Latham School Student Art Graces Brewster Ladies’ Library this November

October 18, 2013

Latham School of Brewster invites the public to a student art show on display the month of November in the auditorium of the Brewster Ladies’ Library. The colorful show features work by more than 30 students created during Latham School’s Summer Program.  The exhibiting student artists attend school year-round at Latham’s residential campus specializing in the treatment of complex developmental, emotional and physical special needs, including Prader-Willi Syndrome.

The work represents hands-on art rendered as students gained an entry point into understanding works of the Masters—from the Italian Renaissance into major players of American modernism. Portraits, landscapes, collages, mixed media, and watercolors works are all represented in this experiential group portfolio created with inspiration from luminaries such as Matisse, Andrew Wyeth, Picasso, and others. According to Beth Conway,  Latham School clinician and Board Certified Registered Art Therapist, “Art-making is a powerful therapeutic tool on many levels. At Latham School, art provides our students a safe way to express feelings that are difficult to verbalize. The creative process allows for choices while fostering a sense of mastery, independence and of belonging. Ultimately, when a student shares their imagery with peers and staff, they give us a glimpse of their internal world.”

“The artistic process allows for a mindful activity which is concentrated on awareness of environment while maintaining individual independence,” states John Bonanni, Latham School classroom teacher/show organizer and artist/poet. “For anyone, regardless of abilities, artistic creation serves a primary outlet for emotions and a valuable means of self-expression. For this reason, the results from this past summer were both surprising and expressive. Students’ works were not only reminiscent of Modigliani, Picasso, and Matisse, but also powered with animated imaginative color, embodied in this one-of-a-kind exhibition. 

The Brewster Ladies’ Library is located at 1822 Main Street/Route 6A in Brewster. Hours of operation, including viewing access of the Latham Summer Art Show are: Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Sundays 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.  The library is closed November 11 (Veteran’s Day) and November 28 and 29 (for the Thanksgiving holiday.)  A student reception open to the public free of charge will be hosted by Latham on Friday, November 15 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the Library Auditorium.

Submitted by:
Gerry Desautels
VP of Development & Community Outreach

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” 
~Thomas Merton

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