Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Creativity Explored

 Bag by Badia Forbes. @ Creativity Explored

We are a couple of days past Black Friday and Cyber Monday but if you haven't finished your Christmas shopping, haven't why not put organizations like Creativity Explored on your list of places to shop? You won't have to worry about bullets or pepper spray and you'd be helping a wonderful organization as well as buying art works at a very reasonable price.

Creativity Explored was founded in 1982 by Florence and Elias Katz, pioneers in the field of working with people with developmental disabilities. For 30 years,  Creativity Explored’s innovative and respected programs, structure, and culture have served as an organizational model worldwide in the field of art and disability. They are committed to supporting people with developmental disabilities in their quest to become working artists, and to promoting their work as an emerging and increasingly important contribution to the contemporary art world.

 Wrapping paper and note cards by Evelyn Reyes. @Creativity Explored

Located in SF's Mission District, their gallery sales have have provided an income for the CE artists. For some, art has become a viable career path and for others, increasing recognition for their contributions to the contemporary art world. The Berkeley Art Museum recently added 16 works by Creativity Explored artists to its permanent collection of more than 14,000 objects, Thomas Pringle, a CE artist, is included in the Pro Arts 2012 Juried Annual Exhibition of the best new artists in the Bay Area.

Let Creativity Explored introduce you to Natalie Spring. She joined Creativity Explored just over a year ago. Natalie used to be shy, her group living situation made her feel sheltered, and she wasn’t really doing much with her life.

Now, Natalie creates artwork at Creativity Explored four days a week and lives in her own apartment with her cat, Indigo. She is one of our most articulate artists and speaks openly about herself, her past, and her art.

"I like to draw horses. There’s something elegant about them. I also do clay and wire work, and I’ve gotten into screen printing lately.

When I’m at Creativity Explored I feel like I’m home. There’s such a warm feeling from everybody. I’m making all these friends all of a sudden!

The art. The artists. I like it all. I feel like I’ve become a different person. I’ve become happy."

 Selena Perez, @ Creativity Explored

 Make them happy, make YOURSELF happy by supporting this amazing organization. The Annual Holiday Art Sale at Creativity Explored is an art lover’s shopping extravaganza, one in which you can buy a multitude of art are very affordable prices. The studio is filled with original prints, paintings, drawings, ceramics, sculptures, and textiles by over 120 artists — including unique pieces set aside for this special occasion. Many artworks have even been marked down. Like all Creativity Explored exhibitions, one-half of the proceeds from the sale of every artwork go directly to the artist.

Creativity Explored, 16th St. between Guerrero and Valencia

You can also shop on-line at their Cyber Store:

Opening Weekend
Friday, December 2, 2011
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Saturday & Sunday, December 3 & 4, 2011
12:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

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