This program offers adults and children a opportunity to work on candy gingerbread- nhouses every year at Fields Corner Boston Public Library.
Living Art will let you meet the first responders around your neighborhood, fire fighters, police, and many others. They will share their stories to you and you can share yours too.
My model is Boston Police officer, Seanad Coyne. She went to an all-girl’s high school and when she told her friends she was thinking about joining the Air Force they said she was insane to make that decision. However, after graduation she joined the Air Force and trained as a nurse.
Officer Coyne is the only woman in her family to join the Air Force or to become a police officer. She did both because she wanted to do more than the usual, she wanted to help her community.
Officer Coyne inspires me to achieve my goals the way she did. She is a strong and independent wom- an and that’s how I feel.
Artist: JoJo Carrillo
Model: Seanad Coyne
I chose to paint a police officer because they represent a hero capturing villains and putting them in jail. This painting shows an officer in a park, watching like a hawk, doing his job, making us safer. My model, Office Grubbs is very humble, peaceful and laid back. That’s why I painted him in a park with nature around him.
We are all humans, we are all born to shine, born to protect each other, love each other, we have a purpose. We have unique talents and different personalities along with different body features. Each one of us is unique.
Artist: Paola Almonte
Model: Kenny Grubbs
Everything we do is indeed a work in progress.
Nothing is ever really done, it’s only abandoned…but one of the steps you must take as an artist is knowing when to abandon a piece of work.
My model, Chantette, was very generous with her time, coming in to pose for me whenever she could. With this particular piece of work I’ve done a lot of steps but I don’t think my piece does her justice.
I’ve never really been much of a painter. I am more of an illustrator, using graphite and pen and paper. I haven’t painted since two summers ago. Now with this piece I had to decide to abandon this work in progress.
Artist: Isaiah Thistle
Model: Chantette Stallworthy
I feel great about participating in this program. I met a lot of interesting people, a couple of police officers, an EMT, a fighter fighter and a US Marine Corps veteran. I also met the Dudley Square muralist who taught me to mix colors to get skin tones.
My model is Colton, an EMT. We talked about how to stay fit and eat well. He taught me to ignore mass marketing of foods that aren’t good for my body.
Leslie is a great teacher, she told me to believe I can accomplish. I learned a lot about myself, that I can accomplish new things, things I felt I couldn’t do. I never thought I could paint but I did. I want people to look at my painting and think, Wow, he did that.