And for many as well, it’s a brand new adventure into independence and creativity and expression.
And now, you can see for yourself what’s been taking place at the Arc of North Talladega County, where adults with developmental delays are taking off on a voyage that is only limited by their imagination.
For the first time ever, art projects completed by clients of Talladega’s Burton Center are on display for the public, and not just that, they are pieces of art that include some that can be taken home, enjoyed and appreciated along with the individuals who created them.
A collection of these works are the focus for LMo&Co.’s First Friday Artists’ Spotlight this month, where gallery owner Lindsey Moses is hosting this event Friday, Feb. 7, starting at 5:30 p.m. and continuing until 9 p.m.
Moses herself has been teaching the art classes at the Arc for the past couple of years, and has been a tremendous asset for Arc clients, said Brenda Burt, executive director for the Arc of North Talladega County.
“We are so fortunate to have an artist of Lindsey’s caliber teaching for us,” Burt said. “And she’s so good at it.”
It doesn’t take much prodding for Moses to tell about the ability and the attitude of her students.
“I love it,” Moses said. “You can see their excitement and then you get to experience the end result.”
Some may need a hand to steady theirs as they get started, other students might need more help visualizing ideas or concepts, but that’s just part of encouraging creativity, she tells.
Moses’s eyes turn to a piece painted by one particular Arc client, showing how she pursued the concept of recreating birch trees standing in line for one art project.
“One we blocked in the trees using pieces of tape on the paper, it was easily followed,” she said.
The results show how much ability there is within the group, and represent a long list of an assortment of accomplishments.
One student takes bits of tissue paper and produces a field of bright poppies, adding paint where it’s needed and another finds themselves bringing to light a batch of bright blue blooms.
There are paintings of a series of trees bearing their favorite fall foliage and others that show the allure that summertime brings to the outdoors.
Moses visits the Arc two Mondays each month to lead the lessons, and calls having the opportunity to give the classes an honor.
“We feel that the arts are so important for all of us,” Burt said. “We are so happy to be able to have this and support it for our clients.”
Some of the pieces in the display created for Friday’s event will be offered for sale, with some already framed and some matted.
Sales of the work will be used to support Arc programs and projects, Burt said.
There are about 22 Arc clients taking part in the art classes now, Burt said.
“I hope we have a huge turn-out of people to support these artists and to see for themselves what is taking place,” she said. “We are very proud of this exhibit of their work.”