May 24, 2023
Stop by the McCord Gallery before exhibit ends June 2
Seeing their artwork displayed at a family member’s home or office wall at St. Coletta’s of Illinois is not unusual.
Seeing it displayed at an area art gallery is a whole other story.
For nearly a month, 27 paintings by 44 developmentally disabled individuals from St. Coletta’s of Illinois have been featured prominently at the McCord Gallery and Cultural Center in Palos Park.
On May 19, they had an opportunity to view the exhibit with friends, family, gallery patrons and the public during an artist’s reception at the McCord.
Some greeted visitors at the door, taking them back to see their artwork. Others stood proudly by their pieces and eagerly waited to explain their color choices or painting title, such as Midnight Breeze, Party Confetti and Potato Salad.
“It was an incredible evening for everyone,” said St. Coletta’s Chief Operating Officer Heather Benedick. “Our participants enjoyed interacting with the public, our staff members enjoyed catching up with families, and patrons had an opportunity to learn a little more about St. Coletta’s.
“We appreciate the time and effort that went in to planning this event and thank everyone who attended,” she added.
Nearly 100 people attended the reception and purchased several of the paintings on display. Proceeds will benefit the McCord and St. Coletta’s – both of which are 501 (c)(3) organizations.
This was the first time participants in St. Coletta’s Community Day Services program have been invited to showcase their artwork at the McCord. Staff members submitted a proposal for a curated show last year and were thrilled when told the application had been accepted.
“When St. Coletta’s came to us with the idea of exhibiting the works of their clients, we felt it was a wonderful opportunity collaborate with another non-profit that provides a great service to the community,” said McCord Gallery Executive Director Linda Buchanan.
Based in Tinley Park, St. Coletta’s of Illinois provides educational and vocational training services to more than 300 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
It uses art therapy to help individuals express thoughts and feelings, improve self-esteem and increase communication skills.
To see an example of the acrylic pour paintings they create in recreational therapy, stop by the McCord Gallery at 9602 S. Creek Road, Palos Park.
The gallery is free to the public and open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Don’t delay. St. Coletta’s exhibit ends June 2.