The INCLUSION Art Show is proud to welcome back many returning artists for this year’s online show! The show is held annually during Community Inclusion Month to celebrate creativity, community and diverse abilities.
We would like to introduce you to the studios who have been participating for several years. Visit www.inclusionartshow.com to see more from our studios and purchase artwork directly from participating artists.
For those already searching for holiday gifts, or looking to spruce up their home or office, the show is brimming with stunning creations. You’ll find paintings, pottery, glassworks, driftwood art and more. Support the artists and walk away with a one-of-a-kind gift for your loved ones (or yourself)!
PotteryWorks is a multi-media art studio located in New Westminster that supports, teaches and promotes artists overcoming disability through the practice of art and craft. Our primary goal at PotteryWorks is to support community inclusion for our artists. We teach and promote them to become valued members of their communities and to be recognized for their abilities and contributions. PotteryWorks was started in June 2000, with six artists and a few supplies kept in a closet at a Community Living Society Day Program. Over the past 20 years, it has grown to include The Colour Collective painting group and the Snap Photo Club. The artists in these groups exhibit their work all over the Lower Mainland. Today, there are approximately 50 artists who use the PotteryWorks studio.
The Colour Collective is a group of painters and photographers who are overcoming disability through their art. They are a group within the PotteryWorks studio that focus on the foundations of painting, colour theory and the elements of design. The Colour Collective features the works of, and studies different artists, art schools, theories and techniques. In the past, The Colour Collective has studied The Group of Seven, Marc Chagall, and Pointillists like Georges Seurat and Paul Signac. The Colour Collective also includes Snap Photo Club, where artists can go out into the community to learn the basics of photography. They later show their photos as they are, or use them as reference for their paintings.
Richmond Society for Community Living’s art program supports artists to explore their creative interests, to pursue opportunities to showcase their unique gifts and talents, to believe in themselves and to celebrate their accomplishments. By focusing on exploring each artists’ skills, the programs inspire creative thinking and the development of fine motor skills. With the use of adapted and modified art tools when necessary, every participant is supported to discover their own creative talents, improving self-esteem and developing a sense of pride for the artists. The program participants also create beautiful and unique handicrafts of their choice and are taught other skills in a variety of media.
Studio Seventy Three is a fused glass Studio and Gallery located in Surrey. The artists here are creating beautiful, handcrafted, one of a kind fused glass that is both decorative and functional. They are also integral in the running of our Newton business. The artists are engaged in all sales, networking, and marketing. While promoting awareness, access, participation and appreciation of the arts within community, they bring with them a new way of looking at our culture. They continue to give back to community by volunteering in things such as Adopt-A-Street or fundraising for the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Not only are these artists assisting to build and grow a more sustainable and enjoyable community, they are bridging the gap among community members – where everyone can be seen as truly valued citizens in an inclusive community.
Located in Maple Ridge, Vicuña welcomed its first students in 2008. The studio was created in response to a need for artists with developmental disabilities looking to pursue their artistic ambitions wanting more than a casual arts and craft or recreational experience. At Vicuña, participants are encouraged to become “true students of art.” Every student who enters the studio is assured access to professional instruction, quality canvas, paint, brushes, clay and tools. They are further supported to exhibit and sell their works at gallery events with local retailers.
Check out these artists and many more at: www.inclusionartshow.com