Clothing Wanted! Sharing Warmth, Making Art

Clear out those closets and dressers and feel good doing it. Your gently used clothing will warm dozens of people this winter, but first your donations will become part of a cool replication of the classic painting Starry Night.

Donate new or used winter clothes at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library (look for donation bins in our rotunda) or at Yeldarb Gallery, 909 North Kansas Ave. The clothing drive is held in conjunction with Teens Taking Action’s clothing drive, which ends Sept. 30. Clothing used in the art project will not be damaged and will be donated to the Topeka Rescue Mission upon completion.

Citizens can be part of Seams: Like Van Gogh, this community art project. Your chance to recreate Van Gogh’s Starry Night in a way it’s never been seen before comes Sept. 26–30, 10am–6pm at Yeldarb Gallery, 909 N. Kansas Ave. Just show up, all experience levels are welcome.

View the finished artwork at Yeldarb Gallery Oct. 5–Oct. 14, on which date the installation will be disassembled and the clothing distributed by the Topeka Rescue Mission.

For more information call 785-580-4577, or go to its Facebook page.

This project is cosponsored by MBPiland, Teens Taking Action, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library and Yeldarb Gallery.

The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library is a 21st-century, landmark library, and features the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery, the Millennium Café, Chandler Booktique, meeting rooms, and free computer and Internet access and training.

Gallery hours are the same as library hours: Mon. through Fri. 9 am to 9 pm, Sat. 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday 12 pm to 9 pm.      

A public relations professional, editor and writer, Lisa shares the library story in her blog posts, in the bimonthly Library News, and media interviews. A self-described social media and news nut, Lisa harnesses that passion to raise awareness and understanding of the library's vital role in this community.