Artists Show That Disabilities Don’t Limit Creativity

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RAHWAY—Arts Guild New Jersey presents ENABLED, an exhibition by artists with disabilities, in collaboration with VSA arts of New Jersey, Arts Access Program at the Matheny Medical & Educational Center of Peapack, and the WAE Center of West Orange.

When many people recognize an obvious disability they may feel sympathy, or even empathy, but these feelings can be accompanied by a common misconception: that a disability prevents an individual from living a full life.

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ENABLED is a presentation of artworks by men and women with disabilities who are creating vital works of art, and who prove physical and mental challenges do not limit creativity, inventiveness and imagination.

Art-making is known for its therapeutic value and many artists have used their talent to respond to issues or circumstances in their lives.  The talented artists in ENABLED are a testament to the human spirit’s ability to find wholeness through the creative process, as they continue working as builders and creators.

Lawrence Cappiello, curator and executive director of Arts Guild New Jersey, says, “In ENABLED, we celebrate the courage, perseverance and gifts that these talented artists have brought to us.”

Featured NJ-based artists include: Cheryl Chapin, Chet Cheesman, T.J. Christian, Joyce Collura, Missy Cutler, Hassan Daughety, Allison Doatch, Jay Feldman, Tammy Hepner, David Lakra, Rasheedah Mahali, Daniel Malinsky, Natalia Manning, Kayana Schultz, Kasey Tarauj, Jason Weiner and Lisa Zampano.

The exhibit will run from Feb. 19 – March 12 at Arts Guild New Jersey, 1670 Irving Street in Rahway. The public is invited to attend the opening reception on Sunday, Feb. 21, from 1 to 4 p.m.  Light refreshments will be served. Admission to the exhibit and reception is free.

Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. The exhibit can also be viewed during regular office hours: 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Free parking is available in the parking lot behind the building on Seminary Avenue. The facilities are wheelchair accessible.


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