JAMESTOWN - The largest-ever public display of art created by people with disabilities at The Resource Center will be on exhibit during June at the Dykeman Young Gallery in Jamestown.
The exhibit is titled "Applause" and features more than 100 works by individuals with disabilities in TRC's Creations art program. There will be 75 pieces that have never been displayed publicly.
The works will be on exhibit June 3-28; exhibit hours are 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. An opening reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 6, in the gallery, located at 100 East Second Street.
Jessica Piskor, intern in The Resource Center’s Creations art program, supports Taynisha Lynch as she paints in the art room at TRC’s Michael J. Raymond Center. Lynch is one of more than 100 Creations artists whose works will be on display during June at the Dykeman Young Gallery.
"This is by far the largest and most creative exhibit the Creations art program has done yet," said Kristen McNitt, TRC's Art Instructor. "The artwork will be a wonderful display of color, shape, texture, and fun for all ages. This will be an exhibit that you don't want to miss. These artists have so much to show the world and add to our community."
For this exhibit, The Resource Center is partnering with Volt Vision to do some creative things with the artwork. Steve and Julie French of Volt Vision are volunteering their time and equipment to work with TRC's artists to create a digital lighting theme for the windows at the Dykeman Young Gallery. Volt Vision is "making it possible for one of our sculptural installation pieces to come alive with special effects, such as lighting and sound," McNitt said. The exact nature of the special effects won't be revealed until the opening reception.
"Working with Volt Vision has opened up a whole new outlook on how to create art in the Creations art program," McNitt said. "Many of our artists are elated to see how all our hard work will come together for the exhibit. There is much anticipation for the opening night when all the special effects will be seen for the first time."
The reception will feature live music, hors d'oeuvres and beverages, and a silent auction.
"Don't miss opening night!" McNitt urged. "There is sure to be an atmosphere of excitement and passion for the arts. There will be artists at the opening to share their artwork and experience in creating artwork."
While there is no charge to attend the reception or to view the exhibit during its run, donations will be accepted. Proceeds will support The Resource Center's Creations art program.
For more information, visit www.creationsartprogram.com or phone the Dykeman Young Gallery at 483-5772.