Shoe display represents Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Decorated shoes such as this one were made by local victims of domestic violence as part of the “Walk a Mile in their Shoes” Art Show at Mesa Mall.

More than 900 pairs of shoes stacked in a clear cylinder were unveiled today just outside JC Penney at Mesa Mall.

The shoes represent the 900 cases of domestic violence reported in Mesa County this year and are a part of the “Walk a Mile in their Shoes” art show sponsored by Hilltop’s Latimer House and the Mesa County Domestic Violence Task Force. They also serve as a reminder to the public that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The theme of the show is “Their Words. Their Art. Their Shoes.” The art was created by local domestic violence victims who painted, sewed and drew on a variety of shoes to represent the journey they had to walk to overcome being victims. Some shoes included poems and drawings, which give a further glance into the lives of the women artists.

One poem is displayed next to a pair of child-sized pink winter boots. It tells the story of a father who never showed up to be with his children. “Why can’t he see, he must be so blind. Two really great kids he’s leaving behind,” it says.

Another poem is titled “To My Son” and explains why one victim felt the need to leave her situation so that her son didn’t suffer anymore.

Encased in a glass frame is a pencil drawing of Lucille Ball. The portrait was drawn by a victim who found sanctuary in the Lucille Ball room at Latimer House. The display explains that all of the rooms in the shelter are named after strong women who had to overcome difficulties and struggle in order to reach her full potential. Ball was told many times that was not suited for acting but tried anyway. The artist was so inspired by Ball’s story, she later mailed the drawing to the Latimer House as a gift. After the show, it will hang outside the room in the shelter.

The art show will be on display from Oct. 11-29.


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