UNIQUE Magazine to be at the Oswego County Literacy Fair

Oswego, NY –  UNIQUE is an annual art and literary magazine published by ARISE that celebrates the creative voices of Central New York artists and writers with disabilities. 2013 marked the magazine’s 13th edition and the fourth year of traveling community exhibitions.

For the third year, UNIQUE 2013 premiered at the Everson Museum of Art. After the Everson, the exhibit will travel to many partnering organizations with the first stop at the Literacy Coalition of Oswego County’s “Dig into Reading” Literacy Fair.

Derek and his UNIQUE artwork
Derek and his UNIQUE artwork

“UNIQUE demonstrates the power of self-expression and we are so pleased to partner with the Literacy Coalition for this special exhibition in Oswego County,” said Sabine Ingerson, Director of ARISE Oswego County Offices.

The artwork will be on display during the event from noon to 3 p.m. at Mexico Elementary School, 26 Academy Street, Mexico, NY 13114. Admission is free.

Local Oswego County artists featured in the magazine include: Donna August, Carolyn A. Bevins, Vivian Golding, Derek Grindle, Joseph Lisi, Jean K. Syrell, and Josh Webster.
UNIQUE is an important component of ARISE’s work to highlight the many talents and viewpoints of people who have disabilities. Many of the artists use writing and creative expression to help communicate their thoughts, feelings, and emotions and their work demonstrates the power of art to express, educate, and inspire.

The 13th Edition of UNIQUE Magazine and the traveling exhibits are made possible through support of our sponsors. Premier Sponsor: The Drescher Corporation. 13th Edition Sponsors: J.W. Burns & Company Investment Counsel and Haylor, Freyer & Coon, Inc. Patrons of the Arts: Tania S. Anderson, The Bonadio Group, PurEnergy, L.L.C., SUNY Oswego, and V.I.P. Structures. Friends of UNIQUE: Tim, Sue, & Robert George, INFICON, Onondaga Hearing Services, and Relph Benefit Advisors. Media Sponsors: NewsChannel 9 WSYR and WAER. Opening Exhibit Partner: Everson Museum of Art.


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 and ARISE & Ski at Toggenburg Winter Sports Center in Fabius.