Walls One Ability at a Time,” art show displays talents of area
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[October 12, 2016]
- The Lincoln Art Institute and Logan County Arts have been planning
Thursday’s art show since spring. It is collaboration between the
group and members enrolled in the Lincoln Center for Developmental
Rehabilitation. Titled “Breaking Walls One Ability at a Time,” the
space on opening night of the LAI was lined with the paintings and
sculpture of community members attending the Developmental
Peggy Ross-Jones, administrator of the Lincoln Center for
Developmental Rehabilitation, was especially excited about the
chance to show off the art abilities of those attending the LCDR.
The LCDR takes in many communities in central Illinois including
Lincoln, Springfield, and as far west as Havana in Mason County.
“This show is awesome, and the artists are excited to have their
work on display. It is a chance for the community and the families
of the artists to see their paintings on display,” said Ross-Jones.
She stressed that some direction is given to those enrolled in the
art program, however it is all about encouraging each artist’s
creativity and individuality. “We encourage them to use their
imagination, and let them do what they want,” she said. Peggy
Ross-Jones added that encouraging those attending the LCDR to take
up art may be leading them to a life-long activity.
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The artists took on a myriad of themes in their works of art. Some
paintings expressed how they saw themselves. Others were landscapes,
and several pieces were large papier-mâché’ works, including one
very large elephant sitting in the middle of the gallery, paint
brush in trunk ready to create her own addition to the show.
A large and enthusiastic crowd strolled through
the gallery to get a glimpse of the colorful pieces of fine art
done in different media.
Rhonda Helton is one of the instructors in the LCDR art program.
“I love my job,” she said.
“Breaking Walls One Ability at a Time” will run through November
1 at the Lincoln Art Institute. Moses Pinkerton can be contacted
at 217-651-8355 to find out when the gallery is open. Private
tours may also be arranged.