Paintings created by artists with disabilities featured in state-wide exhibition

Submitted Photos Left: Taynisha Lynch with her painting, titled Seasons Change, and Scott Naetzker and his painting, Blue House.

Paintings created by local artists with disabilities at The Resource Center have been included in a state-wide exhibition.

Works by Randy Lake, Taynisha Lynch and Scott Naetzker are featured in the 13th annual Voice! exhibition. The show, which is on display in the Martin-Mullen Art Gallery in the Fine Arts Building at the State University College at Oneonta, runs until Aug. 11.

Created by The Arc Otsego, Voice! is a juried art exhibition celebrating the creative talents of artists with intellectual and/or other developmental disabilities from across New York State. Over the years, Voice! has represented hundreds of artists from more than 30 counties and has awarded over $10,000 in prizes.

Lake, Lynch and Naetzker made their paintings in The Resource Center’s Creations art program. The program, which operates in Jamestown and Dunkirk, gives people with disabilities the opportunity to express themselves through art. Instructor Susan Gutierrez was proud of her artists whose works were accepted into the Voice! exhibition.

“I am excited for the artists who are participating in this state-wide exhibit,” Gutierrez said. “The Voice! art show offers a wonderful opportunity for the artists to share their artistic talents and expressions with the community.”

The Resource Center has offered art programs for almost 20 years. With the cooperation of local galleries and businesses, the Creations artists have had their works displayed publicly on numerous occasions, and several artists have been recognized for their artistic achievements through winning art competitions or having their works selected for widespread distribution.

The three artists whose works were selected for the Voice! exhibition are excited to be included in the state-wide competition. Lynch, who works in a variety of art media, said inclusion in Voice! inspires her to create more art.

“It feels nice to be in the art show,” she said. “I love being an artist. I love painting. I could paint all day. Having my painting in the show makes me feel proud and makes me feel like I should keep painting.”

The Creations program sometimes donates art for charitable causes. Several paintings by Creations artists have been donated to the Chautauqua Blind Association Vision Rehabilitation Services for its art auction that will take place Aug. 10 at 21 Brix Winery in Portland.

For more information about The Resource Center’s Creations art program, phone 661-1076.