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.”
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.
(Logo and photo from Visionaries & Voices web site)