Our friend Andy kindly clued us in to a totally original online resource for art. The Creativity Explored store has a fantastic lineup of work done at an arts center in SF.
Creativity Expored is a non-profit visual arts center for artists with developmental disabilites. The over 100 artists who do their work at the center range in age from 20 through 80 and are from diverse backgrounds. The site explains the mission of the program well:
"At Creativity Explored, uncensored self-expression is both encouraged and celebrated. The result is art that is fresh, exciting, and innovative. Our common thread is the basic need to express self, and the tapestry we weave using art is a strong, durable community rich in color, form, and context."
The painting above is Watches (Brown) by James Montgomery. Some info on the artist's work: "The iconography of James� art centers on watches, numbers, sewer covers, and bridges. His graphically powerful works are often composed of line drawings of repeating watches, covering the picture plane in overlapping layers."
Family Farm (left) is by Abel Pineda, who has been making art at Creativity Explored since 1999. "Fine lines, localized color, and attention to detail characterize Abel�s work. His precise landscapes and cityscapes convey a sense of nostalgia and memory that makes his artwork very accessible."