Exhibit at Long Island MacArthur Airport Features Artists With Autism and Other Disabilities

January 25, 2017 | Press

Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE) invites everyone to a Meet the Artists Reception to honor special needs artists participating in their Fine Art and Art Therapy Programs who have their mixed media constructions exhibited at the Long Island MacArthur Airport on 100 Arrival Avenue in Ronkonkoma. The reception will be held on Monday, January 30, at 11:00 a.m. The exhibit, “Landscape Constructions,” will be on display through February 17 in the Islip Arts Council – Art Gallery in MacArthur Airport – in the Atrium/arrivals area.


Long Island MacArthur Airport 100 Arrival Avenue Ronkonkoma, NY 11779

Monday January 30, 2017 11:00 a.m.

***Great visuals as artists will be present and able to speak about their creations***


“Landscape Constructions” is FREE’s first professionally juried competition of artwork created by the Artists of FREE. Over one hundred fifty pieces were vigorously created over a six-month period for this year’s collection. One hundred and six qualifying pieces were put before an esteemed panel of judges from the New York art and business community as the finalists. Fifty-Three Landscape Constructions were selected by the judges. The collection consists of two tiers of excellence, with Tier One containing the first through third place winners, seven pieces awarded with honorable mention and the next best fifteen pieces.


Tier Two contains the remaining twenty-eight works. The wide-ranging depictions of sky, land, water and other natural elements are interpreted through three styles of art. Realistic, impressionistic, and abstract multi- media constructions were created with some artists making up to six renditions to arrive at their final submission.


The artists represented are the finalists whose quality of work “rose high enough” to have garnered entrance into this prestigious collection. Their courage and strength led them down the challenging path of self-revelation and allowed them to “talk to us” through the hidden language of images, colors and symbols.


While the artwork is beautiful to look at it is important to recognize the incredible depth of emotional release that took place over months of work with all of our dedicated staff, it was their patience and unerring commitment to “stay the course” and believe that our artists could reach high to not only “see their healing image”, but also commit it to permanent form for all to share in their vision.


Over the years much has been written about the healing power of art as therapy and the creative process of spiritual self-expression, especially for individuals who may find it difficult to express their thoughts and feelings through spoken words alone. The images on view are a testament to this healing power, as our artists have embraced feelings of trust, hope and resolution, offering them an alternative to conflict and fear, which unfortunately characterizes much of the consciousness present in our world today.


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