Amici House hosted its first “Art Exhibition” on Friday, 16 December. The paintings were created by participants of the NDIS program and other community members with an interest in art. Hundreds of guests turned out for the exhibition to celebrate the clients’ artistic flair ahead of the Christmas holidays.
Art Class Teacher at Amici House; Ali Gillet, could not hide her happiness with the results, after only a short time in leading the art classes. “Art generates bravery and confidence in our students. It empowers them to make small decisions like what brush to use, how to correct colour, or how to see the colour or shapes needed,” Ali says.
Clinton Wade, an NDIS participant, had his artwork exposed at the event. For 2023, he says, the goal is to use a different painting style. “I’m just having fun and learning. I want to try different approaches, like charcoal on animal paintings,” he says.
Karen Petersen, also another participant artist, revealed that the classes are used as a time to relieve stress. “I have anxiety, and I feel calm and relaxed among friends during the art classes,” she says.
Co.As.It.’s CEO, Dina Ranieri, thanked Amici House staff and praised the importance of art classes held at Amici Community Hub.
“An exhibition like this highlights the work we do in the community, and allows us in bringing participants together to share the activity and form friendships. We know that art is an element that reduces stress and anxiety in many people, and all of those within this class gain much benefit and enjoy it.”
It was also a time to wish everyone the best wishes for the festive season as well as raffling of gifts and sharing of good food.