SPHERE (Special People Housing Education Recreation and Employment) will have its annual Art Show, featuring the work of members on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lounsbury House.
Each year, adults with developmental disabilities create artwork — ceramics, paintings, sketches and more, showcasing their artistic skills. Their work over the summer culminates with the show and a chance to shine in the Ridgefield community.
“This year SPHERE art program members were asked to think about what makes up their community and depict their environments,” said Carolyn Daher, the leader of SPHERE’s art program. “This summer’s theme was ‘if you were looking through a window what would you see in Ridgefield?’ We looked through various windows in Ridgefield throughout the summer. The resulting exhibition showcases the diverse viewpoints and variety of creative processes of these summer artists.”
SPHERE also added to the program for the summer, having members make jewelry, which will be available for sale at the Art Show. The pieces include handcrafted necklaces, bracelets and earrings.
“Creating jewelry helps develop motor skills which can translate into more employment opportunities for our members,” said SPHERE board member Rebecca Ciota. “It also builds self-esteem and the sense of accomplishment and pride. Members are thrilled to contribute to SPHERE by selling their items.”