Nov. — “Valuable” Art Show
Adults with developmental disabilities showcase art in new Corban gallery exhibit
A new exhibit at the Psalm Visual Arts Gallery at Corban University is more than art; it’s a tribute to the talents of many adults with developmental disabilities from the Salem area.
On Thursday Nov. 1 the public is invited to the opening of the show, entitled “Valuable,” to meet the artists and see their work during a free artists’ reception from 1 to 2 p.m.
The gallery show is the culmination of a one-year project to teach art techniques, reuse materials that could have been tossed in a landfill and build confidence and skills for the artists. The various 3-D art pieces, paintings, collages and more included in the exhibit were created by participants of Shangri-La’s Life Enrichment Activities Program, LEAP. Corban University sophomore Alex Gowan, a volunteer with LEAP, spearheaded the project.
“I thought it was important for the artists to have a venue to show their work, and that it was a good way for the participants to share their talents with their community,” she said. “This experience has taught me to value and celebrate a wide range of abilities and personalities. Working with the LEAP participants has taught me to challenge the expectations that others place on me or that I have for myself. Most of all, the participants have challenged me to reevaluate the expectations that I place on others.”
Corban University’s Psalm Visual Arts Gallery is located at 5000 Deer Park Dr. SE in Salem. The gallery is open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is free to the public. For more information about gallery exhibits, visit www.corban.edu.
Shangri-La is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing opportunities to Oregonians with disabilities or economic challenges. For more information, visit www.ShangriLaCorp.org.
Psalm Visual Arts Gallery Archive (2012-2013 school year):