The 2nd Annual ARC Art Show drew a crowd of more than 60 staff, parents and board members on Tuesday. Forty-five pieces of art sold, bringing in $450 that will be given to the artists to use for program excursions at ARC. During the first half hour of the event, Vice President of Development & Communications Kimberly Watson purchased the framed ink drawing of the Richmond city skyline. The art, which was submitted by John Coombs, Jr. from ARC’s employment services, now hangs in Watson's office at ARCenter.
Assistant Vice President of Day & Residential Services Emily Lehmann said she thinks the show went very well. She said she had worried the show would not be as good as the previous year, which had support from an outside organization, but that she felt everyone really helped pull it off.
A framed drawing of Richmond drew attention for its intricacy.
“The best part was seeing how proud our staff were of the amazing work they helped create,” she said.
More than 40 artists from across ARC’s programs were represented, some with multiple pieces shown. A featured project comprised of marbled silk handkerchiefs provided a tactile experience for visitors, who could touch the silk creations. The handkerchiefs are the final product of a visit from Art on Wheels on May 4.
Participants included adults in ARC Day Support. Marbles were rolled in paint to create the designs.
For Lehmann, the opportunity to showcase creativity and talent from individuals in ARC programs is its own reward. “I just want to see smiles on people’s faces,” she said.
The Greater Richmond ARC welcomes you to join us for our second annual art show. This year, we’ve opened the doors to submissions from all of our programs in all forms of media. See passion, energy, vibrancy and creativity manifest in art; see the joy this process of creating offers as individuals explore new ways to express themselves.
Director of Day Support Services Emily Lehmann said it has been exciting to see the enthusiasm for crafting projects to be in the show. For some, these projects provide another way to communicate. For others, it exposes them to new sensations and enables them to explore likes and dislikes.
One Day Support staff member with a background in art therapy has been conducting sessions at least once a week to produce some of the body of work for the show. She emphasized the lesson that art can help people share ideas. “Art is a way to show how we feel and what we think,” she said.
Look forward to an assortment of canvas paintings, drawings, collages and sculptures. Some pieces will be available for sale; proceeds of these sales will be given to the artist to use for bowling, baseball games, restaurants, shopping and more while in the program.
For more information, please contact Emily Lehmann, Director of Day support Services at the Greater Richmond ARC, at (804) 358-1874 or emily.lehmann@RichmondARC.org.
To learn more about ARC, our programs and our people, visit www.RichmondARC.org.
The Afterschool program space is quiet, for now. A man with a curled mustache spreads canvas cloth across the floor.
It’s a rainy Wednesday morning, and the man is Kevin Orlosky, owner of Art on Wheels. In a few moments, he will host a mixed media activity for individuals in ARC Day Support. The final pieces will join the growing body of work for the 2nd Annual ARC Art Show.
Fabric, paint and marbles fly as Kevin works with participants to personalize a handkerchief in bright, swirled colors. Now, these colorful pieces of fabric hang to dry and individuals chatter excitedly about the experience.
When asked if she painted today, participant Anne replied “Yes!” with a grin. She said she wants to show her mom and dad what she worked on today with Art on Wheels.
The ARC Art Show will take place Tuesday, May 17 from 4 – 7 p.m. at the ARCenter. Look forward to an assortment of canvas paintings, drawings, collages and sculptures. Some pieces – including some of these marbling projects – will be available for sale; proceeds of these sales will be given to the artist to use for program extras such as tickets for Flying Squirrels games or lunch out around town.