ArtAbility exhibit made by developmentally disabled

A portion of the Pollock Project is among the art displayed at the Central Branch of the Mesa County Library as part of the ArtAbility exhibit during the month of May.

Sandra and Sherry painted sunny, tropical scenes in watercolor, while Adrienne communicated her desire for world peace with poster paint. The talented Ernie used the fine art of oil painting to capture stormy tropical skies, crashing waves and dormant trees.

All of the artists are clients at Mesa Developmental Services whose work is currently on display as part of the ArtAbility exhibit at the Central Branch of the Mesa County Library.

The exhibit is a collaboration between MDS and the Western Colorado Center for the Arts. The show is underwritten by Mark Saro and Unishape.

The library uses a grant from the Grand Junction Arts Council to sponsor a monthly art display in the lower level meeting room, said Denise Hoffman, program coordinator at the Literacy Center. This display is of particular interest because it was completed by those with developmental disabilities, she said.

“It is a great way to open up the community to art and we have people from all walks of life coming to enjoy it,” Hoffman said.

Also on display are pieces from the Pollock Project, an annual event in which a very large piece of canvas is painted by those with developmental disabilities in the style of famed artist Jackson Pollock.

The large canvas is cut and framed into smaller works which are sold to benefit other art events for the disabled.

The show at the library is free to the public and closes June 3.


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