Emily Locke –Artist and Photographer  Hi, I'm Emily Locke and I'm 27 yrs. old. I am a photographer and artist! I love to be creative in many ways! Paint or draw and photographing unusual things that people normally don't see in life. I also have a rare disability called Coffin Siris Syndrome there are about 200 worldwide to this day and age. I live in a family of 8 and I was adopted at age 2. I have loving parents that have done Foster Care for about 30 yrs. now and they have adopted a few. We grew up with allot of pets like a 1 cat. 2 Dog. 6 Chickens. 2 Snakes. 2 Turtles. 3 Hamsters. And many more pets. I look up to my grandparents and uncle and my cousin for their photography they have done. Someday I will be just like them and have my own business. One day I want to be the next Picasso!! Love his work!! I want my work to be well known all over the world. Me having a disability does NOT STOP ME of dreaming Big!! I have my work at MOSA (Museum Of Special Art) it's located in Bothell, WA at Country Village its open from 12-4 pm Wednesday -Saturday. I'm there working on some of the days so you'll see me there!!! So yeah, I have a dream and want to continue to follow it till my last day on earth!  God bless you all! Thank you so much!!! Emily Locke!!   

Emily Locke–Artist and Photographer

Hi, I'm Emily Locke and I'm 27 yrs. old. I am a photographer and artist! I love to be creative in many ways! Paint or draw and photographing unusual things that people normally don't see in life. I also have a rare disability called Coffin Siris Syndrome there are about 200 worldwide to this day and age. I live in a family of 8 and I was adopted at age 2. I have loving parents that have done Foster Care for about 30 yrs. now and they have adopted a few. We grew up with allot of pets like a 1 cat. 2 Dog. 6 Chickens. 2 Snakes. 2 Turtles. 3 Hamsters. And many more pets. I look up to my grandparents and uncle and my cousin for their photography they have done. Someday I will be just like them and have my own business. One day I want to be the next Picasso!! Love his work!! I want my work to be well known all over the world. Me having a disability does NOT STOP ME of dreaming Big!! I have my work at MOSA (Museum Of Special Art) it's located in Bothell, WA at Country Village its open from 12-4 pm Wednesday -Saturday. I'm there working on some of the days so you'll see me there!!! So yeah, I have a dream and want to continue to follow it till my last day on earth!  God bless you all! Thank you so much!!! Emily Locke!!

 

  Amberly Parker –Artist  Amberly was diagnosed with autism when she was three years old. Learning to speak was a considerable challenge for her. She often felt frustrated because communicating with others was so difficult. As you can imagine, not being able to express your feelings or ideas would be terribly discouraging. When she was six years old, Amberly began drawing. She drew lovely dancing ballerinas and delightful animals. Although she still struggled with verbal communication, drawing allowed her to communicate and share her interests with others. Over the years, she has worked to develop her own beautiful and unique style. Her current offerings are both colorful and charming. She shares them with the hope that they will brighten your day.

Amberly Parker–Artist

Amberly was diagnosed with autism when she was three years old. Learning to speak was a considerable challenge for her. She often felt frustrated because communicating with others was so difficult. As you can imagine, not being able to express your feelings or ideas would be terribly discouraging. When she was six years old, Amberly began drawing. She drew lovely dancing ballerinas and delightful animals. Although she still struggled with verbal communication, drawing allowed her to communicate and share her interests with others. Over the years, she has worked to develop her own beautiful and unique style. Her current offerings are both colorful and charming. She shares them with the hope that they will brighten your day.

    All Aboard  Artists   These necklaces were made by participants in the arts program at All Aboard in Everett ,WA. This program provides access to a variety of local art teachers and mentors. The All Aboard artists have their jewelry for sale at the  Schack art center  in Everett.      Our mission is to provide recreational, social, and      educational activities for adults with special needs   and help them develop an active, positive, and      inclusivelifestyle.       

 All Aboard Artists

These necklaces were made by participants in the arts program at All Aboard in Everett ,WA. This program provides access to a variety of local art teachers and mentors. The All Aboard artists have their jewelry for sale at the Schack art center in Everett.


