Green House Graphics Pop up Gallery Show

Hey Folks

I am writing to remind you about tonight’s Final Gallery Show of the fiscal year at Amazing Things Art Center in Framingham!!!!!

We have over 50 new pieces of artwork created by our AWESOME Young Adults.

Please join us to celebrate the YA finishing a 12 week program and buy art!!!!! It’s good for you.

See you there

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Photo voice & Greenhouse Graphics – Jari

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I started going to Tempo in Feb 2016 and I was really surprised that I had never heard of Tempo before. Ive been around the area countless of times and have lived in Framingham for a while now but yet I have never heard or seen anyone going there. Between struggling with going to college, working, and mental health problems, I found a place where I can learn, relax, and get paid at the same time. I still wonder why it hadn’t been recommended by anyone in DMH service sooner… Although through some difficult times, staff at wayside recommended Tempo and accompanied me to a tour given by Nick a Tempo staff. The art studio immediately caught my eye. I began going to the open studio times and worked on some artwork projects. I started the Photo-voice internship a couple weeks after and it went very well. There were about 4 or 5 other young adults and I figured that more people my age would want be involved in making art AND getting paid for it. Once a week for 8 weeks wasn’t bad and there was pizza! In the last Photo Voice we were incorporating vinyl dolls and photos to express our daily lives. I had created a doll to help children learn mathematics, although getting frustrated a couple times it came out pretty well. Overall the program was great and seeing the photos we took at the end was exciting. I learn a lot about how out other teens/young adults were benefiting from the program and expressing themselves positively through their artwork. The gallery was located at the College Planning Center on the FSU campus, and our work was spread out so that those can look at what we created in those eight weeks. I am currently in the 11th week of GreenHouse Graphics, its gone by so quickly. Im really enjoying exploring different kinds of media and creating different pieces. Im excited for the gallery at the end. Its still shocking that more people who go to Tempo everyday don’t take advantage to express themselves in artwork but the few who do really seem to enjoy it.

 

The picture above is of my painting of a trail in Saxonville, Framingham advertising the upcoming gallery show for Green House Graphics & Open House of Tempo June 30th 10:30-3pm.

-Jari

Green House Graphics’ Joker and Framingham Juvenile court Inspiration project

 

 

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By Jim Haddadin/Daily News Staff

June 05. 2015 12:29AM

Artwork offers new path in Framingham Juvenile Court

FRAMINGHAM — Sprawling across two canvasses, the mural on display inside Framingham Juvenile Court on Thursday offers a stark portrait of the choices many children face when they come in contact with the justice system.

On one panel, shadowy figures paced below the barbed wire fence of a detention facility. On the other panel, the red brick facade of one of Framingham State University’s school buildings was nestled on a grassy expanse. A parent and child walk side-by-side on a path leading to large block letters that spelled “Happiness.”

The mural, titled “The Path,” was painted by children at New River Academy, a residential facility in Framingham operated by the Department of Youth Services. The piece was created through a new DYS initiative aimed at brightening the halls of the juvenile court.

Organizers hope the new pieces will not only beautify the building, but also inspire juvenile offenders who find themselves before a judge to make positive choices in the future. Many of the pieces were created by teens currently in DYS custody.

“Clearly there was a need for something to create a more fruitful and inspirational environment in this building,” said state Rep. Carolyn Dykema, who pitched the idea last year, “and to have that hope and inspiration come from the kids in their words, through their art, just seemed like a natural fit.”

Teens at New River Academy were guided by Boston-based Studio Fresh as they created their mural over the course of the last six weeks. Other participants came from The Metrowest Boys and Girls club and TEMPO Young Adult Resource Center, a project of Wayside Youth and Family Support Network affiliated with the Department of Mental Health.

Paintings, drawings and photographs created by youth artists were displayed in the lobby of the juvenile court Thursday as Dykema gathered with members of the Legislature, the judiciary, the Probation Department and DYS to celebrate the initiative. Many pieces bore inspirational messages aimed at keeping other troubled youths on the right path.

“Don’t watch the clock,” read one message on a rectangular painting of a clock face, drawn by a girl named Izabella. “Do what it does. Keep going.”

“Stars can’t shine without darkness,” read another picture by an artist named Alyssa.

The pieces are slated to become part of a new permanent exhibit at the court once renovations are completed later this year.

Dykema, a Holliston Democrat, suggested introducing artwork into the building last year after seeing paper flowers taped to a wall. Judges and employees in the Probation Department enthusiastically supported the idea, she said.

“These kids have so much potential and so much to offer, and I really believe that the juvenile court especially is in a role … to try and help these kids realize their strengths and help them use this experience as a learning experience,” Dykema said.

Rep. Chris Walsh, D-Framingham, helped distribute commendations from the House of Representatives during Thursday’s ceremony. Walsh, an art school graduate, said art is a form of self exploration that becomes a conversation between the creator and the viewer.

DYS Commissioner Peter Forbes agreed, saying adults often struggle to communicate with children in state programs.

“For a lot of kids that are coming through the system, the challenge is really to begin that engagement process and actually get their attention and get their interest,” he said.

Visual art, music and poetry have become increasingly important facets of the DYS model over the last decade as the agency has partnered with community groups and individual artists to help youth express themselves and develop new skills.

“To the extent that a 17-year-old boy is not listening to what you have to say, there’s not going to be any change,” Forbes said. “This is really all about trying to generate an environment where kids can change.”

Dan, a 19-year-old youth consultant for the art project, said it took seeing the inside of a jail cell to convince him to embrace opportunities for rehabilitation. A native of Brockton, Dan was committed to the DYS system at age 14 and tagged as a youthful offender the following year. He decided to turn his life around while incarcerated and recently completed classes to become certified as an EMT.

He shared his life experience with participants in the art project earlier this year, hoping to persuade them to make positive choices in the future.

“At the end of the day, if you really want change, if you really want to do something, you can do it,” he said.

Jim Haddadin can be reached at 617-863-7144 or jhaddadin@wickedlocal.com. Follow him on Twitter: @JimHaddadin.

My experience by Chris Burpee

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How I describe Green House Graphics is the following.

This is my second time taking the workshop. I was a little nervous at first because of competition. Even though we work as a group, we still have to face the facts and be the best artists that we can be. Another GHG student and I worked together as a team. It was hard work and fun too. GHG is a fun, goofy place. Lots of creative ideas from staff and students. Sometime we even make new friends. It is also a great way to learn about art history too.

 

Chris Burpee

 

Wayside 5k for Kids

Green House Graphics did our very first Airbrush Tattoo event on October 5th at the Wayside 5k For Kids. We did just over 60 Airbrush Tattoos in about 3 hours and it was a Huge hit!!! Looking forward to doing more events like this in the future!