Courtesy of the Record Herald; Printed 7.29.12

MIAMI COUNTY – Ten works of art created by adults with developmental disabilities will be the featured “artists of the month” at The Art Vault Gallery.

The work comes from attendees of weekday programming at Riverside’s Troy-Sidney Road facility. The group spends part of their time enjoying art endeavors at Riverside’s Art from the Heart Studio where area artist Karen Purke shares her talents by giving painting and art classes.
“The work created by the individuals attending our program is their work, and Karen is creative in designing projects that bring out our artist’s innate talents,” said Andria Kleiner, manager of Adult Developmental Services for Riverside.
The items featured in the exhibit are:
• Oil painting entitled “Cabin at Sunrise” by Chad Parker of West Milton.
• Two acrylic paintings entitled “The Old White Barn” and “Water Lilies,” also by Chad Parker of West Milton.
• Acrylic painting entitled “Abstract of Barn” by Tammy Connor of West Milton.
• Four “paper and canvas” mosaics of brilliant colors created by Barry Dillon, Fairy Ervin, Larry Lane and Pat Honel, all from Troy. These works are entitled “Stained Glass” and are very lively and colorful.
• A three-dimensional work with acrylic paint created as a group project inspired by photos of the United States flag and the “Betsy Ross Flag” of 1776. The following artists contributed to this work – Greg Golowin and Susan Link of Piqua; Paul Coon, Pat Honel, Karen Kindell, Gary McBride, Diane Harris, Becky Suerdick and Larry Lane of Troy; Jeff O’Brien of Tipp City.
These art pieces will be available for sale. The exhibit opened on July 14 and will run for one month.
The Art Vault Gallery is located at 2 E. Main St., Troy.
The mission of the Miami County Board of Developmental Disabilities, known as Riverside of Miami County to most citizens, is to empower children and adults with developmental disabilities to live, work and play as full members of society.