Special needs children throughout the region are gearing up for their night to shine. The sixth annual “Hands That Touch the Heart” art show is presented at the Community Arts Center, with an artist reception set for Thursday.
“While working with our special (students), I am always touched by the fantastic art work and the genuine joy all these young people get from seeing their art displayed. It helps remind me to be joyful in all things, big and small, in life,” said Donna Decker, co-president of “Hands That Touch the Heart” art show.
Andrea Cass, president, began this exhibit in 2006. She said she wanted to offer special needs students the opportunity to express themselves. “This is truly their night to shine,” Cass noted, adding the exhibit continues to be at the Community Arts Center through the generosity of CAC executive director Mary Beth Touchstone.
Cass, a painter in her own right, said, “As a painter, (I) saw early through (my) own special needs daughter, Megan, that she loved to paint. The Community Arts Center’s Main gallery is filled with wonderful art from wall to wall. Each painting is truly unique and is inspired by these beautiful children and young adults.”