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Special needs and children’s art to be celebrated

“OpenArts, Through Special Eyes” is an annual exhibition featuring the artwork of The Bay School Community Arts Center’s community outreach programs and community members with special needs. Opening Friday, February 24, at 5 p.m., at The Art Speaks Gallery at The Bay School in Mathews, the exhibit theme is “Flora & Fauna” and it will be displayed through March 18.

OpenArts encompasses The Bay School Community Arts Center’s community outreach programs. The programs bring the arts into the Mathews and Gloucester communities to those who, for a variety of reasons, wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend their regularly-scheduled classes. The Bay School currently conducts 15 different OpenArts programs between Mathews and Gloucester counties, free of charge. These programs are funded by grants from local community foundations and taught by three teaching artists who are assisted by a number of volunteers.

The show is free, family friendly, open to the public, and all are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served. In addition to the show opening on February 24, on Saturday, February 25, there will be two story-time readings—at 12:15 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. featuring the book “Matisse’s Garden” by Samantha Friedman. Participants also will be invited to create a work of art inspired by the story as well as help turn the gallery into a colorful garden.

posted 02.15.2017

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