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Sunday Highlight: Bedtime Stories: The Chicken and the Egg
detail: quilt, "Chicken and the Egg"
Which came first: disability or homelessness, job loss or sleeping in your car, addiction or medical catastrophe? It may not affect you... until it does.
The quilt, "Chicken and the Egg" by Cathy Jeffers is the size of a bed quilt and depicts various children's stories about chickens, eggs and the sky falling. On one hand, it evokes feelings of coziness and home, but it is created by an artist whose medical issues and ties to tenuous social services have made her housing situation precarious.
The hide-n-seek game that Cathy plays with the viewer in this quilt is playful and quirky in all of its depiction of bedtime stories. As the weather starts to plummet, and we are cozied under our own quilts with our families, we think of our friends sleeping outdoors. As a result, Cathy’s current exhibition on view at the law office of Parks and Meade has been partnered with a blanket drive for Under the Stars. Cathy's story as an artist is not so far from the stories you hear of our unsheltered friends.
Under the Stars was founded by Butch Zurbriggen and his daughter Hope who wanted to serve these individuals as friends and offer them some comfort without judging why they were in need. The mission has grown to a large group of individuals who cook a hot meal every Wednesday night, go downtown to the St. Johns UCC on Mound Street, and meet a regular group of unsheltered friends.
The blanket drive was the idea of Andrea Lawson, who recently passed the bar exam and will be sworn in as an attorney on November 12th. Her mission for social justice and the rights of the incarcerated inspired her use the Open House, on November 21st as an opportunity to serve others. Parks and Meade will not only be celebrating the artist that night, but also Andrea as she transitions from Law Clerk to Attorney.
Other current needs expressed by Under the Stars are new socks and underwear, gently used backpacks, gently used men's shoes, and large, gently used men’s coats. More information can be found by going to www.parksandmeade.com or by calling Heidi Meade at Parks and Meade at 614-964-0371.