LIMA — ArtSpace/Lima’s latest exhibit at Veterans Memorial Civic Center Mezzanine Gallery is all about the inclusivity of artists.
Through Jan. 18, paintings and other artwork of students from Bittersweet-Betty’s Farm’s Special Recreation Program will be on display. Betty’s Farm provides autism services and support to residents of Allen and surrounding counties.
“We have worked this past year at getting more spaces available because we don’t want to be just for a certain type of art or artists,” ArtSpace Executive Director Sally Windle said. “There’s a lot of people, a lot of great artists and work around here, and we like to show what is all out there.”
Through the recreation program, families and individuals are able to develop social skills through hands-on activities. These pieces were completed in a three-week class led by Ben Slechter, a former participant of the program.
In the past few years, ArtSpace has partnered with community locations to expand its galleries beyond the walls in Town Square, which only allows for more art and artists to be showcased, Windle explained.
“Having the spaces and having people willing to want the work in their space is an added benefit. People will ask if we can display work we have in our collection in their business, which is what led to the Civic Center,” she said. “It’s a nice way to showcase not only visionary artists but also those who work and maybe don’t follow the traditional pattern of going to art school or professional artists who are of some note and are traveling. There are all different reasons and avenues, and we’ve got spaces and it’s great because there are lots of people and spaces to highlight the work.”
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