Georgia Artists With Disabilities Show Opens

Approximately 50 award-winning pieces of art from disabled artists across Georgia, including one from the Central Savannah River Area, will be on display March 27-April 19 at the Georgia Artists with Disabilities, Inc.’s 29th annual statewide tour and exhibit.  Georgia Artists with Disabilities, Inc. was founded in 1985 by the Pilot Clubs of Metro Atlanta and is supported by Georgia District Pilot Clubs.

The exhibit is sponsored by Walton Foundation for Independence and will hang at HealthSouth/Walton Rehabilitation Hospital, 1355 Independence Drive from Friday, March 28th through the month of April.

The mission of Georgia Artists with Disabilities is to provide avenues through which Georgia artists with disabilities can display their artistic accomplishments in all disciplines of the arts, and to create public awareness of the artistic skills these artists have developed by overcoming the obstacles of their disabilities.

Entries in the 2013-14 exhibit include paintings, photographs, clay pottery, mosaics, textiles and other mediums. The nine-city tour kicked off in Moultrie in September and ends in Douglasville in July.

A local artist from Mesena, Ga., Valton Murray, won Best of Show for the acrylic “Spring Bloom” and Honorable Mention for the acrylic “Studio 2.” Without any formal art training, Murray paints from childhood memories and has become a well-known Southeast folk artist. He has exhibited in many art shows, including successful one-artist shows. He wants to continue to learn so that he may share his art with others.