Both organizations will have five art exhibitions throughout the year along with two collaborative shows in 2014,. These will include various works of art from local artists and pieces created by Sophie’s artists. The art program focuses on fostering a positive environment for members to express themselves through their artistic ability.
Every week, students are taught a variety of media such as painting, jewelry making, fused glass, weaving and pastels. In turn, the finished works of art are featured and sold at the Sophie’s Gallery & Gift Shop, and now the Kensington Gallery.
“We are excited about our collaboration with the Kensington Gallery and ARI as we relocate to Kensington, a unique neighborhood with a reputation as a quiet hub of creativity with a heart for art” said Wendy Morris, Sophie’s Gallery Administrator.
To celebrate this joint collaboration, the Kensington Gallery will host a Valentine’s Day party with a “Mazel Tov” and “Kitchen Kitsch” exhibition from February 8 through 28, 2014. The exhibitions will feature mosaic pieces, produced by Sophie’s artists and mosaic wall panels by local artist Kim Emerson. Kim studied with the renowned artist James Hubbell. Her largest commission was for Rady Children’s Hospital of San Diego. All works are for sale and benefit adults with developmental disabilities .
For more information about St. Madeline Sophie’s Center, please visit www.stmsc.org.
About St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center
St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center serves 400+ adults with developmental disabilities, ages 22 to 70+. Its mission is to empower its students to discover, experience and realize their full potential as members of the greater community. Developmental disabilities include autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and other cognitive disorders, for which there are no cures. Programs are offered on a staff-to-student ratio of 1:3 to 1:6, depending upon the level of each student’s disability. These programs include: Activity Center; Adult Development Center; seniors (for adults age 50+); Behavior Modification;
Sites: St. Madeleine’s has three sites: its main campus on the outskirts of El Cajon; Sophie’s Gallery and Gift Shop in Downtown El Cajon; and a satellite gallery, Sophie’s Gallery at NTC Liberty Station.