Albertina Kerr's Art from the Heart is an art center and gallery for adults with developmental disabilities. We strive to foster each artist’s creative growth, build positive relationships within our community, and promote an awareness of the cultural contributions from people of all abilities.
Recently, artists from Art from the Heart were able to partake in a special community event at the Portland Japanese Garden. Renowned Japanese artist, Hiroshi Saito, was in Portland showing his Threads of Hope: Art as Social Practice exhibit at the Portland Japanese Garden’s summer Art in the Garden exhibition.
Art from the Heart artists joined community members for the Community Project: Fabric Dyeing with Hiroshi Saito. Participants were given a brief history of Japanese fabric dyeing before jumping in to the ancient ritual.
During the event, Saito led community members and Art from the Heart artists in dyeing a 20-meter-long sheet of fabric. Half of the fabric created will be sent to people in shelters in Tohoku as a gesture of support for the ongoing struggles of tsunami survivors in Northern Japan. The other half of the fabric will be donated to Art from the Heart for future art-making projects.
Albertina Kerr will be hosting an Art from the Heart Art Show on Thursday, August 23 from 5 to 8pm at Art from the Heart (3505 NE Broadway in Portland). The art show will feature work from more than 40 artists with developmental disabilities.
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