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'Making Their Mark: Art Brut'

Volunteers preparing for 'Making Their Mark: Art Brut' opening August 1st.
Volunteers preparing for 'Making Their Mark: Art Brut' opening August 1st.
James George

When people have the opportunity to make art they soon discover a dimension of living that may have been otherwise untouched and undeveloped. The pressures of life is often so repressive that the barrier to free expression becomes a luxury. For persons who make art their full time occupation and reason for living, they may find it challenging and difficult because artists take all of the risks and their only reward may be personal and intrinsic.

Preparing art for 'Making Their Mark: Art Brut'
James George

By chance or misfortune, some of us encounter disabilities that may manifest in physical and mental form. People with profound disabilities are sometimes fortunate to discover new and exciting dimensions for self-expression and interacting with others that comes from making art.

Making art may be from participating in workshops, or picking it up as an activity, or it may be a part of formal therapy as in “art therapy”. However people discover art as a rewarding activity, once it becomes a part of a person, it isn’t likely they will ever let it go as it is the missing link.

How do I know? Well, I am disabled too.

Arlington Artists Alliance member, Jackie Afram, called attention to an event happening in the Focus Gallery at Gallery Underground in August called “Making Their Mark: Art Brut.” Volunteers donated mats and frames, and the time to assemble the art for exhibition.

The event is in collaboration with

“In partnership with ‘Purple Heart’ opportunities are created for artists to overcome severe and profound challenges in order to express themselves and explore possibilities. In some cases, the art is created for the first time with little or no assistance.”

“Our mission is to deliver exceptional services to individuals with disabilities through innovative and valued employment, training, habilitation, housing and support services.

We also offer a wide range of contract services for our government and commercial customers, including mail center management, food service operations, administrative and logistical support and total facilities management. Our programs and services are as varied as the people we serve. Whether you are an individual with a disability, a government contractor or a local business owner, ServiceSource is committed to meeting your needs.”

Making Their Mark: Art Brut
Opening Reception, Friday August 1, 2014
5 - 8 p.m.
July 28- August 23, 2014

Gallery Underground
The Shops
2100 Crystal Drive
Arlington VA 22202

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