The event showcased the stories, paintings, poetry and photography of the homeless and formerly homeless.
In one piece, he glued pieces of brown and green plates to form a broken road climbing out of the bottle.
"It won't break," she said.
She began making jewelry about five years ago.
"When I was in therapy, it helped me calm myself down doing something with my hands and stuff like that," Horner said. "I've been doing it ever since. I had a lot of problems."
"Mine are the comic book-inspired, apocalyptic pieces," he said. "Some would say dark. I won't deny there is some darkness there, but not utter hopelessness."
He has been a HOPE member for two years and has stayed in shelters and on the street. For him, homelessness came from a series of circumstances.
"Job loss, illness, some depression," he said. "It came in different intervals."
HOPE, organized by people who are currently or formerly homeless, has fought to prevent sexual harassment at local shelters and police harassment in the community, said
They also have a worker-owned T-shirt co-op, Street Wise Ink, that recently got equipment to create new art on the shirts.
"Nobody is the boss,"
HOPE is sponsored by the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center. For more information, call 901-725-4990 or visit facebook.com/homelessorganizing.
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