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{April 18, 2007}   “Meet the Artists” at Elgin – April 20


Alan Weiss, Operations Manager of Elgin Office Equipment located at 810 Main Street downtown, has announced that the company’s Elgin Retro Furniture Store, located on the corner of 8th & Main (800 Main Street) will display artwork provided by Visionaries & Voices, a non-profit organization created specifically for artists with disabilities.

“We’re excited to be teaming up with this organization we believe strongly in,” states Weiss. “We’re proud to be exposing more of this amazing art to the community.”

The art exhibit will be held April 2 through May 31 with a “Meet the Artists” program Friday, April 20 from noon to 3:00 p.m.


Visionaries & Voices studio/gallery is located at 2515 Essex Place, #172 in Walnut Hills. Founded in 1999 by two social workers in the Greater Cincinnati area who came across artists with developmental disabilities producing incredible works of art, the social workers found venues to showcase these works of art in local galleries, coffee shops and other locations. The first major exhibit occurred in 2001 at Base Gallery in downtown Cincinnati. After this success, the idea of a studio began to gain momentum. After a lot of fundraising and more exhibits, Visionaries & Voices was incorporated as a non-profit in 2003.

The studio opened its doors in August 2003 supporting 12 artists. Today the organization supports over 300 local and regional artists with disabilities to make, market and celebrate their works. Visionaries & Voices also sponsors a yearly “outsider art fair” in downtown Cincinnati called “Visionnati,” inviting artists from across America to come and sell their works and to celebrate the idea that art is one of the best ways to join
forces for social and cultural change.

To visit Visionaries & Voices web site, click here.

For more information on Elgin’s Retro Furniture Store, click here.

Larry Gross

(Logo and photo from Visionaries & Voices web site)


Erin says:

I’ve already been over to Elgin’s Retro store to look at the art work. It’s amazing work. I’m going to try and get over there Friday afternoon.

Theresa says:

I hope many, many people show up at Elgin this coming Friday. The art these people produce is wonderful.

Brenda says:

How come they can’t have this on Saturday? Some of us have to work.

Biscuit says:

I’ve seen their work at the Essex Art Walk- it is very cool. Definatley worth checking out.

I understand that LOL Girl will be making an appearance there. (That’s how you pack a hall)

Matt says:

Speaking of LOL Girl, when is her next post? She hasn’t written anything for a while.

Kelly says:

I also have checked out their artwork at the Essex Art Walk. Really interesting pieces. If you can make it down to Elgin on Friday, it’s well worth it.

Ted says:

Hey, go in to look at the furniture too. Elgin Retro is way too cool.

Marilyn says:

Very cool. Good for the social workers who came up with this extraordinary organization.

Donna says:

Really cool furniture over there but who can afford it? It’s just eye candy.

hard as nails says:

what’s an elgin?

Geri says:

This is a great cause. I’m so happy that Elgin is doing this.

Sharon says:

Elgin Retro is my favorite store downtown, kind of a well kept secret. I plan on being there on Friday – the artists sound interesting.

Tim says:

“what’s an elgin?”

The retro store is kind of new but Elgin isn’t. It’s been downtown for decades. The store is sort of a disorganized mess, but that’s part of the attraction and you do find some really good deals there.

Karen says:


Barbara says:

Except for that horrible post yesterday afternoon, you people have had some good ones over the past few days. I enjoyed this one very much and I’m going to try and get over to Elgin Friday afternoon.

Clara says:

There are some instereting points on this article however I don’t know if I see all of them heart to heart. There is some validity however I’ll take hold an opinion till I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we wish more! Added to FeedBurner as well.

Karen @ the hood says:

Good for Elgin for doing this!! I have to work. Wish I could be there.

John says:

This sounds like a wonderful event that needs to be scheduled for a weekend. Those of us with Monday through Friday jobs can’t get off.

jackula says:

cool beans. if i wasn’t working, i’d come on over.

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