Habitat for Humanity Riverside is synonymous with housing, and its Artist Showcase is synonymous with creativity and fun as evidenced by all the families that gathered to enjoy some fantastic homes of another kind at the Arts Walk on Thursday, Aug. 1.
Families gathered to enjoy the unique pieces of art created by local artists — dollhouses in honor of Habitat Riverside’s 25th anniversary (which will be celebrated Sept. 21 at the Riverside Municipal Auditorium) and wood plaques to celebrate the ReStore’s 15th anniversary. Originally envisioned as 25 dollhouses and 15 plaques, the final tally was actually 26 dollhouses and 19 wood plaques due to the interest of so many talented artists.
Many of the artists were onsite at Arts Walk to support Habitat’s Artist Showcase as well as to discuss the techniques and materials they used and the meaning of their pieces. Anita Silvestri answered questions about the intricate artistry involved in her Home Tweet Home dollhouse perched in its own tree, and Andrea Cruz explained how her dollhouse illustrated an artist’s “journey to freedom.”
Volunteers from Calvary Presbyterian Church, Soroptimist International of Riverside, American Association of University Women and Art Plantae were on hand as Habitat ambassadors.