Exhibit celebrates artists with developmental disabilities

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Jason Huntley uses many colors when working his art especially when he wants his drawings to attract extra attention.

"Sometimes I use coloring pencils sometimes I use painting," said Huntley.

At the Mosaic: A LIFESPAN Studio in Charlotte both the art and the artist are being recognized.

Doctors say these adults have developmental disabilities. Art teachers say they have extraordinary abilities.

"They really love to do artwork so it's the driving force as to why they are here," said Rachel Ohls the Art Assistant for Mosaic Lifespan.

And the artists are using their skills to draw attention to helping others.

The artwork will be auctioned at an upcoming exhibit. Proceeds will go Anna's Angels foundation.The nonprofit supports Down syndrome research at Duke Children's Hospital.

"A lot of kids with down syndrome also have other issues," said volunteer with Anna's Angels Susan Crawford.

"They also get leukemia a lot so there are a lot of other issues research can help with."

Through his sign language interpreter artist Donnell Knight says he's also excited to make a difference and bring awareness to the many talented artists with special needs.

Conscious Art will be held on November 9 from 6:30-10:30 pm at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art at Levine Center for the Arts, located at 420 South Tryon Street in Charlotte.

The evening will include a gourmet dinner, entertainment, silent and live auction, raffle

For more information on Conscious Art or event sponsorship opportunities, donating to the auction or submitting an art piece, please contact Anna's Angels at info@annas-angels.org

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