‘Aspiring Artists’

The Prendergast Library Art Gallery will be featuring an exhibit by the Aspire of Western New York iXpress Art Program from Friday through Aug. 29. The diverse showing will feature artwork created by a local group of artists with disabilities, as part of their “Aspiring Artists” series and contains acrylic and watercolor paintings, mixed media pieces, and sculptures.

iXpress is a local community of artists with developmental disabilities whose works have been featured at Burchfield-Penney Art Center and University at Buffalo Art Gallery at the school’s Center for the Arts. The artwork on display will be available for purchase with the proceeds supporting the artists and the many innovative programs and services offered by Aspire of WNY.

“I am so honored to know, and to work with these artists,” said Terry Lair, art facilitator for Aspire of WNY. “I watch them struggle with day-to-day living, fighting to do the simplest things that most people take for granted, and then to see their smile when a piece of artwork is finished is truly heartwarming.”

There will be an opening reception on Friday from 6:30-8 p.m. where the iXpress artists will be on hand to meet attendees. The reception is free and open to the public and will feature refreshments.

For more information about the Aspiring Artists exhibit, or to make a purchase, contact Terry Lair, at 763-9070 or by email at Terrill.Lair@aspirewny.org.

The Prendergast Library is located at 509 Cherry St., Jamestown, and is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 1-5 p.m.

The next Prendergast Library exhibit Sept. 12 through Oct. 17 will be “I Call This Home” featuring the work of Jennifer Scott Schlick, Kathleen Tenpas, Lori Deemer, Riko Chandra, and Mark Kirsch, five photographers who will explore the concept of “home.” For more information about library programming, call 484-7135.

Aspire of WNY has been a leader in providing innovative, person-centered programs and services for children and adults with developmental and other disabilities for more than 65 years. Visit www.aspirewny.org to learn more about Aspire’s individualized assistance empowering individuals to achieve their full potential and live as independently as possible.