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School of Art Galleries present: Hattie Larlham - Creative Arts Program (06/24/2009)

Exhibition Announcements
Kent State University
School of Art Galleries present:

Eells Gallery at Blossom Music Center
Hattie Larlham - Creative Arts Program
July 3-25, 2009

Downtown Gallery, 141 East Main Street, Kent Ohio
Hattie Larlham - Creative Arts Program
Trackers show
July 1-25
reception: July 2, 5-7 pm

The Kent State University, School of Art Galleries are pleased to present two important  shows in the month of July. These two exhibitions showcase the exciting and innovative artwork that is happening at Hattie Larlham Creative Arts program in Mantua, Ohio. In our Eells Gallery at Blossom Music Center we will be displaying work form the Creative Arts Program from July 3-25. This display is a groundbreaking exhibit that truly demonstrates the universal language of art. Each work featured in the gallery was created by an artist with mental retardation or developmental disabilities who is enrolled in the Hattie Larlham Creative Arts program in Mantua, Ohio.

“Hattie Larlham Creative Arts offers participants the complete artist experience from conception to production and eventually art exhibition. Creative Arts is based on the guiding principle of freedom of choice to ensure that every participant in the program is given complete control over every aspect of the art-making process. The system inspired by the work of Arts Access Program in Peapack, N. J., devised a method of art creation that renders disability irrelevant and focuses on the participant's ability to create art. We approach each participant on an individual basis and tailor the process to suit his or her specific needs. Professional artists are hired as trackers who simply provide the participants with a means to create art on their own terms and according to their own realities. Our philosophy of neutrality and the empowerment of the individuals always remain a constant with any painting session. This is a program where artists are assisting artists. The key component is the communication system used in the sessions, which come in a verbal, visual or perceptual manner. Our trackers are not collaborators or therapists, but a neutral party to be used as a tool to translate each participant's vision onto the art piece.  Currently, art disciplines in Creative Arts are painting, pottery, music and poetry.”

In our Downtown Gallery located at 141 East Main Street in Kent, Ohio, we will be displaying work by the artists or “Trackers” who are hired to assist participants in the Creative Arts program. Each one of these specialists is professional artists in their own right and this exhibition is a great example of the skill and dedication happening in the Creative Arts Program. The exhibition runs from July 1-25 and there will be a reception on July 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. The Eells Gallery at Blossom Music Center is open two hours prior to each Cleveland Symphony Orchestra concert up through intermission. The Downtown Gallery is open Wednesday through Friday noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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