Homelessness Reflections in Art

Paul Mahder Gallery, 222 Healdsburg Avenue

May 13-22, 2107. Opening Reception May 13, 4-7 PM

Student Film Night

Thursday, May 18, 6 PM

Special Performance

Closing Night, May 22, 6 PM

Info: www.northsonomacountyservices.com


Artist Harvey Brody was content to stay in his studio and create art but an opportunity to help create art classes, especially for the underserved children of Healdsburg, got him out into the community as the director of education for the Healdsburg Center for the Arts.


At the request of a friend he made a presentation to the Healdsburg Sunrise Rotary about the importance of art programs for children.  It was there that he met Colleen Carmichael, the executive director for North Sonoma County Services.  Later that week she showed him the artwork of third graders from The Healdsburg School reflecting their responses to a presentation on homelessness.  He was overwhelmed by the emotion expressed and the insight these children had into a plight few of them had ever seen and never known.


Harvey realized this should not be the end of the road for these artworks as they were a route to knowledge and understanding for the children, their parents and anyone who viewed them. Together, Harvey and Colleen, formulated a program to go into the Healdsburg schools and talk about homelessness and encourage the students to respond with any form of artistic expression they chose.


This is the basis for the second annual exhibit of students’ artwork on homelessness.  This exhibit is sponsored by North Sonoma County Services and will be held at the Paul Mahder Gallery May 13-22.


North Sonoma County Services partners with people in North Sonoma County who are struggling with or at risk of losing housing. The organization transforms lives by engaging clients in an action plan for their success and provides them with the skills needed to attain permanent housing.  NSCS provides services to the homeless and those threatened with homelessness by offering temporary housing, shower services, interim apartment units, food assistance in conjunction with the Food Pantry and Farm to Pantry, medical assistance in conjunction with Alliance Medical Center and Alexander Valley Healthcare and temporary financial relief.  The goal of NSCS is to increase sobriety, income and independence and reduce homelessness in our communities.

As an extension of the art for students program, Harvey now does art with the homeless one day a week.  Many of these works will be part of the exhibit May 13-22 and help to individualize and personalize these clients, make them real people.  In addition, professional artists have been asked to be part of the Paul Mahder Gallery display.  All of the artwork will be for sale and all proceeds from work of the homeless goes directly to them.  Professional artists will donate a portion of their sales to NSCS while the sales of art created by the students benefits NSCS.

A new focal point of this year’s exhibit is prototypes of mobile pods: one is being created by Healdsburg High School students under the direction of art teacher Linus Lancaster and another by Sebastopol artist Ken Berman.  These pods, designed to provide housing and storage to those without permanent housing can be towed by bicycle and parked anywhere for instant shelter.

Another highlight of this year’s exhibit will be a short film on local homelessness by recent Healdsburg High School graduate Marcus Cano, who created his first film on homelessness as his senior project. He has since revised it and become a full-time filmmaker heading to film school shortly.   We will have the opportunity to see Marcus’ revised film on the evening of Thursday, May 18th at the Paul Mahder Gallery.  

On Closing Night, Monday, May 22, a special one person show written and performed by Summerfield Waldorf student Bronwyn Smith, will be shown via video recording, along with three short films created by students from Healdsburg Jr. High.  This presentation will also be at the Paul Mahder Gallery.

More artists and projects are being announced in the months leading up to what will surely be a memorable and multi-dimensional exhibit that evokes and educates as to the crisis that is homelessness and potential solutions in Northern Sonoma County.

Harvey Brody hopes to raise funds for NCSC through ad sales in the programs and plans on seeking sponsors for the mobile pods once the design has been finalized.  They may even make an appearance in the annual Healdsburg Memorial Day Parade.

Harvey, Colleen and the entire staff and board of NCSC intend to continue to remind our community of the plight of homelessness and their efforts to reduce despair and increase hope for the future. What better way to look to the future than through the eyes of our children.

A Place to Call Home

We are pleased to invite you to attend our second annual art exhibit “A Place to Call Home”, an exhibition featuring art work, photography, plays, homeless housing projects and video productions by students from local schools and community members at the Paul Mahder Gallery in Healdsburg on Saturday, May 13th from 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm.  The exhibition will be on display at Paul Mahder Gallery from May 13th through May 22nd.     


“A Place to Call Home” continues to tell the stories of the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless. It celebrates through art the successes of NSCS clients while shining a light on the challenges that still exist. Participating schools include: Healdsburg Junior High, Healdsburg High School, The Healdsburg School, Healdsburg Charter School, Pathways Charter School, Healdsburg Elementary School, and St. John the Baptist School.


We are looking for champions to help cover the costs of this community awareness event.  Please consider one of the following sponsorship levels to show your support:

Event Sponsorship:

Partner for Change        (1/4 Page) Up to $149.00

Advocate for Change     (1/2 Page) $150 – $249.00

Champion for Change (Full Page) $250.00 +

Your name or company name will be listed in the event program, our website and our Facebook page.  Mail or deliver check donations payable to:  NSCS, Attn: Colleen Carmichael, 443 Hudson Street, Healdsburg, CA 95448 no later than May 1, 2017.


Thank you for helping us to increase awareness for this important community issue.


Colleen Carmichael – NSCS Executive Director; Harvey Brody – Artist and Art Educator;

Deborah Hall – Retired Educator; Pamela Moulton, Sue Nelson, Gail Ginder – Freelance Photographers.

North Sonoma County Services



Our Vision:

To end homelessness in Northern Sonoma County

Our Mission:

Partnering with people in North Sonoma County who are struggling with or at risk of losing housing. We are transforming lives by engaging them in an action plan for their success and providing them with the skills needed to attain permanent housing.

Our Purpose:

The purpose of the NSCS Transitional Housing Program is to provide opportunities and support for Participants to work toward self-sufficiency, independence and permanent housing. Participants work with a Program Manager to help them access resources and services that will help them make necessary changes in their lives. Further, the Program offers Participants the opportunity to develop a good credit history and positive rental history, to gain self-confidence and to become self-sufficient.