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Homeless Shelter gets creative with its Clients

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The art classes uses pastel paints and various types of pencils and oil crayons. The art classes uses pastel paints and various types of pencils and oil crayons.
Candy Watch loves the art class and thinks that it's given her a fresh start to her life. Candy Watch loves the art class and thinks that it's given her a fresh start to her life.

 By: Emily Pacillo

Transitions Homeless Recovery Center is offering an art program where their clients learn how to draw and paint.  The coolest part is that they auction off these paintings every year in November to the public, and the homeless artists get to keep a portion of the sales.  This event is called "Reconstructing Home", where the artists get to express their thoughts on what home means to them through a paint brush and a canvas.

"Oh my gosh, I can't believe that I may actually be a real paint artist, that's just so freaking cool I can't believe it," said Candy Watch, a resident of the shelter.

These art classes aren't just a hobby for these people, but allows them to take a break from reality and gives them something to look forward to.  For Watch, the class has given her a fresh start to life, being that she is recently divorced with nowhere to go.

"It's one of the greatest joys of being here, it doesn't make it seem so lonely being in a shelter when you have a couple of really good classes to look forward to," said Watch.

Hoping that someone will enjoy her paintings in their home, Candy is trying to get back on her feet to find her own home.

The art auction will take place at Taps on Main Street on November 18.

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