Aspire’s iXpress art program exhibition open at the Fredonia Technology Incubator

Share in the joy of artistic creation by visiting the 2018 iXpress Exhibition, Art on the Lake currently on display at the Fredonia Technology Incubator through August 31st. The exhibition is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Colorful collages, pastels, acrylic paintings, drawings, and mixed media works express the artists’ struggles, joys, and dreams.

An opening reception Tuesday, July 10 from 5p.m. to 7p.m. will offer the public an opportunity to meet the artists and enjoy refreshments while viewing the artwork. Wine tastings will be provided by Bag & String Wine Merchants. The Incubator is located at 214 Central Ave. in Dunkirk; the parking lot is off of Washington Ave. RSVP for the opening reception July 10 at which is also listed on the FTI homepage and Facebook page.

Artists participating in the exhibition are: Carrie Bace, Jennifer Baker, Alexis Bradshaw, Linda Boggs, Kristin Desing, Aaron Davison, Joe Dingledy, John Freeman, Chuck Hartson, Shelby Hazzard, Linda Holdgate, Robert Hodges, Jennifer Knapp, Eric Morrison, Jessica Mancari, Tim Lawson, JB Murphy, Trisha Paul, Brett Schindler, Jesse Slade, Katie Spence, Heather Stevens, Louis Stoll, Ricky McMahon, Steven Ray, Bria Rawles, Brett Eller, Ricky McMahon, Joseph Collen Shaw, Karen Merrick, Gary Van Volkenberg and Henry Wesley.

Among the works in the 2018 iXpress exhibition is “Industrial Waves,” by Harry LaVoice, an 80 year old iXpress artist who has spent years working on his art. LaVoice loves mixing media and “Industrial Waves” is the result of one such endeavor. Harry is happiest when he is able to create.

The mission of Aspire in Western New York is to support children and adults with developmental and similar disabilities, helping them live their lives to the fullest by providing individualized assistance based on personal choices. iXpress is an expressive arts program for people with developmental disabilities. It includes all forms of artistic expression from painting, clay sculpting and writing to acting, singing, playing musical instruments and photography. This exhibition represents the visual arts portion of the program. Participants are led through an artistic process designed to fuel personal inspiration, improve communication skills, and develop a stronger sense of self. iXpress reinforces that participants are first and foremost artists, who happen to be challenged with a disability.

The Fredonia Technology Incubator promotes economic growth in Western New York by supporting entrepreneurship and the development of new, innovative companies into successful business ventures. The incubator provides administrative and business services, mentoring, networking, professional consulting, educational opportunities, and access to work ready space.