A special art exhibit in Bernardsville

Michael Martin, at an opening reception on July 9 with his parents, Alan and Linda Martin of Morris Plains. Behind them is Michael’s untitled painting.

Michael Martin can’t speak or walk, but he can communicate, using his eyes and head. For nearly 12 years, as an adult medical day student at Matheny, he has been participating in the Arts Access Program, which enables people with disabilities to create fine art, assisted by professional artist-facilitators.

Martin is one of 15 Arts Access artists displaying paintings through the end of July at the Bernardsville Library in an exhibition entitled “Amalgamation.” Twenty paintings are on display. All proceeds from artwork sales are split 50/50, with half the funds going directly to the artist and the other half going to Matheny to cover the cost of art materials, stretching and framing of the work.