Artists from Family Residences and Essential Enterprises showed off their work and skills Wednesday at a reception at Town Hall.
Supervisor Chad Lupinacci, who had coordinated with the FREE organization while a state assemblyman, welcomed the exhibit of paintings, called Revelations, the special-needs artists and others who accompanied them at the reception. FREE said the artwork acts as a “spiritual mirror” for artists.
“This art will help inspire the people who walk through the halls of Town Hall,” Lupinacci said. He said two of the 18 paintings had already been sold.
The artwork will be on display until Jan. 8 at Town Hall.
Lupinacci handed out awards to the artists who participated in the reception. Council members Mark Cuthbertson and Joan Cergol attended, as did Marc Courtade, executive director of the Huntington Arts Council, Michael Schantz, executive director of the Heckscher Museum of Art, Anita Dowd-Neufeld, chief administrative officer of FREE, and Ed Regensburg, director of art therapy at FREE.
“An inclusive exhibit like this shows what our artists can achieve,” said Joe Jankowski, FREE’s senior director of government and public relations.
FREE, based in Old Westbury, works with people with intellectual/developmental disabilities, mental illness and traumatic brain injuries.