Oswego, NY — ARISE, a local non-profit agency providing advocacy and services for people with disabilities and their families, hosted a one-night art exhibit on October 27 to celebrate the talent and achievement of artists and writers who have disabilities. All of the pieces shown were published in the 2011 edition of UNIQUE Magazine, an annual art and literary magazine by ARISE that features the creative works of artists and writers with disabilities. The exhibit marks the first time the full show of UNIQUE artwork was on view in Oswego County.
Mayor Ronald L. Woodward, Sr. welcomed nearly 100 visitors to the Fulton Municipal Building Community Room, where the artwork was exhibited. Tom McKeown, ARISE Executive Director, invited Holly Carpenter from the office of Senator Patricia Ritchie and Jennifer Cooke from Assemblyman William Barclay’s office to make remarks. They both expressed their tremendous appreciation for the outstanding artwork.
Jeffrey Grimshaw, Director of the Office of Business and Community Relations at SUNY Oswego and a member of the ARISE Oswego Advisory Committee and ARISE Foundation board, shared his thoughts. He talked about the breadth of ARISE services and the tremendous impact he has seen throughout the county. Grimshaw encourage people to get involved.
Sabine Ingerson, Director of ARISE Oswego Office, talked about the Independent Living Services and thanked all of the community partners present for their support.
Several of the exhibiting artists were present for the celebration, including Derek Grindle of Oswego, Steven Ingerson of Oswego, Jeremy Kelley of Constantia, Luann Knight of Oswego, and Melissa Sorar of Fulton. The artists were joined by family, friends, and community leaders who showed their support and appreciation.
ARISE wishes to thank the City of Fulton and the Fulton Art Association for their assistance in making the exhibit possible.
The call for artists for the 2012 edition of UNIQUE magazine will open in the spring of 2012. Artists must be at least 8 years old, live in Central or Northern New York, and have a disability of some sort. For more information on UNIQUE or to receive the call for artists when it opens, contact Elizabeth Dunn, Managing Editor, at 671-2909 or [email protected]
ARISE is a non-profit Independent Living Center run by and for people with disabilities. The organization has been providing advocacy and services since 1979, and each year ARISE works with approximately 4,000 people of all ages who have all types of disabilities. ARISE has offices in Onondaga, Oswego, and Madison Counties and operates ARISE at the Farm, a 77-acre recreational facility in Chittenango, NY, and ARISE & Ski at Toggenburg Winter Sports Center in Fabius, NY.