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Celebrating Creative Souls exhibit in Wilkes Gallery at Ohio University-Lancaster

LANCASTER, Ohio (March 14, 2007) -- "Celebrating Creative Souls" showcases Blue Shoe artists in an exhibit at the Wilkes Gallery for Visual Arts at Ohio University-Lancaster.  The show also recognizes Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and the special partnership between the campus and Fairfield County Board of MRDD.

The exhibit features outsider and folk art works in acrylic, mixed media and sculpture by artists with disabilities working with Blue Shoe Arts.  Fairfield County MRDD supports Blue Shoe Arts, which is a studio/gallery owned by Fairfield Industries.

Cheryl Fey, director of Blue Shoe Arts, and Liz Carlin work with 15 artists with disabilities who enjoy visual art production and who have an interest and talent in art.  According to Fey, each artist works independently and creates his/her own work from start to finish.

"Many of our artists find that they can best communicate through their artwork ? To appreciate their abilities instead of dwelling on their disabilities is a wonderful treat for all."

Artists exhibiting at the Wilkes Gallery include: Chris Brode, Joe Greene, Donna Haught, Corey Minor, Amy Nimon, Elissa Orr, Stefanie Pierce, Deena Reichard, Carrie Seymour, Paula Shoemaker, Mary Slisher, Marie Sowers and Timothy Staley. Most of the artwork is for sale, with the artist receiving the retail price minus cost of supplies. Celebrating Creative Souls will remain on display in the Wilkes Gallery, on the fifth floor of Brasee Hall, through March 30, with a reception honoring the artists and a demonstration by Joe Green from 4 to 6 p.m. on March 30. Gallery hours are Friday and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. and by appointment.  The reception will be catered by The Zone, a food service, vending, and training partnership between MRDD and the Lancaster Campus.

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Media Contact: Jennifer LaRue, (740) 654-6711 or larue@ohiou.edu

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