Standing Rock Cultural Arts and Hattie Larlham Creative Arts Program present:

"POS ABILITIES III" Art Exhibition
-Paintings by Children and Young Adults enrolled in the Creative Arts
Program of The Hattie Larlham Center for Children with Disabilities

RESCHEDULED RECEPTION! Thursday, January 28, 7-9pm. Closing Reception
-Show runs January 8 - 30.

Standing Rock Cultural Arts is pleased to be collaborating for the 3rd
year in a row, with The Hattie Larlham Center for Children with
Disabilities on this exhibition. The work exhibited covers a wide range
of colors, textures, moods, and personalities. We invite the community
to come view this unique exhibition that explores the creative
possibilities of children with disabilities in our area.

Images from the Opening



Hattie Larlham Creative Arts – Standing Rock Cultural Arts’ North Water
Street Gallery Exhibit
Phylliss L. Steiner, Director

The exploration of ART began at Hattie Larlham in 2004 in the new
Education Center at the Hattie Larlham Center for Children with
Disabilities. Here, exploring different types of painting, watercolor
and textures was a weekly occurrence for children in the school program
and young adults in ACHIEVE. In June 2007, Hattie Larlham expanded its’
ART services to the new Creative Art Program.

Professional Artists have joined the Hattie Larlham team to work
one-on-one with individuals to create paintings on canvas. Each part of
the painting is made by the choice of the individual, by a series of
questions that have a yes/no answer. Assistive technology, such as laser
beams, are used when necessary, so the artists and “show” where they
want the paint to be placed on the canvas. Hattie has enlisted the
assistance and expertise of the Matheny School and Education Center and
the A.R.T. Realization project, both out of New Jersey, to begin this
creative process for people with severe disabilities.

Presently, the canvas painting is the beginning of the Creative Arts
program and as you will see at the Exhibit at The North Water Street
Gallery, the self-expression is really coming through for all of our
artists! Our professional ART staff are experimenting with new tools and
techniques each day to expose more and more of our individuals to this
unique outlet for creativity. In 2010, Hattie Larlham will explore other
artistic disciplines: music, digital art, digital photography and video,
pottery and weaving.

Children think nothing of grabbing a paintbrush and painting a picture.
But for children with disabilities, like the limited use or control of
their arms and hands, such a task is almost impossible.

Some painting techniques for artists with disabilities end up creating
paintings by another person. By following the direction and choices of
the artist, the techniques used in the Hattie Larlham Creative Arts
program create paintings vicariously through another person.

In this way, Hattie Larlham Creative Arts provides hands to people who
have never held a paintbrush before and gives artists, regardless of
ability, complete control over their creativity and self-expression.

A combination of art appreciation and application, Creative Arts engages
more than 70 children and adults at Hattie Larlham in a variety of
artistic activities. Although the program initially focused on painting,
it has expanded to include photography, sculpting, music, poetry and
other forms of artistic expression.

The paintings that you see are for sale at The North Water Street
Gallery and later, at the Hattie Café’ Fountain and Gifts, located in
Hudson. We are proud to announce that 100% of the proceeds of the sale
of each painting goes directly to the individual artist. Hattie Larlham
does not require any compensation for their role in this process. Our
mission is strictly to allow all people with disabilities to express
themselves in any way they can. Expose and Explore is our mantra. We
welcome you to come by and visit us in our studio and watch the
creativity yourself!

Kindest regards,
Phylliss L. Steiner, Director
Creative Arts/Media Productions
Hattie Larlham Community Living

WEBSITE: http://www.hattielarlham.org