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Expressing life in art — Boswell art show

Expressive arts director Claire Bevell can’t share their full names, for privacy reasons, but she’s happy to share the creative works of the residents of Boswell Regional Center.

Residents participate at their level of skill and understanding, expressing themselves through paint, pencil, ink and embroidery. Bevell works with them — either demonstrating techniques, working side-by-side or hand-over-hand, talking with them about their work and encouraging them.

Many pieces of art are on display in the Lincoln County Public Library through Sept. 30. Each piece was designed by residents with some degree of intellectual or developmental disability.

The works are for sale, with prices listed on them. Artwork can be purchased at the reception scheduled for Sept. 26, 4:30-6:30 p.m., or prior to the event by contacting Bevell at 901-340-5216. Photos of several works are also displayed on her Facebook page.

Purchases help provide art supplies for the residents and encouragement, as well. Gallery visitors can see works that were done by groups — like several paintings of red azaleas — as well as offerings unique to individual artists.

Visitors will see lots of color and bold markings on the page. They’ll see energy and passion that expresses life through the artists’ creativity. What they won’t see  is anything boring.