The Stewpot offers a creative outlet
Bet you never thought an art crawl in Dallas could include a homeless center. Thanks to The Stewpot and the Dallas Public Library, however, your perspective might change a bit. The Stewpot, a resource for the homeless and at-risk, will present artwork by its clients at the main library downtown starting this Sunday. The works to be shown are from those taking part in Stewpot's on-site art classes facilitated by Cynthia Brannum and Pamela Nelson. Proving that even in despair there is expression, the pieces will include paintings, sculptures, textiles and more. "It's one thing for a person to lose their material possessions, but when they lose opportunities to express themselves creatively, it can take a mental and emotional toll," Brannum says. Hang on a sec; we're adding Brannum and Nelson to our local heroes list. There. Two names stronger. Soon we'll need two hands to count 'em! The exhibit will be on display through December 29 at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young St., with an opening reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. All artwork is available for purchase with all proceeds going directly to the artists. For more information, contact The Stewpot at 214-748-8051 or visit www.thestewpot.org. --Rich Lopez
The Stewpot art studio
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Thanksgiving, a non-holiday in our opinion, is just an excuse for your relatives to be nosy ("How soon will we hear the pitter-patter of little feet, dear?"). This year, tell your relatives to stuff it (their own turkeys, we mean), and take your belly to Standard, 2816 Fairmount St. With pumpkin and chestnut soup and salad, followed by your choice of turkey, salmon or ham and a scrumptious dessert, why risk Aunt Martha's Offal Trifle? Standard will even provide a sack of leftovers and a handful of cookies for the road. Thanksgiving dinner is noon to 9 p.m., Thursday. Cost is $35.95 per adult, $14.95 per child. Call 214-720-9292. --Michelle Mathews
The Capital of Art
What is the one thing that is capable of pitting husband against wife, brother against brother, mother against child, neighbor against neighbor? You guessed it: money. They don't call it "mean green" for nothing. Many a heinous crime has been committed for the love of money, but for that same love, Fort Worth artist Natalie Erwin chose that medium to create something beautiful and unifying. Using vividly colored currency, Erwin creates a unique artistic experience built on that which has formed chasms so deep men and nations have been divided on its account. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, the Fort Worth Community Art Center, 1300 Gendy St., will host its 2nd Annual Art Show featuring Erwin's exhibition, Cocktails and Currency, which uses foreign bank notes and stamps to symbolize various cultures and somehow manages to extract beauty from the bane. For event information call 817-738-1938. For artist information visit www.natalieerwin.com. --Stephanie Morris