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Community Art Unveiling at the Center Against Family Violence in El Paso

The public unveiling of the “Tree of Hope” will be held Thursday, June 21, at noon, at the Center Against Family Violence, located at 580 Giles Road, El Paso, 79915.

The unveiling of “Tree of Life” is open to the public. The dedication will be lead by City Representative Emma Acosta, along with additional representatives from the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department.

Two talented mosaic artists, Terri Wright and Kathryn Gelinas, have created a “Tree of Hope” sculpture in the lobby of the Family Resource Center at the Center Against Family Violence.

“We are delighted to have this beautiful art piece in our lobby,” said Stephanie Karr, Executive Director of the Center Against Family Violence. “It reflects our mission of providing hope to those families coming to us in the aftermath of family violence.  The message is one of growth, inspiration and healing. We are grateful to MCAD for selecting us to be the location of this beautiful mosaic.”

Artists Wright and Gelinas have been funded through a grant under the Community Arts Program administered by the Museum and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD) of The City of El Paso. The main goal of this grant program is to provide support and opportunities for individual artists to teach, perform, exhibit, and extend their work into the community of El Paso.

About the Artist Process

Wright and Gelinas asked the children of the CAFV to paint mosaic tiles which the artists later used to construct the artwork. The children and family members had a unique hands-on experience in the creation of the primary elements of an art piece which was then assembled into a 6’foot tree, sprouting flowers, faces and birds at the Center Against Family Violence.

Past projects by Wright and Gelinas include, the Ysleta Branch Library, Burges Branch Library and the Esperanza Moreno Acosta Branch Library.

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