Special needs artists create special art

| 15 Feb 2012 | 09:35

Newton — Abstract acrylic paintings, paintings in hot contrasting colors, pencil drawings, large weavings, small pictures made with markers and other exciting and diverse artworks are displayed on the second floor of the Sussex County Judicial Center in Newton. The exhibit, which runs through Oct. 27, showcases artists with special needs and proves that these artists are both able and inspired. It’s the work of SCARC, Inc., NAMI-Sussex (National Alliance for Mental Illness - Sussex), and Willowglen Academy artists. And many of these works of art are for sale. A series labeled “Group Painting” was created by the individuals in the SCARC’s Art Program. As the name implies, a group of artists worked together on a painting, but with fingers instead of brushes. The program offers fine art as a way for these special individuals to express themselves and to communicate through the language of visual art while increasing self-esteem and self-confidence. SCARC also has a weaving program which services two-day programs and six group homes. The achievements of this program are apparent in the large, four-panel weaving titled "Four Seasons." To purchase any of the artwork that is for sale, contact the Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council, 133 Spring St., Newton, NJ 07860, 973-383-0027 or scahc@scahc.org. For more information about these programs for disabled citizens, contact: SCARC, Inc., 11 Route 206, Suite 100, Augusta NJ, 07822, 973-383-7442; NAMI-Sussex at PO Box 652, Sparta, NJ 07871 973-214-0632; Willowglen Academy, 8 Wilson Drive, Sparta, NJ 07871, 973-579-5117. If you go The Judicial Center Public Gallery is located on the second floor of the Sussex County Judicial Center, 43-45 High St., Newton, NJ. The gallery may be visited during the center’s business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.