"Serpiente" by Bertha Otoya. Courtesy of the artist and Creativity Explored, San Francisco.
In a recent article in the Telegram and Gazette, Roger Hankins, director of the Cantor Art Gallery at the College of the Holy Cross, discussed “Create,” the gallery’s most recent exhibit. After the first half of the exhibit ran from Aug. 29 to Oct. 6, the second half opened on Oct. 22 and will run until Dec. 14. Featuring artists that are diverse in their presentation of various themes, techniques, and mediums, the exhibit is comprised of artwork produced over the last 20 years at the leading centers for artists with disabilities in the U.S., such as Creativity Explored of San Francisco, CA.
“To see the work firsthand is the greatest of experiences,” said Hankins. “It’s different to be immersed in the exhibit. With a lot of that stuff, every artist has their own voices, together there’s almost a choir happening.”
Hankins also shed light on Creativity Explored, a studio and gallery that provides a space for artists with developmental disabilities to develop, share, and sell their work. “[It’s] an interactive art center that promotes work for collectors and those interested in purchasing—it’s not just seen in confines of their spaces,” he said.
With ties to Worcester, MA, the exhibit also features weavings by the Saori Weaving Project, which is coordinated by the local Seven Hills Foundation. Since opening at Holy Cross, hundreds of Worcester residents have not only toured the Create exhibit, but have also participated in workshops on artistic methods used in the show.