   Our mission is to provide recreational, social, and   
  educational activities for adults with special needs
  and help them develop an active, positive, and   
  inclusivelifestyle.    

 

  Brittany Parker –Bead Artisan  Until she was about three years old, Brittany seemed to be developing along in the usual way. At this time, it became apparent she was seeing the world in her own unique way. We eventually took her to the University of Washington Autism Clinic, where she was diagnosed with autism, along with both of her two siblings. Brittany is quiet and gentle and kind to everyone. She enjoys watching movies, putting puzzles together, and reading classic stories. In addition, she thoroughly enjoys creating beautiful and useful things. Brittany is very organized, meticulous, and is especially good with her hands. Combining her various talents and interests has allowed her to become wonderfully skilled in many different arts and crafts, such as drawing and hand sewing. Brittany is currently employed at Barbara’s Bridal Boutique, where she sews tiny beads and lace on the lovely wedding dresses. She absolutely loves her job. Recently, she has also begun learning how to create beautiful bracelets using a technique called bead weaving, which is essentially sewing with beads. She picked it up very quickly and now wants to learn how to do other types of beading. It will be exciting to see what else she will learn to create.   

Brittany Parker–Bead Artisan

Until she was about three years old, Brittany seemed to be developing along in the usual way. At this time, it became apparent she was seeing the world in her own unique way. We eventually took her to the University of Washington Autism Clinic, where she was diagnosed with autism, along with both of her two siblings. Brittany is quiet and gentle and kind to everyone. She enjoys watching movies, putting puzzles together, and reading classic stories. In addition, she thoroughly enjoys creating beautiful and useful things. Brittany is very organized, meticulous, and is especially good with her hands. Combining her various talents and interests has allowed her to become wonderfully skilled in many different arts and crafts, such as drawing and hand sewing. Brittany is currently employed at Barbara’s Bridal Boutique, where she sews tiny beads and lace on the lovely wedding dresses. She absolutely loves her job. Recently, she has also begun learning how to create beautiful bracelets using a technique called bead weaving, which is essentially sewing with beads. She picked it up very quickly and now wants to learn how to do other types of beading. It will be exciting to see what else she will learn to create.

 

  Barbie Bohlender  Artist  Barbie Bohlender is a proud Seattle native and loves creating Art.  Barbie spends several hours everyday studying Shakespeare and writing her own poetry.  As an adult with Down syndrome, she has attended weekly adaptive art programs with a focus on visual arts, drama and choir for over a decade.  She attends museums and cultural events as often as possible.  "Art and culture is my love, passion and life".

Barbie Bohlender Artist

Barbie Bohlender is a proud Seattle native and loves creating Art.  Barbie spends several hours everyday studying Shakespeare and writing her own poetry.  As an adult with Down syndrome, she has attended weekly adaptive art programs with a focus on visual arts, drama and choir for over a decade.  She attends museums and cultural events as often as possible.  "Art and culture is my love, passion and life".

  David Bishop  Artist  David Bishop was born and raised in Nashua New Hampshire. He moved to Seattle, Washington after graduating from the Mount Hope School. David loves his job at the Grateful Bread bakery in Seattle. David enjoys learning new forms of artistic expression and can often be found drawing, painting, or making cards. David is also an avid cross country skier and member of the Seattle Skihawks ski team.  In 2013 David won a silver medal for cross-country skiing at the Special Olympic World Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.   

David Bishop Artist

David Bishop was born and raised in Nashua New Hampshire. He moved to Seattle, Washington after graduating from the Mount Hope School. David loves his job at the Grateful Bread bakery in Seattle. David enjoys learning new forms of artistic expression and can often be found drawing, painting, or making cards. David is also an avid cross country skier and member of the Seattle Skihawks ski team.  In 2013 David won a silver medal for cross-country skiing at the Special Olympic World Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

 

  Erin Kinney  Artist  Erin Kinney loves drawing and making pictures and has been making art since the 80’s. Erin has a dedicated studio practice and works on her drawings for several hours every day. Erin uses an array of materials to create her drawings; crayons, markers, and colored pencils. Her drawings are generally scenes of Americana, rich in detail, that reflect the experience the world through the perspective of a young girl. Her other drawings are an interpreted organization of the things in life that she treasures. Erin’s creative process is very private to her and her drawings are often not for sale. When Erin does show her work she only shows very select pieces.

