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GHA clients create mixed media pieces

The Stanly News & Press - 10/25/2017

An annual art exhibit opened in September in downtown Albemarle and it will remain on display through mid-November.

GHA Autism Supports' creative arts program has a display of mixed media pieces at First Presbyterian Church in Albemarle.

"Mixed media is an artwork in which more than one medium has been employed. Each participating individual chose up to four different mediums to create one piece of artwork of choice," said Kyoko S. Rorie-Bruton, coordinator of the program. "Each art piece produced allowed each individual the opportunity to explore and become familiar with different art mediums that they may have not used before."

Many of the pieces are constructed from recycled objects, such as more than 100 shoeboxes and picture framed collected over a six-month period by GHA employees and family members.

"In the process of learning to work with new mediums, the individuals also studied the mixed media style of artist Romare Bearden," Rorie-Bruton said.

"Bearden was an African-American artist who is internationally recognized for his lifelong work as a collage artist," she added. "His work was created by gluing fragments of paper, fabric, scraps, photographs, drawings and images from magazines and newspapers to a flat surface. In addition, he used watercolors, oil paints and inks to create these magnificent works of art."

More than 70 GHA board representatives, staff and family members attended a gallery showing Sept. 19.

"The showing went exceptionally well," Rorie-Bruton said.

GHA CEO Dawn Allen also offered comments on the art show.

"We are thrilled to have a creative arts program to show the talents possessed by so many people that we support," Allen said. "We also appreciate the longstanding community partnership with First Presbyterian Church."

Artwork will be available for purchase.

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