Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Special Populations Indeed!

Today I had the pleasure of going to the opening reception for the Special Populations art show at the City Arts Center. Special Populations is a program of the Allied Arts Council of Oklahoma City that brings multidisciplinary arts education to children and adults with special needs in the metro area.

There are five special needs programs that participate in Special Populations. Two adult programs, one high school program and two children's programs. The art was absolutely beautiful and the turnout spectacular.

There were so many people there that the reception was planned for one area of the facility and had to be moved to another. Some of the participants from the high school program were videotaping and interviewing artists as I ducked in and out trying to take pictures oblivious to everything except my mission. Needless to say I had to be asked more than once to get out of the way and was asked to sign a release just in case they couldn't edit me out:)

These are the three paintings that Rose did along with a shot of her painting with several others. I have to go back before the show ends and take my time looking at the exhibit and get more photos. It was hard to do with so many people. If you live in the area I highly recommend you visit the exhibit. It ends on the 30th.

Have a great day everybody, thanks for stopping by.

Oh and PS. Rose was initially a little nervous because of the crowd, hung close and held my hand. But once people started complimenting her she forgot I was there:)

Monday, April 5, 2010

Clouded In Secrecy - Artist with Autism

From the moment she entered the room all eyes were on her. No one knew who she was but they all whispered and stared. She smoked to calm her nerves but her presence was clouded in secrecy.

Rose did this drawing using ink, colored pencil and pastels. You can find reproductions for sale in my Etsy shop.

I am a member of the Etsy Twitter team and one my fellow members, Lois Stifel of FoxyGKnits wrote an article about Rose and I for Autism Awareness Month. I hope you'll stop by and take a look.

Have a great day everybody, thanks for stopping by.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Subliminal Messages - ACEO - Artist with Autism

This is an artist trading card by Rose. It looks to me as though there's some hidden message here, what do you think?

You can find it for sale in my Etsy shop with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Autism initiatives.

Have a great day everybody, thanks for stopping by

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Bridges - Original Painting - Artist with Autism

This is a painting by my sister Rose who has autism. Rose is mostly non verbal, so when I ask her what she would like to name her work oftentimes I don't get an answer so I name it myself. I named this piece Bridges because it reminded me of people reaching out to one another.

April is Autism Awareness month so all month I'll be featuring art by Rose and other artists on the spectrum.

You can find this for sale in my Etsy shop.... I think it's time Rose had her own Etsy shop!

Have a great day everybody, thanks for stopping by.