Tapp's Art Center hosts an art show... for the homeless?
You couldn't guess who was homeless Tuesday night, because everyone was dressed to the nine.
Even in being homeless, most artwork displayed a possitive outlook on life.
By Larkin Belton
Tapp's Art Center on Main Street in Columbia hosted an art show for Transitions Tuesday night.
Transitions is an organization in Columbia whose goal is to move people from homelessness to permanent housing. Using various strategies and services designed to stabilize their lives, increase their income, and help them secure permanent housing.
The art show held Tuesday night was not just a fundraiser for the homeless. But to showcase their abilities, because the art was actually done by the homeless.
Transitions holds art classes every week as a form of stabilization for its residents. The art that went up for auction ranged from drawings, painting, and pictures.
"I've always taken pictures, that's my only love, it's the only constant thing in my life," said Syd Curry.
Curry landed in Transitions after having her antiquing business go under in Charleston, but says everything will be okay. She said it's her photography that keeps her happy. Photography she only takes with a broken cell phone.
It was also the first time she had been in a crowd that big. A crowd that was admiring her work.
"That's what makes this event so special. The personalization," said Transitions CEO Craig Curry.
The art show did reach its goal, receiving over $20,000 dollars in donations.