A Raleigh church is providing a sanctuary for artisans in search of a place to create.
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on Clark Avenue offers Open Space time from 9 to 11 a.m. Mondays. Use of the workspace is free, and an invitation to join in is open to all craftspeople from painters to fiber artists to jewelry makers and everyone in between.
The Open Space concept at Holy Trinity Lutheran is the brainchild of church member Cynthia Stammers, an artist specializing in collage. She said the church space not only provides work tables for spreading out projects, but an enlightening space to see creations in progress.
“It has very bright lighting with natural light streaming in,” Stammers said. “And it has overhead lighting as well. I think it would be great for someone who has to have accurate lighting.”
Stammers usually practices her craft in isolation, but she imagined it would be great to share a quiet space.
“I thought it would be nice to have some other people around,” she said.
While her church has graciously offered the use of its space, Stammers stressed that artisans taking advantage of the studio time do not have to be working on religious art. They also don’t have to be religious.
In this case, it is all about the art, she said.
“It’s just a nice use of the space, and it’s hard to find free studio space,” Stammers said.
In honor of Black History Month, Edenton Street United Methodist Church will host Uzee Brown Jr. for an artist-in-residence weekend February 6-8.
Brown is a noted composer and arranger who currently serves as chairman of the department of music at Morehouse College in Atlanta.
The weekend will conclude with a concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, at the church.
Brown will present a program of spirituals, gospel songs and art songs by African-American composers. He will be joined by the Edenton Street United Methodist Chancel Choir and Festival Chorus.
The church is located at 228 W. Edenton St. in downtown Raleigh. Free parking is available.
Registration is now open for February’s Revive! Respite at Richland Creek Community Church in Wake Forest.
Revive! Respite is a monthly opportunity for parents of children with special needs to take a break while knowing that their children are in good hands.
The free event is open to all parents of children with special needs. Participants do not have to be church members. The program is for children up to 12 years old and their siblings.
Volunteers are trained for the job, and a nurse is available for any medical needs or to distribute prescription medications.
Playtime for the children includes activities that are both age- and ability-appropriate ranging from pretend play to games to arts and crafts.
The next Revive! Respite is scheduled for 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13. The attendance count is crucial so that staffing levels are correct, so families must register ahead of time on the church’s website at richlandcreek.com/specialneeds. Registration closes Feb. 10.