The Union Recorder


July 7, 2014

‘Once Upon a Brush’ exhibit opens at Blackbridge

MILLEDGEVILLE — For anyone who has ever wondered the tale that lies behind the strokes an artist places on canvas, a new art exhibit provides the opportunity to read stories of creativity.

Creative Expressions Studio along with the Department of Art at Georgia College is hosting the exhibit, “Once Upon a Brush,” featuring Creative Expressions artists with disabilities along with their stories behind their work.

The exhibition will be on display through July 31 at Blackbridge Hall Art Gallery.

"We've done several exhibits before in the past, but this is the first time we've done one where the artists get a chance to explain why they chose to create what they made," said Katie Whipple, creative arts instructor for Creative Expressions.

Creative Expressions is an integrated arts program that is part of The Life Enrichment Center, which promotes creativity and self-expression for artists with developmental disabilities.

Through music therapy, performing arts and visual art, the program provides artists with disabilities a chance to share their work with the community.

Besides Whipple, other staff members include Sean Richardson, creative arts coordinator, Sarah Richardson, music therapist, and visual arts instructor, Nichole Hopper.

"Our goal is to give our artists with disabilities a sense of joy and pride by giving them the opportunity to share their talents with everyone."

Eight artists are featured in the exhibit, varying in range from veteran artists to first timers.

"We wanted to feature a wide range of talent and stories with this particular exhibit so we have some of our more mature artists as well as brand new ones," Whipple said.  

Each work of art contains a story by the artist that not only explains the significance of the piece but also gives the audience a look into the artist’s life.

"When we sat down and talked with each artist about the artwork it was amazing to find out what initiated the creativity behind it, and you got a chance to see the world through their eyes."

All stories start with the same phrase, 'Once Upon A Time' and give the viewer a more in-depth look into the artist’s imagination, she added.

Whipple said the partnership between Creative Expressions and Georgia College is one that helps foster the creativity of its members.

"We are so thankful for the art department allowing us to make use of Blackbridge. The art and music department at Georgia College have always been so supportive of our work, and we are very appreciative of their collaboration."

There will be an opening reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 10 at Blackbridge Hall Art Gallery, located on South Clarke Street. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information about the Creative Expressions Studio and its artists visit or call 478-445-2270.

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