Opportunity Village’s Art Enrichment program has become pretty sophisticated these days: a professional art studio, archival-quality materials, a new photography program and high-end art books. Some artists have gone full time since the program was launched nearly five years ago at OV, which provides employment and recreation to clients with intellectual disabilities.
See what the fuss is about Thursday at Emergency Arts, where 25 works will be exhibited in a one-night-only event featuring abstract and representational images of Downtown sites. The benefit exhibit, OV Loves Downtown, is the third for the artists, following a show at Main Gallery and collaboration with the Contemporary Arts Center.
“It’s nice for us to get back Downtown,” says RC Wonderly, who has been working with the artists for nearly four years, some of whom rely on art sales as their sole income. “There definitely is an art community working out here, and in July we’d like to start having exhibits here.”
Jennifer Cornthwaite of Emergency Arts teamed up with OV for the exhibit after touring the campus where the artists present and discuss their work. Also on display will be two sculptures the artists created during Aaron Sheppard’s recent residency at the campus.