Raymour & Flanigan to host art from Resource Center

JAMESTOWN — Raymour & Flanigan will host an exhibit showcasing the artistic talents of people with developmental disabilities the last week of August.

Works by people in The Resource Center’s Creations art program will be on display at Raymour & Flanigan’s Jamestown showroom beginning Aug. 25. The weeklong exhibit is titled “Art from the Heart;” people can come to the store, located at 1001 Fairmount Avenue in Jamestown, anytime during normal business hours.

The week will culminate with a gala from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30. The free event will feature music and refreshments. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to meet a few of the artists and buy some of the works being displayed.

The Creations program, which has been in existence for about 12 years, gives people with developmental disabilities a way to express artistically what they may have difficulty conveying verbally. Susan Gutierrez, TRC’s art instructor, works with hundreds of people in The Resource Center’s day programs in Jamestown and Dunkirk.

“The show will have approximately 45 paintings with acrylic paint, watercolor and mixed media,” Gutierrez said. “There will also be photography on display, as well as many ceramic pieces, jewelry and note cards. The artwork is created by people that attend The Resource Center’s Day Programs.”

Creations artists have had their works exhibited in a number of public venues over the years. This marks the third time Raymour & Flanigan has hosted an exhibit of works by TRC’s artists.

“This is an exciting event for the artists of The Resource Center, and we are so grateful for the wonderful people of Raymour & Flanigan for the opportunity to share their talents with the community,” Gutierrez added.

Those attending the art exhibit will have an opportunity to receive a discount on eligible purchases at Raymour & Flanigan through Sept. 30.

For more information about the exhibit or the gala, phone Raymour & Flanigan at 483-3111 or The Resource Center at 483-2344.

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