Threshold to Hope is giving community artists a platform to create their own masterpiece

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Showing love through art, that’s what Threshold to Hope in the Twin Cities sets out to do every Tuesday Wednesday and Friday.

Community members who have a passion for painting are invited to come in and explore new skills. 

“It’s basically art for everybody,” said Threshold to Hope Owner, Nora Zaring. “It’s, whether you can afford it or not, we want you to come and do art because art is so healing.”

Nora Zaring and her husband started the non-profit, which gives community members who can least afford it the ability to create something they least expected. 

“When I first came in here, I told Nora, I cannot paint,” said Mary Darling, painter. “I have never held a paintbrush, I am not going to be able to do anything.”

Since that moment Darling has been able to put her brush to the paper and expand what she thought was possible.

“It has opened my ability to express myself better,” said Darling. “When i don’t have words I can express myself through painting.”

In addition to art skills, the painters learn how to turn their masterpieces into cash.

“The first time I sold my paintings, I was able to use my painting to buy myself an art desk at home,” said Darling.

You can check out some artwork at the next showing and selling on August 24th, at the Sweet Corn Circus in Uptown Normal. 

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