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Breaking Barriers: Bay Area Artists with Disabilities

June 14 - September 27, 2013

Marin Community Foundation Offices

Novato, CA

Red Bicycle (detail) by Pablo Calderon © 2011 Creativity Explored. Acrylic on paper mounted on wood, 38.5 x 55.5 inches.

The Marin Community Foundation is hosting an exhibition, Breaking Barriers: Bay Area Artists with Disabilities, at its offices in Novato. This exhibition presents works ranging from paintings to sculptures by artists with developmental, mental, and physical disabilities from six important Bay Area arts programs, including Creativity Explored.

Other participating programs include: Becoming Independent in Santa Rosa, Brain Injury Network in Larkspur, Creative Growth in Oakland , NIAD Art Center in Richmond, and The Cedars of Marin in Ross. 

A common theme, linking many works throughout the exhibition, is the sturggle many of these artists undergo because of physical and societal limitations they encounter. The artwork displayed demonstrates the amazing outcome when a person is given the time and guidance needed to engage the mind and express the self visually, through art. Through their art, they are able to interact with the world and people around them. 

Previously, art of this type was often labeled as Outsider Art, Art Brut, or Vsionary Art; this exhibition is designed to counter those labels. It presents artists who do not adhere to the strict societal conventions dictated to them by the art world. These artists show that those conventions and beliefs are no longer necessary to be successful or even relevant in today's everchanging culture.

Opening Reception
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Featuring artwork by Creativity Explored artists:
-Pablo Calderon
-Peter Cordova
-Charles "Pancho" Cruz
-Taneya Lovelace
-Jason Monzon
-Marilyn Wong 

Marin Community Foundation
5 Hamilton Landing, Suite 200
Novato, CA 94949

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