Art For A Cause: Valley View Winery Hosts the Sixth Annual Furnarture Fundraiser for Living Opportunities.
Living Opportunities has been serving the Rogue Valley since 1974, providing workplace advocacy, residential assistance and family consulting for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. One of their core programs, The Studio, encourages participants to express themselves creatively through artistic mediums––which can also act as a vehicle for essential communication.
“We see people who are non-verbal progress to a point where they’re able to express themselves through their creativity on canvas,” says Director of Development Robert Bauer.
“It gives them self-worth, well-being by doing it, and you just see these people completely change when you hand them a paint brush and paints, and give them a canvas.”
The studio, located in downtown Medford across from the Craterian Theater, offers workshops, instruction and events to promote artistic expression and independence for artists with disabilities, and can also serve as a means of income for artists; According to Bauer, several artists in the studio sell their artwork for hundreds of dollars and some have had artwork featured in the Smithsonian Institute.
On Sunday, Sept. 20, 3 – 5 pm, Valley View Winery in Jacksonville will host the 6th annual furnarture auction and fundraiser to support the studio. The even will showcase work from participants in the studio program as well as other local artists, and also offer up for auction artistically modified furniture.
“We’ve kind of got a neat twist on it that we also take furniture––unique, old pieces of furniture––and the artists paint them, and make them unique as pieces of art,” says Bauer. “We have hundreds of people come every year to support the studio and support Living Opportunities.”