Art Escape brought its mobile art studio, Art Van Gogh, to the Sonoma Overnight Shelter on Monday, March 6, to make warm accessories from upcycled wool sweaters for the residents. “We helped reshape these sweaters to make hats, headbands, arm warmers and neck warmers,” explained Yessenia Anguiano of Art Escape. “The Barking Dog was kind to donate a box of coffee so participants can be warm both inside and out.”

Art Escape Sonoma was founded by five artists, Janis Kobe, Gayle Manfre, Penny MacNaughton, Kate Ortolano and Thena Trygstad. Their goal was to create a welcoming venue for art teachers and students of the greater Sonoma area and to nurture and expand the importance of fine arts and crafts.

The nonprofit studio, located at 17474 Sonoma Highway, offers art projects and classes for parents and children, weekly Wednesday after-school art classes for elementary school students, exhibitions and art gallery display space, guest artists, summer camps, student shows and student mentoring.