The East Side Arts Council Gallery will be showing the artwork of Juan T. Parker through February 2016.
Senior Arts participants created incredible storytelling performances, visual art, and poetry this year. Here is a sample from their collection of poems If Only the World.
A Celebration of Quiet
by Joyce Stockton
The lake at sunrise, mist rising from the cold surface,a small fishing boat off the far island, lone fisherman. Small island in the Boundary Waters, waking in the tent, winds in the white pines, loon calls across the dark lake.
Calm before the storm, skies green, winds absent, ominous. An empty house, watching the trees switch in the windas darkness falls. Snowflakes wafting down, the whole world hushed by the layer of natural insulation.
A baby’s breath when deeply relaxed and asleep, scarcely moving the small body. Waking from deep sleep, seeing the lightening sky – no memories from the long, dark night.
The pause just before the flourishing end of the song, waiting. Relief when abrasive, dissonant music is silenced, an errant car alarm is finally put to rest.
City sounds – all that hurries, darts, speeds, honks, pushes, worries, controls – muffled by the wind and softly falling rain.
by Nancy Stalnaker Bundy
The sun was out southern style, breeze warm, inviting lingering on the sheltered porch discussing the gardenias, fragrant of privilege, with a woman who smiled trust, at me, made me feel peaceful, even comfortable. There was something familiar – hands folded, laugh quiet, how proper she sat tall in the rocking chair asking me where I was from, how many children did I have. I asked her the same question, was surprised she said she had small children, whom she needed to attend to, soon, no one else worthy, they were her responsibility. She had hands of an acrobat, performing act III, with balance, she saidhello, lovely weather we are having to the couples passing by, politely, self-assured. The sun blurred our vision, it was time to go inside. Holding hands, I took my mother to her room.
Over the Edge, Again
by Daniel Shaw
Two sips into a 6-oz cappuccino gratitude blossomsdesert flower on the heels of a shower.
I seize my cellin a blur of fingers, fashion passionate text, embellish with an emoticon, hit send before reasoncan slam on the brakes.
Remorse is a heartbeat behind.I tremble like a thiefwho hears a floorboard creak overhead.
I slowly scour the message for relief as a repentant drunk relives the revels of last night’s binge,beg history for a reprieveSamsung for malfunction.
No luck.That wild, unedited declaration lion’s roar, naked soulis loose in the world.
After School Arts is in full swing with classes at 10 local Saint Paul Public Schools. Classes this year include Hip Hop, Caribbean Dance, Mixed Media Visual Art, Upscale Fashion Design, B-Girl Break Dance, and more!
During School Artist Residencies are back with co-curricular classes in poetry, puppetry, global dance performance, and more!
A community arts organization offering accessible, low-cost or free arts programs led by accomplished professional artists, ESAC celebrates the diversity of its neighborhood and builds appreciation of the arts.
All our programs are ADA compliant and can be adapted to suit all participants. Please contact the East side Arts Council at (651) 774-5422 if you have special needs or require accommodations.
The mission of the East Side Arts Council is to collaborate with our community and artists to celebrate and experience the arts.
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