CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Through an ongoing partnership between Union Street Gallery in Chicago Heights and SouthSTAR Services, more than 20 artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities are displaying their artistic creations in the exhibit, Express Yourself. The show runs through May 10 and features a mix of paintings, photographs, vases and mixed media pieces — each of which express the unique perspective of those individuals who participate in SouthSTAR Services’ Life Skills arts programming in their Chicago Heights facility.
SouthSTAR Services provides a full array of life-changing programs and services to more than 500 children and adults throughout the Chicago area and Northwest Indiana. SouthSTAR’s artists are delighted to see their work up on Union Street Gallery’s walls.
"This exhibit offers a great opportunity for the community to see the limitless potential of these artists' talents rather than the perceived limits of their disabilities," said Dan Strick, president and CEO of SouthSTAR Services.
“This exhibit is the first of its kind for Union Street Gallery," said Jessica Segal, gallery director. "We are thrilled to partner with SouthSTAR and highlight the amazing work of the individuals participating in their programming. The work is really quite intuitive and reminiscent of outsider art, and I think the public will be inspired by what they see. “
The exhibit is open during regular gallery hours, but SouthSTAR will be hosting a showing from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the gallery, 1527 Otto Blvd. in Chicago Heights. Visit www.southstarservices.org for more information.