Celebrating the arts

Betty and Joe Christie of Keyport, NJ, parents of late artist Jason Christie, next to his painting “Wolverine.” At right is their niece Leslie Bergman of New York City.

The mission of Matheny’s Arts Access Program is to provide individuals with disabilities the freedom to create in the visual, literary and performing arts. Along with that freedom comes the opportunity for the artists to have their art displayed in the community. A recent example of such community exposure and support was an exhibit of visual art and written works by Arts Access artists at the MONDO Summit building in Summit, NJ.

From left, George Vanderslays and Kate Jackette of Watchung, NJ; Arts Access director Eileen Murray of Morris Plains, NJ; and Diane Revel of Bernardsville, NJ.

The exhibit was held from February 25-March 29, and a special reception to celebrate it took place from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, at the 94-year-old reconstructed brick building, which is dedicated to all kinds of art. In addition to viewing the visual art at the reception, visitors were treated to a reading of some of the literary art.