Do you remember Mom and Dad showcasing your latest artistic masterpiece – or short of that, your newest finger painting – on the refrigerator for all to see? David Rhodes does. His mom still has drawings he made in the first grade.
David has been a life-long artist and came to discover a love for photography in high school. His photography teacher taught the basics, including darkroom skills and camera mechanics. David came to appreciate the craft of non-digital photography.
Unfortunately, not all students get a chance to be inspired artistically in schools. But David and Holy Family School hope to change that. Together they have created an art exhibit and fundraiser that will take place on Saturday, October 20.
The exhibit developed from an idea David shared with a friend to a connection with the Holy Family School principal to conducting workshops throughout the last year for students from kindergarten to eighth grade. David says the goal was to expose, “multiple avenues of creative expression,” and the goal was exceeded: the workshops explored a variety of different mediums, including (but definitely not limited to) comic books, jewelry making, and painting with vegetables.
Funds raised at the one-day-only event will benefit arts programs, including aiding in purchasing classroom art materials. The exhibit will be held from noon to 3 pm on Saturday, October 20 at the DePaul campus Starbucks, located at 1245 W Fullerton in Lincoln Park. The students whose work will be featured will be present to discuss their art.
David is grateful that God blessed everyone involved with the resources and energy to complete this intense project. He knows the students’ creative exploration has grown through the workshops and he hopes they have learned things they couldn’t have without an art program.
Maybe for some of these students this move from refrigerator to gallery space will start a creative spark. Come and see that spark ignite!
For more information about David and to see the flier for the Holy Family School Art Show, click HERE.