Frank Somerville: (from the article - here) I had a few minutes today after I finished working out. So I decided to go and visit my friend Susan Janow at the Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland.
She'd been asking me when I was going to come by again and see her.
Susan didn't know I was coming.
But as soon as she saw me she got so excited and started waving her hands in the air. Seeing that made my whole day.
Creative Growth is the coolest place.
It gives adults with various disabilities a chance to do artwork in a professional studio.
They have everything there.
And you know what?
Some of the artwork is spectacular.
That second picture is a drawing that Susan did.
She's very detailed in her work.
And it shows.
Today I also met Dan Miller.
He came up and shook my hand.
I don't think he had any idea that I work at KTVU.
He's just a very friendly guy.
He kept talking about switching a light bulb on and off.
And then he started talking about train signals.
I wasn't quite sure what to make of that.
But later they told me that he is obsessed with things like light bulbs, electrical sockets, food and the names of cities and people.
I saw something that he painted and when I first saw it I said:
"Wow who did that? That's really nice."
They told me it was Dan.
"The guy I just met with the hockey helmet did that?"
They said "Yup he painted that."
And then they told me that some of Dan's work is included in a permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art, New York!!
Honestly, the creativity at Creative Growth is off the charts.
But what I like even better than the art, is the attitude of the artists there.
Their joy is so pure.
Because they don't have any filters.
It's so refreshing to be around.
And as I was walking back to my car I noticed that I couldn't stop smiling.
Frank Somerville anchors KTVU 2's 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 10 p.m. news and contributes commentaries to SFGATE. You can reach him on Facebook.