Erin Kinney Artist

Erin Kinney loves drawing and making pictures and has been making art since the 80’s. Erin has a dedicated studio practice and works on her drawings for several hours every day. Erin uses an array of materials to create her drawings; crayons, markers, and colored pencils. Her drawings are generally scenes of Americana, rich in detail, that reflect the experience the world through the perspective of a young girl. Her other drawings are an interpreted organization of the things in life that she treasures. Erin’s creative process is very private to her and her drawings are often not for sale. When Erin does show her work she only shows very select pieces.

   James Frye   Artist  At the age of 3 1/2, James was diagnosed as a person on the Autism Spectrum.  Autism is a social/communication disorder that is characterized by impaired social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication.  James is also a Synesthetic, lending him the ability to hear colors. Upon graduating high school in Spokane Valley Washington, James quickly self identified as an artist, often spending hours researching artists and creating his works as a 21 year old, James is leaving his boldest thumbprint on the world at an impressively young age.

James Frye Artist

At the age of 3 1/2, James was diagnosed as a person on the Autism Spectrum.  Autism is a social/communication disorder that is characterized by impaired social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication.  James is also a Synesthetic, lending him the ability to hear colors. Upon graduating high school in Spokane Valley Washington, James quickly self identified as an artist, often spending hours researching artists and creating his works as a 21 year old, James is leaving his boldest thumbprint on the world at an impressively young age.

   L'arche Noah Sealth Activity Center    Members of the Mamook community center make and sell these hand crafted candles from recycled candles donated from local churches.

L'arche Noah Sealth Activity Center

Members of the Mamook community center make and sell these hand crafted candles from recycled candles donated from local churches.

  Robert Ross  Artist  Robert Ross, was a long time member of L’Arche Noah Sealth of Seattle and a lifelong, self-trained, creative artist. He produced hundreds of original arks, churches, dollhouses and architectural reproductions. Robert was also skilled painter, potter and ceramist.  Robert has a developmental disability and had lived almost his entire adult life independently. Being deaf, Robert communicated with limited sign language and syntax skills, primarily using sign language and simple written notes.  Robert navigated the world by expressing himself through his art. Robert passed away August 25, 2015. He is still very much present though the hundreds of works of art he left at L’Arche and around Seattle.  In 2013, five of his arks travelled around the world, visiting all 140 L’Arche communities before converging in France to celebrate L’Arche’s 50th anniversary.   

Robert Ross Artist

Robert Ross, was a long time member of L’Arche Noah Sealth of Seattle and a lifelong, self-trained, creative artist. He produced hundreds of original arks, churches, dollhouses and architectural reproductions. Robert was also skilled painter, potter and ceramist.  Robert has a developmental disability and had lived almost his entire adult life independently. Being deaf, Robert communicated with limited sign language and syntax skills, primarily using sign language and simple written notes.  Robert navigated the world by expressing himself through his art. Robert passed away August 25, 2015. He is still very much present though the hundreds of works of art he left at L’Arche and around Seattle.

In 2013, five of his arks travelled around the world, visiting all 140 L’Arche communities before converging in France to celebrate L’Arche’s 50th anniversary.

 

  Lily Carmony  Artist  Lily Carmony is a Seattle artist who loves everything about the Pacific Northwest.  She enjoys traveling around the area and keeping it all a memory with camera in hand wherever she goes.  Her photo cards are sold in several businesses in the area.  These funds are donated to support programs for adults with developmental disabilities.

