Exhibit highlights artwork of disabled individuals

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PROVO -- A unique art exhibit opens Tuesday evening at Brigham Young University's Harris Fine Arts Center. The artists have never had the opportunity to express themselves quite like this before.

The artists are all participants in TURN Community Services, which provides programs for people with disabilities throughout the state -- from residential, to employment, to art. A Utah artist introduced mixed media projects through the program to more than 200 people as a way to express themselves.

D.J. Mecham cannot see his art work, but that does not limit his creative desire. He called it a "very good experience," and says he would like to do this sort of thing every day.

Utah artist Brandon Boulton created the exhibit. He volunteers for people with disabilities. They changed his life. "As I became aware of and part of this other world, I found that it really brought a lot of color, a vibrancy, an interest, something really special to my life," he said.

Getting to know the participants opened his eyes to their talents. Dozens contributed to this show.

"This may be a first time exhibit for these artists, but it likely will not be a last because they say the creative process has made them feel so good," Boulton said.

And these artists are inspired, they seem have much more to say on canvas than they do out loud.

Tuesday night the artists are sharing center stage with their works at the opening night reception. The exhibit will remain at BYU's Harris Fine Arts Center through July 14th.

E-mail: cmikita@ksl.com


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