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July 12, 2013

Ninth annual Voice! exhibit to open

Features artists with developmental disabilites

Voice! 9, the ninth annual juried art exhibition of work by artists with intellectual and other developmental disabilities from across New York will open with a free, public reception from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Martin-Mullen Art Gallery in the Fine Arts Building at the State University College at Oneonta.

During the reception, which will include music, refreshments and art for sale, $1,400 in prize money will be awarded and visitors will have the opportunity to cast a vote for the winner of the People’s Choice Award.

Presented by The Arc Otsego, Voice! “demonstrates the power of art to transcend disability and stereotypes to reveal common ground and celebrate unique abilities,” according to a media release. This year’s exhibit features more than 70 works by more than 60 artists representing 18 counties. The eclectic exhibition addresses a variety of subjects expressed through drawing, painting, sculpture, fabric arts, photography, collage and mixed media. In addition, for the first time, viewers can access a live stream from the opening reception from a link on The Arc Otsego’s website at 

“We knew that many of the participating artists come from very far away and are often not able to travel the long distances to the exhibit. We wanted to make sure they had the opportunity to experience the exhibit and the opening reception. The idea of the live stream was born,” Arc Otsego Community Relations Director Lynne Sessions said in the release. 

The 2013 exhibit poster image, “Old Truck in the Field,” was painted by Shannon Meers, who studies at Creative Endeavors Art Center in Ballston Spa. She paints, does printmaking and creates collages and has exhibited work throughout the Saratoga area. According to Sessions, Meers’ work was chosen as the 2013 cover art for Voice! because “in addition to the beautiful color palette, Shannon’s work perfectly evokes nostalgic feelings for summers past in rural upstate New York.”

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