of the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless

Apr 27, 2017


The second annual art exhibit that focuses on homelessness,“A Place To Call Home”
Opening Reception,  Saturday, May 13, 4:00 pm

Exhibit on display through May 22 at the Paul Mahder Gallery, 222 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg

“A Place To Call Home” continues to tell the stories of the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless.  It celebrates through art the successes of North Sonoma County Services while shining a light on the challenges that still exist and uses the  transformative power of art to bring awareness and understanding to this vital issue.  It also presents an innovative solution to transitional housing.

Mobile shelter called Dorothy by Ken Berman, ArtistSebastopol artist and architect Ken Berman and a Healdsburg High School art class project led by teacher/artist Linus Lancaster have designed mobile shelters that can be attached to bicycles and that provide a sleeping area as well as secure storage. Ken’s design, called a Turtle, not only brings greater awareness of the challenges of housing but “demonstrates how a new design paradigm can remove the stigma associated with homelessness when it is also a functional piece of art”. The clean aerodynamic shape of the Turtle will be covered by artwork that has been reproduced from original paintings.

Being displayed in the show is the first prototype along with 6 quarter scale models. The first Turtle will have one of Ken’s original paintings on it, reproduced on vinyl which also acts as a moisture barrier. Ken envisions the turtles in use as transitional housing as well as disaster relief. Ken has a patent pending on this design. For more information,you can go to

The Healdsburg High School art class has taken a more traditional approach in their design, with more of a tiny cabin look, replete with shingled roof. Their effort is also a learning process, initiating them into the subject of homelessness and responding with a design that can help alleviate some of the housing crises that exist.

The show also features artwork from other Sonoma County students in response to the issue of homelessness: freshman class of Healdsburg High School, Healdsburg Junior High, The Healdsburg School, Healdsburg Charter School, Pathways Charter School, Healdsburg Elementary School, and St. John The Baptist School. Included in the show is an inspiring exhibition of photos taken by some of the homeless community in which each of them shares a day in their life through their photographs.

On May 18, 7PM at the Paul Mahder Gallery, Marcus Cano shows the documentary he made last year while a senior at Healdsburg High School.The showing is free. If you would like to donate to help - contact Colleen Carmichael,North Sonoma County Services  707 433-6161.


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