Jessica Evans has been creating art through Matheny’s Arts Access Program for more than 10 years. She explores her creative vision through numerous mediums including visual (painting and digital art), literary (creative writing), and performing arts (dance and drama). Evans’ artwork reflects her own personal style. She has work that is bright and textured with a sense of humor and adventure. And, she has also created paintings that share a message or remind her of someone or something in her life. Her visual art has been shown at such venues as the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ; Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ; and the Visiting Nurse Association of the Somerset Hills in Basking Ridge, NJ.
Evans is one of 10 participating artists in the first Art Garden CSA, a Community Supported Arts Program that connects emerging artists with disabilities and local art directors. Art Garden CSA is a collaboration between Arts Access and Arts Unbound and is made possible by a grant from the Kessler Foundation. Arts Access is a unique fine arts program enabling individuals with disabilities to fully express themselves in the creative arts.
The CSA local artists are each given a stipend of $1,000. Each artist is required to create 25 pieces of art of the program, encompassing paintings, jewelry, small sculptures, wearable art, photography, and more. The “community” is comprised of any individual or group that purchases one of the 25 available shares They pay $500 for each share, and, in return, receive 10 pieces of art – one from each artist. The buyers will receive their art at two “pick-up” events during the year where they can meet the artists and establish relationships. Shares can be purchased through the Art Garden website at artgardencsa.org.