PEAPACK AND GLADSTONE, NJ – How does an idea become reality? It starts with possibility and turns into action. At Arts Access, the goal is to make every artist’s vision come to life through the free expression of their ideas. From innovative mixed media art pieces to choreographed dances featuring multiple dancers, Arts Access artists conceive and create compelling works of art every day. Their creativity will be on display at ‘Full Circle 2017: Art of Possibility’ on Saturday, November 4, from 3-6pm. This annual celebration of Matheny Medical & Educational Center’s Arts Access Program will be held at Matheny’s Robert Schonhorn Arts Center in Peapack, NJ.
“Our artists create from their hearts, and their souls, and their minds, and they have limitless imagination,” says Eileen Murray, Director of the Arts Access Program. “Full Circle is a showcase of the work that Arts Access artists have created in creative writing, drama, dance, painting, and sculpture.”
Arts Access, now in its 24th year, gives people with developmental disabilities the tools necessary to create fine art. Assisted by professional artist-facilitators, the artists use specialized systems and methodologies that have been designed to enable individuals across the full spectrum of disability to clearly communicate their ideas. The fruits of their creativity - acrylic paintings, digital art, choreography, poetry, plays, essays and more – are highlighted at Full Circle.
“Possibility” is the theme of this year’s festivities. “Art is possibility,” says Murray. “It’s about seeing things that aren’t yet there, the potential, the blank canvas, the empty stage. These things all hold possibility for the artist. What Arts Access offers to our artists is simply that – possibility. They have the ability that didn’t exist before for them to create their art. If an artist works without possibility, the art never happens.”
The artists’ creations will be featured in a multimedia gallery exhibit and stage performance. Local vendors and sponsors will provide gourmet food tastings and beverages. Tickets are $55 and can be purchased at events.matheny.org/FullCircle2017 or 908-234-0011 ext. 260. All proceeds will benefit the Arts Access Program.