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Studio 700 hosts art show and sale

Roseville center showcases work of adults with developmental disabilities
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Studio 700 Center for the Arts’ mission doesn’t focus on the limitations of their clients, but on their possibilities.

“I think (Studio 700) affords these individuals different ways of creating art than they’ve ever been afforded before,” said Barbara Guenther, executive director of Placer ARC, which operates Studio 700 and other programs for adults with developmental disabilities in Roseville and greater Placer County.

Studio 700, near downtown Roseville, houses more than 90 artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism and cerebral palsy.

Their artwork will be on display during the annual Studio 700 Spring Art Show and Sale Saturday, May 21, at the center. Attendees can peruse paintings and portraits, decorative and functional ceramic pieces, handmade jewelry, purses, hats, scarves, wallets and more.

“It’s a very validating thing to create something and know that people around you will be able to appreciate it,” said Jessica Dore, a supervisor at Placer ARC, in a press release. “It’s validating in the way we all want to be validated. It allows (our artists) to feel genuinely appreciated by people who don’t see them for what they lack, but see them for what they have.”

The studio’s graphic design group will also have items for sale, including custom prints, greeting cards and calendars. The studio will show 3D animation created by the digital animation group.

The event gives artists the chance to display their pieces outside their normal circle of family and friends, and to generate a source of income — an opportunity not as easily available to adults with developmental disabilities.

“It’s an incredible opportunity for them to connect with their community,” said Studio 700 Director Claire Hieber, in a press release.

Recently, one of the studio’s clients sold a piece of art. Hieber said the woman “felt really good” that a stranger found beauty and value in her work.

“I think there’s a general climate of sympathy rather than appreciation that surrounds this population,” Dore said. “But there’s something raw and unique and wonderful about someone who isn’t ‘classically trained’ putting something down (and creating art).”

~ Sena Christian

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Studio 700 Spring Art Show and Sale

When: 4-8 p.m. Saturday, May 21

Where: Studio 700 Center for the Arts, 700 Douglas Blvd. in Roseville

Cost: Free

Info: (916) 781-6911 or e-mail claireh@placerarc.org