(Rohnert Park) – The Sonoma State University Library is now hosting “Alchemia: A Spectrum of Creativity,” a collaborative art exhibit featuring the work of local artists with developmental disabilities. The art is currently showing in both the Library Gallery and 2North exhibit area on the second floor of the Jean and Charles Schulz Information Center on campus. The exhibit, created through a partnership between the SSU Library and the non-profit group Alchemia, will continue until March 25.
“We are thrilled to collaborate with Alchemia on this exhibit,” said Mary Wegmann, chair of the University Library Art Committee. “The artwork in the exhibit is bold and engaging. It portrays relationships with the environment, animals and others and offers the viewer the opportunity to see the world through the eyes of the artists.”
“As an alumna of the SSU Theatre Department, it is a joy to share the visionary artwork of Alchemia artists with the SSU community,” said Alchemia Artistic Director Liz Jahren.
Alchemia offers art courses taught by professional artists to adults with developmental disabilities to enhance the independence and personal empowerment of each individual participant.
Library Art Committee member Darren Sargent visited the Alchemia locations to select a representation of art. “The staff and clients of Alchemia were a joy to meet and work with,” he said. “The artworks created by the clients of Alchemia's program are ego driven yet selfless; sharing with the viewer an unpretentious look into their lives and what is important to them.”
The public, as well as all SSU faculty, staff and students, are invited to attend a reception on Wednesday, Feb. 27 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the exhibit. The event will include a panel discussion moderated by Jahren. Wine and light refreshments will be served.
To RSVP and receive a parking pass for the reception, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. At all other times, parking on campus is $5.
This exhibit is curated by the Art Committee of the Sonoma State University Library and is funded by the Jean and Charles Schulz endowment. For more information, please contact Bonnie Cormier at email@example.com
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