Plans underway for ARC's annual annual art show

By Mandy Underwood

“A Touch of Arc” art show and reception, featuring works created by the South Miami Street Artists, will be on Friday, Nov. 1, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Borders and Beyond Gallery located at 24 West Canal Street in downtown Wabash during November’s First Friday event.

The art works featured in this show were created by 26 people with disabilities who receive services at Arc of Wabash County.

Art classes are made available for those exhibiting an interest in learning to express themselves through art. The classes are taught by Arc staff who have backgrounds in art and are artists in their own right.

Most of the paintings are collaborations between Arc staff and persons served by Arc.

“The artists take a lot of pride in what they do and they are very talented,” said Lindsay Swihart, Senior Vice President of Programs and Services.

“It’s fun for them to be able to show that to others. I think the community responds very well. Not everyone realizes what we do here, so this is just a piece of it that they get to see. I believe that they rally around this and say, ‘Wow, this is really great that you guys do this,’ and they can see how talented our consumers really are.”

Money received by the 2018 art show provided the funds for all of the artists supplies and framing.

This year, some of the proceeds will also be used as awards for the top three artists. The art work will be judged this year by Amy Ford and Diane Morris. Prize money in the amounts of $75, $50, and $25 will be awarded to first, second, and third place, respectively.

Borders and Beyond gallery provided Arc with a discount on matting and framing.

Bob Brinson and his woodworking group made a total of 75 frames for this year’s event free of charge.

Paintings may be purchased and taken home the night of the art show. Cash and checks are the only forms of payment accepted. Following the reception on Nov. 1, the paintings will be on display at Border and Beyond until the end of November.

Starting in December, paintings may be purchased at the Arc of Wabash County located at 595 South Miami Street in Wabash. Funds from the sale of the art works will be used to support future art classes which will continue to be offered at no cost to Arc participants.

Posted on 2019 Oct 08