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The Stewpot assists with classes, supplies, trips, and exhibitions By William Legrone

even Zales 5th Avenue showcases. But this program brought me back to my first love, which is art.” Of all that the program has done for him, Pollards said that visiting and learning from museums is his favorite part. “I call it continuing education,” Heckman said. “We go on field trips to museums that are guided. We sit in the stools for 30 minutes in front of one painting and learn about not just the color schemes, but the history of the painting, what the artist is trying to convey, how this makes them feel, and we sketch. It’s really very lovely.” Heckman explained that for those in and around the program, the work done at the Stewpot is about more than just addressing immediate needs. It’s about opening the door for deeper conversations, building relationships, and ultimately creating a space where everyone can feel at home, she said. Pollard describes it as a community. “The caseworkers and the people that work over here are really cool,” Pollard said. “You get to know people. We talk about everything.”

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he Stewpot, established by the First Presbyterian Church of Dallas in 1975, began with a focus on serving food to homeless neighbors. But through the decades, the ministry has expanded to include a range of social services, including art classes. “One of the things I love the most about Stewpot is taking care of all the needs of those who are experiencing homelessness,” Betty Heckman said. “As well as feeding their bellies, we feed the soul here with the art program.”

“The Stewpot gives you a new beginning. A new home, a new life, and a perspective.” Leon Pollard Heckman, the art program’s director, said that providing a safe space for the homeless to create is as important to their recovery as food and shelter. The Stewpot’s art program includes classes throughout the week, art supplies for those in the program, trips to museums, and exhibitions where the artists can display and turn a profit for their work. More than eight years ago, Leon Pollard was with the program when Cynthia Brannum was the art director. In those days, Pollard participated in the Pillar Park homeless project, where he

HOW TO HELP At the Stewpot, Leon Pollard taps into his love for painting. painted the mural of Stevie Ray Vaughan that can be seen near Deep Ellum. “The Stewpot gives you a new beginning,” Pollard said. “A new hope, a new life, and a perspective. I’ll be 65 this year, and I sit and wonder and ponder, but I try to give back to what society has given me.”

From The Park Cities, to Maine, to Nashville

Siblings continue musical journey with family-inspired Five Islands band By Jordan Kiefer

Special Contributor Siblings Daisy and Chap Bernet, who grew up surrounded by rhythm and song from both sides of the family, are building on that musical legacy with their Americana folk band. “There’s no greater feeling than taking what you did as a child – a fun, loud, joyful jam session with your family – to a stage,” Daisy Bernet said. The Highland Park High School graduates named their band Five Islands for the small Maine village where they would visit their maternal grandmother, who taught them classical music and hymns. “Making music is a whole lot

more fun when you get to make it with people you love,” Chap Bernet said. He learned to play guitar from their father and would jam with their paternal uncle and grandfather, Ed Bernet, a touring musician with the Levee Singers. Daisy Bernet, listening to them play and sing, always wanted to be a part, so she joined in, too. In the 1960s, Ed Bernet owned The Levee, a Dixieland and jazz nightclub on Mockingbird Lane, where Campisi’s Italian restaurant is located now, said Elizabeth Adams, the band’s manager and Chap Bernet’s fiancé. Daisy Bernet and Adams performed with the Highland Belles in high school, and Daisy Bernet often sang the National Anthem


Pollard sees his time with the art program as a respite between being on the streets and working a job. “I’ve been doing art since I can remember in high school, but I got away from it and was doing carpentry work,” Pollard said. “I made pool tables, Benihana sushi bars, and

The Stewpot art program needs acrylic paints, stretched canvases, drawing pads, brushes, and jewelry making supplies as well as 16-by20-inch and 18-by-24-inch frames. Email Betty Heckman at bettyh@ or call 214-382-5912 to volunteer.

“Making music is a whole lot more fun when you get to make it with people you love.” Chap Bernet

Chap and Daisy Bernet perform folk music. at games and other events. Her brother gave guitar lessons and performed around Dallas to raise money for his senior trip to Europe. “Chap and I are a lot alike and, like any siblings, we definitely disagree and have our fair share of arguments, but they make us better,” Daisy Bernet said. Throughout their musical journey, family, friends, and fans in Dallas and elsewhere have been


encouraging and supporting Five Islands as the siblings pursue their Nashville dreams. “They’re why we’re doing this and they’re the reason we keep moving forward,” Chap Bernet said. Their debut single, “No More Dancing,” is available on platforms such as Spotify and iTunes and has already gotten more than 80,000 streams. “We’ve got some pretty great

people around us,” Daisy Bernet said. The siblings’ advice to others thinking about a music career: Have patience and drive. Launching a music career doesn’t happen overnight, and musicians have to be willing to dedicate 100 percent of their free time. “When we’re not working our 9-5 jobs, we are performing wherever we can, when we aren’t performing, we are practicing, and if we’re not practicing, we are having meetings to talk about our next move,” she said. It’s also essential to have a good manager like Adams, Daisy Bernet said. “She is our rock, and we owe a lot of this recent success to her.” For the brother-sister duo, showing people what they’ve been working on and seeing and hearing fans sing the words to their songs is a feeling that will never get old, they said. “I think it’s always fun to hear the songs come to life on stage,” Chap said. “It sounds corny, but it’s true.”

Park Cities People October 2018  

Park Cities People is a monthly publication of People Newspapers, an affiliate of D Magazine, in Dallas, Texas.

Park Cities People October 2018  

Park Cities People is a monthly publication of People Newspapers, an affiliate of D Magazine, in Dallas, Texas.