These demonstrations will give audiences a chance to observe how the artists create their work and to interact with the artists one-on-one. During the demonstrations, each artist rarely plans out what he will create ahead of time, and Allen believes this ability is unique to those with autism.
The Artworks Galleria came to host this event through the CEO/partner of the gallery, Santa Brink, who has a professional background in education and who has worked with people who have ADD, Asperger's Syndrome and dyslexia for 30 years.
Allen had been living in the United States about three to four months before he arrived with his fiancée at Artworks and eventually showed his work. Soon after, Gray arrived with his mentor, Rick Greiner, along with his pottery. Artworks Director/Curator Teri Marquart then decided to host the exhibition.
“We've been open since June 2013, so we're open to lots of ideas,” Marquart said.
Allen will have seven framed and 20 matted pieces on display, and they are available for sale between $180 and $450. Gray will have hanging installations and about 15 pots on display that are available for sale, with prices ranging from $20 to $55.
Allen has had his art displayed at Times Square in New York City, and also has various examples of his art displayed on his Tumblr blog, http://franklouisallen.tumblr.com. In addition to pottery, Gray also does abstract marker pieces and collage art, and many examples of his work are posted on his website,
New exhibitWhat: “Expressions … Artists & Autism” features work by two artists with autism, now through March 8.
When: Regular hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibit artist Sean Gray” will demonstrate his work noon-5 p.m. Sunday and artist Frank Louis Allen” will demonstrate his work noon-5 p.m. Feb. 23.
Where: Artworks, the Galleria of Fine Art, 4110 W. Jefferson Blvd. D-7 in Jefferson Pointe mall
Information: www.ArtworksTheGalleria.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/artworksthegalleria