The Envision Arts Studio Program was built on the concept that artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities can maintain a disciplined practice in a community setting. It provides the artists with opportunities to exhibit and sell their work, receiving both recognition and financial compensation. The studio holds an annual gallery showing and numerous clients are becoming working artists, with products featured and sold at trade shows, art galleries and festivals throughout the year. The program promotes artistic independence through professional art instruction. In the last few years, the program has grown substantially, spreading to seven day and employment centers. For more than a decade, the arts studio has fostered the development of social and technical skills that allow clients to more fully engage in their vocation, integrate into the community and ultimately enrich their lives. Not only has this fulfilled our mission, it has also inspired surprising new directions for both the clients and the agency.
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Artists choose their own medium: watercolor, acrylic and oil painting, drawing and printmaking. Much of the art created in the studio is matted and presented in re-purposed frames that are lovingly restored right in the studio.
Fiber manipulation, including hand weaving, decorative embroidery, natural fiber spinning, rug hooking and soft sculpture construction results in recycled textile animals, dolls, woven items and rugs bursting with vibrant colors and lush textures. Our program boasts a Saori weaving loom as well as four other looms throughout the agency.
Much like the quilts of yesteryear, these kaleidoscopic patchworks are made in chatty, social group settings not unlike old fashioned "quilting bees." With many pairs of skilled eyes and hands selecting fabrics, cutting patches to size and stitching together ladders of brightly colored strips, creating these gems is meaningful and expressive work. The quilts are environmentally friendly, utilizing fabrics re-purposed from clothing and linens salvaged from second hand shops along with African wax print cottons sourced from Mali.
The Judy Henry Ceramic Center offers classes in hand building, wheel throwing and tile making as well as mosaic design and installation. A growing number of artists are becoming pottery enthusiasts, mastering techniques in creating professional, quality work.
Contact us today to learn more about Envision's Arts Studio Program.
For over half a century, Envision has been focused on improving the lives of individuals with disabilities. Our many programs have been developed to help our clients participate in their surrounding communities as well as develop the skills to find great levels of personal fulfillment.