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Artist Therman Statom unveils art at First Friday event

Celebrated American Glass Artist Therman Statom will unveil a 12 ft. glass sculpture he’s created for the public art project Doorways to Hope, Friday, September 5, 2014 (4:30 – 6pm) during a First Friday event to be held in the lobby at Well Fargo Bank, 1248 O Streets, Lincoln.  The UNL Chamber Singers with Director Therees Tkach Hibbard, will give a brief performance and representatives from Hildegard Center for the Arts and Lincoln/Lancaster County Habitat for Humanity will share information about the upcoming Doorways to Hope benefit auction scheduled for October 5, 2014.

 “Doorways to Hope” is a public art project that is raising funds for a new Habitat Home called an “Art House Build.”  Spearheaded by Hildegard Center for the Arts and Lincoln/Lancaster County Habitat for Humanity, the project called upon artists to work with community groups to create works of art using doors in some way. 

Therman Statom served as “Signature Artist” for Doorways to Hope, providing inspiration to many of the participating artists and creating an original work of art for the benefit auction. Along with Statom’s sculpture, twenty doors have been created by local artists and will be silent-auctioned during a Free Family Event | Benefit Auction, October 5, 2014, 2-5 pm, at the Nebraska Tennis Center located at the Ethel S. Abbott Sports Complex in Lincoln (7600 N. 70th Street). Statom’s art will be auctioned “live” beginning at 3pm.  Proceeds will help build a new Habitat home with a family in need. Artists will also receive small portion of the proceeds and Hildegard Center for the Arts plans to begin an endowment for a home of its own. 

Therman Statom is an American Studio Glass artist whose primary medium is sheet glass. He cuts, paints, and assembles the glass, to create three-dimensional sculptures, many of which are very large in scale. His twenty-five year professional career includes exhibitions at major museums across the United States and internationally; Stockholm, Sweden; Paris, France; Hokkaido, Japan and Ensenada, Mexico.

Statom’s glass sculpture and the twenty doors are currently on display at different site locations throughout the Capital City. The public is encouraged to download a map, visit all twenty door-site locations and vote for their favorite door online at www.DoorwaysProject.org.

The October 5 benefit auction for Doorways to Hope is billed as a Free Family Event.  Guests will be treated to free food, live entertainment with acclaimed juggler Chad Lunders and the band “Toasted Ponies”.  All doors will be on display and the community will get to meet and visit with the artists and bid on their favorite doors, including Statom’s art.

Artists will also be on hand to help kids and adults paint stenciled leaves onto a twenty-foot mural made up of hinged interior doors.  The doors will then be unhinged, attached with doorknobs, lacquered and placed in Habitat for Humanity Homes. Special guest Mayor Chris Beutler is scheduled to attend the event beginning at 3pm and will officially declare October 5 “Doorways to Hope Day”. 

To view all twenty doors and to learn more about Doorways to Hope, visit www.DoorwaysProject.org.

Community Sponsors:
Community sponsors for Doorways to Hope include: Joe and Rita Kean, Lincoln Internal Medicine Associates, Judds Brothers Construction, Olsson Associates, Union Bank, White Law Office, P.C., L.L.O., Legacy Retirement Communities, Glass Edge of Lincoln, Nucor, KFOR Three Eagles Communications, Lincoln/Lancaster County Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors, Departments of Music, Art, and Theatre Southeast Community College-Beatrice Campus, Remax Real Estate Concepts Susan Ferris, Eyecare Specialties, Dick and Fran Olson, Rev. Dr. Ronald L. Bump, Rixstine Recognition, Barrett Remodeling, Inc., Eagle Group, Russ’s Market, Anonymous Donor and the Ethel S. Abbott Sports Complex (Event Sponsor). 

The Project Committee for Doorways to Hope includes: Kim Einspahr, Cathy Harrington, Stephanie Novacek, Liz Shea-McCoy, Marilyn Stadler, Ann Williams, Michele Williamson and Anne Woita.

About Lincoln / Lancaster County Habitat for Humanity
Lincoln/Lancaster County Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. Lincoln/Lancaster County Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.  Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.

About Hildegard Center for the Arts
Hildegard Center for the Arts is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit arts organization established in 2009.  Its mission is to unite people of all beliefs, cultures and traditions to inspire humanity through the Arts. Despite its lack of “walls” or any paid staff, Hildegard has managed to make a significant impact on Lincoln and the arts community. From co-sponsoring nationally known speakers to spearheading an inaugural “Spiritual Art Tour”, to two published books and countless meaningful collaborations with artists to bring creative art experiences for people of all ages and backgrounds, Hildegard seems to be everywhere at once. Doorways to Hope shares a special synergy with its latest themed-initiative, Art in Non-Traditional Spaces. Under this umbrella, Hildegard is providing original art opportunities to non-traditional audiences that outreach and touch the lives of patients, children, the elderly and homeless. The vision for Hildegard Center for the Arts is to ultimately have walls and become the center for spiritual, fine and performing arts for the great State of Nebraska