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July 8, 2009 > Art from the creek

Art from the creek

Submitted By Donna von Behrens

David has doodled his whole life. Approximately six years ago, David was struck by a car while riding his bicycle in a crosswalk. During his recovery his illustrations became more intricate. Watching his drawings develop is amazing. The color, the shapes - like watching a metropolis flow onto paper before your eyes. He uses anything to create his shapes: pencils, ballpoint or felt-tip pens, crayon, and watercolors - you name it. If it works, David works it.

Currently David lives by the creek in Hayward, creating his art and working toward sustainability. Art is a fantastic way to bring positive recognition to individuals who are homeless or affected by poverty. Many of these individuals have been unable to find regular work, but are very talented and create beautiful art pieces. Allowing these individuals a chance to share their art could be advantageous. Just one interested buyer or critic could lead these artists to a successful, sustainable lifestyle - a life where hunger, shelter, the necessities of life are not only a dream, but a reality.

To reach this reality South Hayward Parish's Hayward Community Action Network (CAN) program is promoting local artists from Hayward's streets, parks/creeks, and shelters to create a collective show. Some art pieces are for sale, others have been reproduced on greeting cards and prints. Half of the proceeds are returned to the artists, the other half goes back into Hayward CAN. As of June, 73 percent of the participants of local feeding programs that participate in Hayward CAN have lived in Hayward for 20 or more years. 53 percent are lifelong residents. CAN brings Hayward homeless, faith, business, law enforcement, and social service communities together to develop sustainable solutions.

Come see the Hayward CAN art show at the Downtown Street Parties, third Thursdays in July, August, and September, B Street, Hayward, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30pm.

For more information about Hayward CAN, call Program Director, Sara Lamnin, (510) 432-7703 or

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