Lily Carmony Artist

Lily Carmony is a Seattle artist who loves everything about the Pacific Northwest.  She enjoys traveling around the area and keeping it all a memory with camera in hand wherever she goes.  Her photo cards are sold in several businesses in the area.  These funds are donated to support programs for adults with developmental disabilities.

    Vibrant Palette studio artists    Vibrant Palette Studio is located in the Pratt Art Center in down town Seattle. The studio offers space for artists with disabilities to explore their artistic gifts and hone theirartistic voice.  

 Vibrant Palette studio artists

Vibrant Palette Studio is located in the Pratt Art Center in down town Seattle. The studio offers space for artists with disabilities to explore their artistic gifts and hone theirartistic voice. 

  FORREST NEANDER ARTIST   Forrest discovered his love of painting in the spring of 2011 as one of the first participants in Provail’s Art Is Not An Option art classes. He started with acrylics on canvas and has stayed with that medium to this day. After trying different modifications to help him hold a brush, he found he did best painting with his hands.     Forrest has received two Awards of Merit from the Washington State PTA Reflections Program, first for his painting entitled “Fireworks” in 2012, and again in 2013 for his painting entitled “Racing”.  His art has been exhibited at Provail, at several NW Special Artists shows in Edmonds, and at The Den coffee shop in Bothell.     Forrest is 17 years old and is a student at Shorewood High School in Shoreline. In addition to painting he enjoys riding his adapted trike, playing Challenger Division Little League baseball, going to the pool with his family, skiing in a sit-ski, taking fast boat rides, and going to summer camp. He lives with his family in Richmond Beach.

FORREST NEANDER ARTIST

Forrest discovered his love of painting in the spring of 2011 as one of the first participants in Provail’s Art Is Not An Option art classes. He started with acrylics on canvas and has stayed with that medium to this day. After trying different modifications to help him hold a brush, he found he did best painting with his hands.

 

Forrest has received two Awards of Merit from the Washington State PTA Reflections Program, first for his painting entitled “Fireworks” in 2012, and again in 2013 for his painting entitled “Racing”.  His art has been exhibited at Provail, at several NW Special Artists shows in Edmonds, and at The Den coffee shop in Bothell.

 

Forrest is 17 years old and is a student at Shorewood High School in Shoreline. In addition to painting he enjoys riding his adapted trike, playing Challenger Division Little League baseball, going to the pool with his family, skiing in a sit-ski, taking fast boat rides, and going to summer camp. He lives with his family in Richmond Beach.

     Cristina Cortez  Poet/ Inspirational Speaker  Dreams never end. Dreams build on each other and a greater dream is born, made up of smaller dreams, like a Chinese box: boxes are in boxes, dreams are in dreams. When a dream is done the experiences collected along the way are the fuel that will carry the dreamer forward as the next dream is taken on.  —-from my piece “Free to Dream”     BIO              I am a first generation Latin-American writer born to immigrant parents. I happen to have cerebral palsy, and I am bound to a wheelchair. I graduated from Hofstra University (2015) with a double-major in English Creative Writing & History with a minor in Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Summa Cum Laude and Highest Honors with Distinction. Currently, I am pursuing a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing & Poetics at University of Washington Bothell. I was a TEDx Everett, 2017. (LINK:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Us80ssRAFZ4

 

Cristina Cortez Poet/ Inspirational Speaker

Dreams never end. Dreams build on each other and a greater dream is born, made up of smaller dreams, like a Chinese box: boxes are in boxes, dreams are in dreams. When a dream is done the experiences collected along the way are the fuel that will carry the dreamer forward as the next dream is taken on.

—-from my piece “Free to Dream”

 

BIO

            I am a first generation Latin-American writer born to immigrant parents. I happen to have cerebral palsy, and I am bound to a wheelchair. I graduated from Hofstra University (2015) with a double-major in English Creative Writing & History with a minor in Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Summa Cum Laude and Highest Honors with Distinction. Currently, I am pursuing a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing & Poetics at University of Washington Bothell. I was a TEDx Everett, 2017. (LINK:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Us80ssRAFZ4