June 28 – August 9, 2012

Opening Reception: Thursday, June 28, 5 – 8PM

The oldest and largest art studio for artists with disabilities invites you to rummage through Toolbox, an exhibition capturing the relationship between material and final product. Within this realm, the preference for cardboard over paper or pencil over pen becomes more than just a stylistic choice, it becomes the artists’ signature.

Creative Growth director Tom di Maria shares, “this exhibition sheds light on the seemingly endless stream of supplies within the Creative Growth studio, and how the artists here transform these basic materials into visionary works of art.”

Whether the artist’s ‘material’ is a repetitive concept such as John Martin’s fascination with the Leatherman tool, reproduced in every media possible, (drawing, wood, ceramics, cardboard, textile) or a single material source for daily use such as William Tyler and the Sharpie pen, we take this opportunity to examine the process of everyday materials merging into refined works of art.

Also on view: work by internationally celebrated artist Judith Scott. Scott literally appropriated studio tools and materials in order to create her highly sought after textile-based sculptural works, which have been featured at Barbara Gladstone, New York, The Museum of Everything, London and most recently during Frieze art fair, New York.

With work by Creative Growth studio artists Dan Miller, Susan Janow, Barry Regan, John Martin, William Tyler, Luis Aguilera, David Albertsen and many more.

Exhibition Opening:
Thursday, June 28
With musical performance by Anna Ash

ALSO OPEN Saturday, June 30
11:00AM – 4:00PM

FREE in the Creative Growth studio
(11:30AM to 2:00PM)
Join guest instructor Matthew Jervis for a one-time workshop encouraging kids to indulge their natural creative abilities and address random challenges, with surprise materials like twist ties, egg cartons, yogurt containers and bottle caps. Bring your kids, hang out in the studio and gain valuable new skills while devising creative solutions to simple challenges. Grades K-5th grade.

Artwork: John Martin