Should you drop in N Street Village’s Multipurpose Room on Tuesday afternoon, you’ll be greeted by a buzz of activity. Classic soul music plays in the background as women are absorbed by a variety of art projects. Women are gathered around different stations where they decorate small jewelry boxes, paint pictures, and crochet.
Welcome to Open Hart Studio.
Open Hart Studio is coordinated by N Street Village’s Community Organizer and unofficial Artist in Residence Sharon Hart. A woman may walk in thinking she has little creative talent but under the patient guidance of Sharon, she becomes an artist and creates things of beauty. Sharon’s past projects have included decorating gift bags for N Street Village’s volunteers, making sand art, assembling origami, and even icing cookies for N Street Village events.
Sharon also gives women the opportunity to follow their own passions. While some work on the projects she has designed, others are busy working on their own projects. One Tuesday while a group of women made their own boxes, Bobbie painted cards filled with flowers, while Petrina designed hers with abstract images. Other women were busying crocheting. For Bobbie, painting is therapeutic and allows her to get lost in the moment. For Alberta, the Open Studio brings out the kid in her.
Perhaps the most commonly recited refrain is Ann’s: “I never thought I could do this, until Sharon taught me how.” The women draw energy and inspiration from Sharon. Participating in the Open Studio is an opportunity to have fun, be creative, and brighten up the N Street Village community.