The City of Lafayette Public Art Committee invites the public to attend a welcome reception for a very special art exhibit, ”Speaking Through Art – A Special Perspective,” featuring artists from Las Trampas, an agency which serves individuals with developmental disabilities. The reception will be held at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, Library Gallery, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 28, 2016.
Information on the Exhibit
The exhibit will run from March 14 to May 1, 2016. The library gallery is open every Monday evening from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and during the many public events in the Community Hall.
“Speaking Through Art – A Special Perspective” represents the works of individuals with developmental disabilities who attend Las Trampas. Located on three acres in the heart of Lafayette, Las Trampas has served those with moderate to profound physical and intellectual challenges since 1958. Today, some of these folks live independently and thrive interactively with the broader community. Others with more profound challenges…cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, autism…come Monday-Friday to the main campus to participate in activities that enable them to reach their highest capabilities and encourage exploring new experiences. Many have limited verbal skills, so expression through art becomes a common language. Their work is often abstract compositions that feature bright colors and unique patterns that highlight their strong sensory sensibilities.
Information on the Artist
11 artists are featured in the exhibit. Nine of those whose work is abstract range in age from their 20’s to 60’s. Three pieces are by the late Nelson Tygart, who in his lifetime worked in a variety of mediums, from crayon and felt pen drawings to sculpture and tapestries. His work has been displayed in public, private and corporate collections. Joining the Las Trampas artists is Diana Boegel, an artist in her own right but also the sister of a Las Trampas participant. Her portrait exhibit includes nine pencil sketches of Las Trampas members, some of whom are seen in their Cinco de Mayo regalia. Every holiday is celebrated with great fanfare at Las Trampas!
Juliet Hansen, Lafayette Public Art Committee
JHansen@ci.lafayette.ca.us or 925-299-3216