TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. (Feb. 25, 2016) – The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art held its opening reception for two new exhibits on Saturday, Feb. 20, with PARC’s Florida Inspired 2016-2017 being one of the new exhibitions on view.
The Florida Inspired 2016-2017 features works of art from the Inspired Artist Studios @ PARC in St. Petersburg, a place where children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities can express fully their artistic talents. More than 30 unique pieces of art are featured in the traveling exhibit.
During the opening reception, PARC’s board chair April Hill and PARC’s president and CEO Karen Higgins addressed the crowd. “Art transcends language,” said Hill. “Our artists are so passionate, and we are so privileged to be able to display their art to the public.”
One of the pieces, Big Whale by Alex J., has been deconstructed during the show and encourages the community to create their own piece of artwork after seeing the exhibit and attaching it to the piece.
“The goal of visitors to alter Alex’s painting is to show unexpected ideas, and an expanded conversation about the relevancy and creative values of diversity of abilities and experiences,” said Maria Emilia, PARC’s curator for this project. “With the traveling art show, we are increasing opportunities for inclusion for emerging artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Florida’s diverse visual arts, creative industry and aesthetic dialogue.”
The Florida Inspired 2016-2017 collection stays at the Leepa-Rattner Museum until May 15. The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art is located just west of U.S. Highway 19 at 600 Klosterman Road, on the Tarpon Springs Campus of St. Petersburg College. Museum hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday; 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Thursday; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Friday; and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and free to children and students with ID.
Since 1953, PARC has been supporting children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities by offering a variety of services focused on their unique needs and goals. For more information about the Inspired Artist Studios @ PARC, call 727-341-6931.
PARC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide opportunities for children and adults with developmental disabilities to exercise their independence and experience life to the fullest. Established in 1953, PARC currently serves more than 800 individuals in the greater Tampa Bay area. To learn more about PARC, call 727-345-9111 or visit www.parc-fl.org.