NEW BRITAIN â€“ At the CCARCâ€™s seventh Annual Art Show it was announced that the organization will have a gallery showing at the Art League of New Britain at the end of July and that the president of the Paier College of Art has made a commitment to have a permanent spot at the Paier College of Art just for the CCARC art work.
CCARCâ€™s seventh Annual Art Show, which took place on Thursday at the organizationâ€™s headquarters, showcased more than 100 pieces of original art work by adults supported by CCARCâ€™s day programs and residential services.
Ryan Erickson sang and played his acoustic guitar while attendees enjoyed refreshments and walked through the building, exploring the art pieces throughout the hallways, in the board room and in the conference room, a permanent art space dedicated to Vince Stryeski, the resident artist, who helped design CCARCâ€™s building. The board room also featured a Power Point display of CCARCâ€™s services.
The galleryâ€™s theme, â€śMaking Dreams Happen Through Art,â€ť highlighted the talents of people with disabilities. Every year, the art show presents a feature artist, Jose Medina and his Speckles collection was the one selected for Thursdayâ€™s show.
Artists, family members, case managers and board members were among the attendees of the show.
Julie Erickson, senior vice president of CCARC, Inc. said that for the first time, the art show was selling the pieces and authors would receive some of the proceeds from the sale.
â€śThe art committee at CCARC helps to foster the presence of the amazing art work that our individuals do in the community,â€ť Erickson said. â€śThe Making Dreams Happen Through Art program has really caught on with folks really enjoying and appreciating the beauty, the magnificence of the art. Weâ€™ve had art gallery showings at the West Hartford Art League, we are going to be at the art league of New Britain at the end of July. Weâ€™ve been at Paier College of Art. Weâ€™ve really grown outside of our little art classes and now have entered into the community with the art works that people can really appreciate the genuine beauty of the art here.â€ť
Mary Jean Agostini, CCARC board member, said Thursday was a very special day.
â€śThe art work is very special and extraordinary,â€ť Agostini said. â€śIt really shows their inner thoughts and feelings and they do a really good job expressing themselves. I think the pieces are priceless. I think their art work is excellent because of their free spirit and their free thinking.â€ť
The show was a one day exhibition but the art work at the the Vince Stryeski art gallery has displays throughout the year and the art pieces are changed periodically.
â€śTo me is an honor, itâ€™s not about me,â€ť Stryeski said. â€śItâ€™s about the ability of this wonderful art to be displayed. The conference room is used almost in a day to day basis. It has only been positive. It brightens the wall up, itâ€™s cheerful.â€ť
Stryeski said his favorite part of the annual CCARC exhibition â€śis always when the artists show up to see their art work. Just to see the excitement sparkle in their eyes,â€ť he said.
Anne Ruwet, CCARCâ€™s CEO, thanked the artists and those who made the show possible. She also presented gifts to some of the individuals who made the show possible, including Erickson and Stryeski, who received a pallet of paint.
To learn more about CCARC, call 860-229-6665 or visit www.ccarc.com .