This month, Carry Out Cafe & Catering’s gallery will feature local artists from OpArt, the collaborative program of Opportunity Works, Inc. of Newburyport, MA, and the Newburyport Art Association (NAA). The paintings, sketches and notecards, which are available for purchase, are on display through the beginning of November at the cafe at 155 State Street in Newburyport. Proceeds from the sale of this work go directly to the artists.
The OpArt program encourages adults with a variety of developmental and physical disabilities to enrich their lives through the artmaking process. Managed by Jenna Signore, a coordinator on the NAA Board of Directors, the art education outreach program provides individuals with disabilities hands-on art instruction using different media, techniques, and materials, and the chance to realize their life’s ambitions through the creative process in the visual arts.
According to Ms. Signore, being part of this program is very rewarding. “I am continually inspired by our artists’ enthusiasm, spirit, and innovation in the studio. To witness the calm that the artmaking process brings for many and the joy associated with sharing art with others is extremely powerful,” she said
The OpArt program has grown to include the participation of talented associate artists working with advanced art supplies and techniques, such as acrylic paints, pastels, water colors, charcoals, photography and sculpture. The artists have enjoyed growing recognition at the regional and state-wide levels for the quality of artwork created. In addition to Carry Out Cafe, several successful exhibitions are held during the year at such venues as the Lowell’s Boat Shop in Amesbury, MA, the NAA, and the Senior & Community Center of Newburyport.
The program would not be possible without the loyal support of the Institution for Savings Charitable Foundation, the Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank Charitable Foundation, Matter Communications and donations from local businesses and individuals.