TOPS Exhibit Returns to Concord’s aRt Cottage
The Transition Options Program (TOPS) will be returning for its second-ever art exhibit at aRt Cottage in Concord. TOPS is a program that addresses the unique needs of post-high school adults with Aspergers Syndrome, High Functioning Autism, and related disorders. These students are transitioning to higher education, independent living and/or employment.
It all began when participants in this program walked by the aRt Cottage. At that time, Eric Johnson, their instructor brought his students in for a tour to see the art in the gallery, explore the garden, and enjoy some of the flowers and sculptures. Several of the students commented on some of the pieces on the wall. Eric Johnson then proceeded to ask his students if they would like to exhibit their work which they did in October of 2016 with much success.
The TOPS program is uniquely designed to address the individual needs of participants as they select their class schedule based on the following four core areas of instruction: Social/Relationship Skills; Career Exploration and Preparation/College Success; Independent Living Skills; Community Access and Resources.
aRt Cottage clearly had a positive impact on these students as they are excited to return and show their work have a fun party, and a reception, and invite friends and family for a social time here.
We hope many of you will come to the reception for our TOPS show through January. aRt Cottage is located at 2238 Mt. Diablo St. in Concord.
Exhibit at Boundary Oaks Golf Course
Suzy Elsworth-Heithcock is in a new two-man show at the Boundary Oaks Golf Course in Walnut Creek with fellow artist Linda Huffman. The show runs through January 14th, from 9am to 5pm. There will be about 30 paintings on exhibit, with many very detailed local nature scenes as well as other subjects ranging from Italian door knockers to Hawaiian Banyan trees.
“Small Wall” is back at Main Street Arts
Main Street Arts announces for the month of January will be going “small”. Yes, the “Small Wall” is back, full of small masterpieces for your home or office. Main Street Arts has 11 member artists that create silver jewelry, ceramics, clay sculpture, metal sculpture, glassware, paintings, and photography. Open Wednesday to Saturday from 12 noon to 4pm and Sunday 10am to 2 pm at 613 Main Street in Martinez. mainstreetarts.net