STOW: Mayor Sara Drew unveiled artwork at Stow City Hall Tuesday from local artists who receive services from the Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board.
Drew purchased three canvas prints from three different artists who participate in the Dream Out Loud Studio Program.
“I think it was an opportunity for them to see how much people appreciate what they do and appreciate their talent, and see that this is not only in someone’s house hung up but in a public building,” Drew said.
According to the website www.summitdd.org, “The Dream Out Loud Studio was designed to be a creative outlet for artisans with disabilities to generate artwork with unconventional materials. “
The studio opened in November in Ellet.
“So many people have expressed an interest in expressing themselves through artwork,” said Billie Jo David, Summit County public and community relations director. “We are so happy that the mayor’s office is promoting that program.”
The three prints Drew purchased out of her own pocket -- “Red Monet” by Krystina Scuirry, “End of Shift” by Marlon Fears and “Mod Art” by Stephen Ring -- are now framed and hanging in the mayor’s conference room.
“It instantly brightened the room,” Drew said. “I love to go into that room now and spread out at the conference table, and do some work where I can be in there with the pictures. I think it really adds a lot to city hall, the conference room and the mayor’s office.”
Scuirry created her piece “Red Monet” while riding in the car. Her painting was a landscape of brightly colored trees. Scuirry said that she likes the color pink and enjoys using glitter water paints.
“I have artwork hanging up in my sister’s garage,” Scuirry said. “It looks like an art studio in there.”
Drew said Krystina Scuirry told her this is the first time that the latter had seen that picture framed and on a wall. Scuirry did not have the picture at her old house.
Scuirry’s parents were both present at their daughter’s artwork unveiling.
“I am thrilled for her,” said Linda Harris Scuirry’s mother. “She said she felt like she was on the red carpet. We are very proud of her.”
Krystina’s father, Dan Scuirry, was also proud of his daughter’s recognition.
“I think that it is really outstanding that the community recognizes people in the developmental disabilities program because they are citizens that need the attention of the public also,” Dan Scuirry said. “They try very hard to put their heart and soul into everything they do. It is nice that somebody recognizes that.”
Artist Stephen Ring came up for the inspiration for his piece “Mod Art” by using lightness and darkness.
Ring said he is always trying to improve his art by saving his original work and making changes on it from there.
“The way I think about my art is that there are always better people out there, and there is always someone better than you,” Ring said. “Knowing that there is someone whose art is better than yours, you can always strive to improve your own.”
Artist Marlon Fears was unable to attend the unveiling at Stow City Hall.
Artwork by artists with developmental disabilities is available for purchase through the Dream Out Load Program gift gallery locations in Ellet, Coventry and Cuyahoga Falls.
“I thought that the artwork was beautiful,” said Carrie Roberts, community employment services director for the Summit Country Developmental Disabilities Board. “I am so proud of them.”