Posts Tagged ‘Autism’

I am so excited to share my combination of Art & Community Service in Florida.   If you are new to my blog I need to bring you up-to-date on my project:  Circle of Friends & Stars, an Art Program serving adults with Autism, Down Syndrome & others with Intellectual, Learning & Developmental Disabilities.  An ART / DANCE / MUSIC / ARTS & CRAFTS / THEATER “SPECIAL” ACTIVITY CLUB.  We meet every Saturday at the Schacknow Museum of Fine Arts in Plantation, Florida at 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.  If you have been following over the years, you already know what’s going on.  What I’d like to share is the Artwork being created during our CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS SEASON at the Circle of Friends & Stars.

Feather Butterfly

“Butterfly in Feathers”

June 1st to August 31 of each year the Club concentrates on art projects for exhibit purposes.  During the Creative Expressions Season the Club produces the most interestingly creative projects that I am especially proud of and must share with my readers.  The feature project of this season will be our Butterflies in Feathers.  We will be present 4 butterflies; 2 in feathers and 2 in glitter.  Shown here is Debra Miller who has been working for 5 weeks in order to be ready for our 1st Art Exhibit on August 10, 2013 at the BB&T CENTER in Sunrise, Florida.

We invite you to share our program with people you know that are seeking creative activity for their adult special needs children in the South Florida basin.  Call us (305) 469-6009 for more details and get directions to our Clubhouse.   I am working 35 hours per week on this project and invite volunteers to come out and serve our special needs opportunities.


Jeff’s “Sunflower” 11 x 14 acrylic on canvas board


Follow our updates on Facebook:  Circle of Friends & Stars or visit our website: http://www.circleoffriendsandstars.org

Email:  cofriendsandstars@gmail.com

Operational Site:  Schacknow Museum of Fine Arts, 7080 N.W. 4th Street, Plantation, Florida   33317


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I am so excited to share the good news of my upcoming Art Exhibit.  In this show, I will showcase my new paintings.   Not sure if many of you realized that I am a self-taught artist.  In 2010 I met an instructor, Brent Miller of RemBrent Academy of Arts in Plantation, Florida who saw my work and immediately said, “I love what you’re doing and would like to help you fine tune your work”.  I, of course, jumped at the opportunity to finally learn to paint under the supervision of an artist.

On Saturday, October 6, 2012, I will have the privilege of showing YOU my new pieces.  Please come out and see the artwork, meet new friends and chat with a glass of wine.

Where:  Schacknow Museum of Fine Arts
 Address:   7080 N.W. 4th Street, Plantation, Florida  33317
 Cost:         $10.00  (donation towards Special Needs activities).    You may write a check payable to:  Circle Of Friends.   Circle Of Friends is an activity club serving Teens (16+) and Adults with Autism / Down Syndrome and others with learning and developmental disabilities.

As a Caribbean artist, I have endeavored to create paintings which show “Island Life” from a primitive perspective.  When I started out, I use to paint on rocks, driftwood and items I found on the beach.  Actually, my first canvas was taken out of the trash.  Neighbors were relocating to the states and threw out a painting they didn’t want.  I saw it sitting by the trash can and picked it up, painted over the scene and created Island Woman”  18 x 28  acrylic on canvas (1990).

Island Woman

I have chosen “Caribbean Dream” as my theme because this is my dream come through.  Today, it gives me such joy to share my artwork which shows growth from 1990 to 2012.   My feature painting, “The Doors”  24 x 36  acrylic on canvas (2012) will be on exhibit for two (2) months.  October 6 through December 4, 2012.

The Doors

“The Doors” is indeed a labor of love.  In this presentation, I wanted to show Caribbean life before electricity.  The woman coming from the country walking all the way to downtown to sell her fruits and vegetables.  The structure, created in the 1700’s Caribbean, was probably built from sea sand.  Today, these buildings are still standing, but are showing the wear of the century.  Notice the cracking of the arch over the doors and the raw construction of the doors.

See you at the Exhibit!

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