Posted by Shannon Orr on 09/07/2019
Ghost Town Arts Collective (GTAC) held it’s Call & Response Show with great reception. People from all over Texas and Oklahoma came to see the show that paired art with words. It housed sculptures, photography, paintings, mixed media and even independent films. This show was special to me as it allowed me the gift of expressing my thoughts through surrealism photography and then combining them with poems I learned to cultivate in the Catfish Writing Workshop, also hosted by GTAC.
It encompassed every single way I had found to express myself. Talking with people is often a struggle for me as I am looking for immediate depth. Here I could simply speak and people had the choice to walk by or stop and listen. I found a great luxury in those who not only stopped to listen but asked to hear more. Me, this woman who has grown through her own circles of hell and lived to tell about it. I had photos and poems of postpartum depression, the fight to come out of that, dealing with the haunting of PTSD and domestic abuse. The ability to meet with people and talk about these items which are heavily stigmatized and hidden in our culture was like taking the first deep breath after being submerged under murky water for so long.
I left the show equally drained and exhilarated. What will I do now? What subjects should I touch on? What do I have to say? I’m not sure, but what I am sure of is that GTAC has given me a home, a safe space to express myself and to always let those expressions be worthy. In a great state of self doubt having a group of people who believe in you more than you believe in yourself, well that’s better than liquid courage. That’s gold, and my tribe is golden.
Ghost Town Arts Collective is always looking for members and collaborations to work with. They hold true to the philosophy that art is for everyone, no matter what stage of an adventure an artist is on, they want to be apart of it and help others succeed in their creative living. You can find out more about them at www.ghosttownarts.org.
4.8 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 starsposted 3 months ago
My husband and I were over at Ideation Station last week and it’s exciting to see that the vision for the cultural Arts Center in Sherman is quickly coming to life! They have many wonderful artists, lots of incredible artwork being sold in the gallery, a photography darkroom and all kinds of creative workshops on site including different areas of the literary arts. They are growing the art community across Texoma!
5 out of 5 starsposted 4 months ago
Located in the Heart of Sherman TX with beautiful office spaces and artwork of all kinds are on the walls of this perfectly located business center. The owner is very nice and has quite a place for small businesses especially start ups.
5 out of 5 starsposted 5 months ago
What a fantastic space to visit. I love this concept of bringing local business owners together in a space that also supporting local artists. My favorite display is by the front door by my friend Bo Huff!