This is why I love the San Francisco Bay Area ~ Creativity Explored and its 16th Street gallery in the heart of the Mission District. Creativity Explored is a nonprofit multimedia visual arts center for people with developmental disabilities ~~ it's really a place where art changes lives. The center celebrates its 21st anniversary this year and this weekend they are holding their popular holiday sale, starting on Friday night. Much of the artwork by its 110 artists will be at reduced prices, with lots priced at less than $100. Half the sale price goes directly to the artist, the rest to the organization. You can read more about the weekend sale and some of the artists who will be there, here.
The only real creative gene I have is my love for alliteration and, well, arguing ~ I can't even draw a straight line with a ruler. But years ago I spent two semesters as a volunteer working with kids with Cerebral Palsy ~~ I was lucky enough to see and feel what it's like to share in the creation of art with some amazing, amazing human beings. Like some of the artists at Creativity Explored, some of the kids I worked with did not speak ~~ but through art, and laughter, and hide-and-go-seek, and playing in the sand box, they spoke volumes to me about life, and how to cherish it ~~ hell, how to enjoy it. I'm glad I saw this newspaper article today, and glad it reminded me of the kids who changed my life so much, so many years ago. If you are in the Bay Area, go to the weekend sale at Creativity Explored! You can also shop at their online store, here. I bet you'll find much better, cooler, more unique Christmas gifts here than at the Mall! ~ :)