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Sophie’s Kensington Gallery Presents ‘Wings and Snow’

San Diego CA— St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center (SMSC) will present Wings & Snow, a nautical-inspired show of self-expression through color, texture, and design along with stand-up-cutouts of David Walton, at Sophie’s Kensington Gallery (4168 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116). The show will run from November 1 – December 31, 2019, with a public reception on December 7 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Wings & Snow includes a whimsical collection of mosaic and hand-painted buoys, playful stuffed fish, and Dulce Moreno’s ceramic mermaids. Buoys range from the traditional stripes of lobster floats to fanciful waterscapes. Playful fabric fish and guppies were fashioned from material to make stuffed animals in sewing workshops. Many buoys are accompanied with artists’ statements about their thoughts and experiences with water and the sea.

David Walton draws with a quick hand, paying attention to details as he dreams of making money by selling his artwork. He recently received an Arts and Accessibility grant from the California Arts Council and the National Arts and Disability Center. The funds supplied special markers with painting tips, rolls of paper, and foam core to create stand-up-cutouts of Walton’s life-size Medieval and Renaissance Kings and Queens in full regalia.

St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center serves more than 400 adults with developmental disabilities through nationally recognized, innovative programs. Its mission is to educate and empower individuals with developmental disabilities to realize their full potential. Developmental disabilities include autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and other cognitive disorders for which there are no cures.

Sophie’s Gallery, the off-campus art program of St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, features artwork of many talented individuals with developmental disabilities. Inside the gallery is a collection of artworks including jewelry, paintings, fused glass, mosaics, textiles, cards, and etc. The gallery, which is also a gift shop, allows SMSC students to showcase their work, earn a paycheck from sales of their artwork, while also raising funds for the art programs.

This activity was supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Disability Center at the University of California Los Angeles. Any findings, opinions, or conclusions contain herein are not necessarily those of the California Arts Council or the National Disability Center