The photography and portraits of more than 20 young artists with autism and other special needs from The Help Group’s Village Glen School will be showcased at dnj Gallery at Bergamot Station. The exhibition titled, inside/out, was a multi-year project aimed at providing the environment, tools and teaching to encourage students to find their creative voice though photography and writing. At the end of each project, student’s participated in a collaborative portrait session with Help Group Senior Clinical Director, Pat Sandler.
The exhibition will feature both the art and writing of the students, as well as Sandler’s portraits of the young people and their written response to those portraits. Beginning on Sept. 10 and running through Oct. 29, the show will be a culmination of The Help Group’s Village Glen Culver City School’s photography program developed and led by Sandler with Art Educator Dr. Kelly Kotowski.
“I believe that every child has a voice and it’s our job as educators to help them find it,” Sandler said. “That’s what drives me in this project.” Village Glen School is an environment created to support individuals with diverse talents, strengths and needs, many of whom are on the autism spectrum.
The opening reception will take place on Sept. 10, the fall opening night of Bergamot Station’s galleries, from 6-8 p.m., and is open to the public. Our special thanks to Pamela Schoenberg, the owner and director of dnj Gallery for her generosity and enthusiasm, and to Corey Grayhorse, Gallery Manager for her many efforts ~ through your support you are building greater awareness in our local community and giving our students an opportunity to shine.