Art is important to us all.  Many people with disabilities have difficulty using words to communicate feelings and emotions. Art is a means of expression and freedom. While some artists can express themselves verbally, they also choose to express themselves through their artwork.  With great enthusiasm, Wildwood and the Albany Barn were able to continue our tradition of the Art Showcase on Tuesday, May 24, 2022. In a display which can only be called an eruption of color and creativity, artists from Wildwood and Albany Barn proudly exhibited their works of art together.  

    Some of the Wildwood student artists painted bright rainbows. They lit the walls with stimulating hues. We tend to picture a rainbow in standard arching form; red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. Each rainbow was unique, with its own colors, order and shape, demonstrating the importance of looking at the world through the artist’s eyes.  

    Adult artists who represented Wildwood used a variety of techniques.  Diverse mediums ranging from canvas to quilting, watercolor, oil, acrylic and wood were present.  Some pieces were abstract while others had a realistic representation of an animal or nature scene.

    It was fascinating to see the creative interpretation of pieces from Albany Barn artists.  Using a Wildwood artist’s art as inspiration, they took an idea or image and, with their own imagination, created a unique representation of the original piece. 

    To be known as an artist is status enhancing.  Approximately two million people in the U.S. define themselves as professional artists.  Many participants in our showcase have worked hard to attain this title, too.  They have won awards for their work and have displayed pieces in numerous shows.

    Wildwood artists continue to join the Art Showcase.  Albany Barn artists return to collaborate with new people and take part in the show. Our bond grows stronger each year.  We look forward to our next Art Showcase celebration with great anticipation. We hope you’ll join us!


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