Easter Seals

May 7 – June 15

Easter Seals,  Searle Gallery
Opening Reception Thursday May 9, 5-7pm

ArtCenter Manatee presents an exhibition of work from the Easter Seals Art Initiative Program in the Searle Gallery. The Art Initiative Program was developed in 2002 at Easter Seals Southwest Florida for our Adult Day Training participants and for the students in our alternative high school program, the VIP Academy. Since that time, several artists with disabilities have developed their innate skills and talents with guidance from our Art Instructor and Ringling College graduate, Karen Davenport.

Arnetta is in her late forties and was born with quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy, which prevents her from walking and limits the movement of her feet and hands. Despite her disability, Arnetta demonstrates amazing control and dexterity with tools that she chooses to create her art: sticks for her dot work, paintbrushes, pastels, colored pencils etc. She loves colorful paintings and personally selects her own unique subject matter and medium. Arnetta is a prolific painter and her art sales help to supplement her limited income. She is most often wearing a big smile while sporting her favorite attire: anything leopard print!  During her time in the Art Initiative, she has truly blossomed, not only as an artist and but as a more confident, self-assured woman.


Receiving – May 4
Pick Up – June 15

Download the Exhibition Schedule and Entry Requirements