The Westport Book Shop is pleased to welcome artists from the Daniel E. Offutt Arts and Education Community Center as its guest exhibitors for September, in the Book Shop’s Drew Friedman Art Place. The Center is an innovative program developed by CLASP Homes of Westport, and serves adults with autism and intellectual disabilities. Their goal is to help the people they serve to have lives full of dignity, joy, laughter, friendship and interesting choices.
Four enthusiastic and imaginative artists from the Center -- Fred Boages, Danny Freeman, Tony Sewell, and Steve Veno -- are displaying works that reflect each of their unique styles and interpretation of a similar still-life theme.
Leonor Dao, an artist who teaches weekly classes at the Center, describes the artists as “full of creativity and exploration,” who offer one another support, encouragement and friendship. There is always a “wonderful sense of success,” she says, when the artists experiment with a new theme, subject or medium that culminates in beautiful pieces of art.
You can see the exhibit at the Westport Book Shop, located at 23 Jesup Road, right across Jesup Green from the Westport Library. The art exhibit is open to the public during the Book Shop’s regular business hours: Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10am to 6pm, and Sundays from Noon to 5pm (closed Mondays), and will be on display through September 30, 2021.
The Book Shop’s “Drew Friedman Art Place” is an area of the store dedicated to exhibiting the work of community artists year-round, on a rotating basis. Miggs Burroughs, a Trustee of the Drew Friedman Community Arts Center, and a founding member of The Artists Collective of Westport, is curating these exhibits, which change monthly.
CLASP Homes of Westport is a well respected and established nonprofit organization based in Westport that operates group homes and supported apartments throughout Fairfield County. With the goal of creating a nurturing and supportive family environment, CLASP provides services that help adults with autism and intellectual disabilities live healthy and rewarding lives.
CLASP Daniel E. Offutt Arts and Education Community Center, which opened in 2018 in Bridgeport, is a program that offers an array of activities to CLASP residents, as well as members of the community with autism or intellectual disabilities. The Center’s mission is to encourage participants to express themselves, develop confidence and improve social skills, while supporting a healthy lifestyle.
For more information about CLASP Homes, visit www.clasphomes.org