DALLAS TWP. — Misericordia University will host an evening of art, film and music to benefit Verve Vertu Art Studio on Friday, April 6.
The event will start with the film, “I’m An Artist,” at 6 p.m. in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall at Misericordia University in Dallas Township. The film is about students with learning disabilities at special needs schools who develop confidence, positive reinforcement and hope through their schools’ art programs.
The documentary provides a glimpse into the challenges children with learning disabilities face. The unwavering enthusiasm of one school’s art teacher shows that students with learning and emotional disabilities can achieve more growth than most people believe possible.
Following the film, there will be the opening reception for Verve Vertu Art Studio’s “Whimsy & Wonder” exhibit, which will be on display from April 6 through June 2 in the Friedman Art Gallery.
The exhibit features works by the students of Verve Vertu Art Studio, located at 24 Main St., in Dallas. Verve Vertu is a community art center of the Deutsch Institute, and provides recreational and leisurely activities to people with special needs, as well as art classes for members of the community. The studio enables the artists to tap into their creativity using a wide range of mediums, including watercolors, acrylics, fibers, batik, wool needle felting and inks. Gwen Harleman is the director of the Verve Vertu program.
Donations will be accepted at the door. Verve Vertu will use the proceeds from the event to purchase art and studio supplies, such as paint, brushes, ink, canvas and fabrics, along with a variety of other artist’s tools and media.
The Ranch Wagon, 2043 N. Memorial Highway, Shavertown, will sell $10 vouchers to customers. The voucher can be exchanged for $10 worth of food and beverages at the restaurant and can be used for admission into the “Whimsy & Wonder” event, according to Ranch Wagon owners Allen and Barbara Roberts, For each voucher sold, Ranch Wagon will donate $2 to the Verve Vertu project. Vouchers are available at the restaurant and at the Verve Vertu Art Studio.
Thirty-three Verve Vertu artists will have their works on display during the exhibition.
They are: Ann Marie Alfano, Larksville; Victoria Brown, Swoyersville; Patrick Cleary, Dallas; April Cross, Edwardsville; Monique Dennis, Exeter; Eric Dodson, Wilkes-Barre; Erin Dougherty, Dallas; Mary Jo Evans, Wyoming; Carol Fulkersin, Tunkhannock; Jeanie Hammerbacher, Wilkes-Barre; Michael Hungarter, Kingston; Eamon Klinges, Wilkes-Barre; Shaun Lambert, Pittston; Kim Martin, Wilkes-Barre; Richie Morgan, Dallas; Joe Pascoe, Tunkhannock; Charles Pelton, Tunkhannock; Sherry Pudim, Exeter; Desiree Reed, Wyoming; Kasey Riley, Plains Township; Christine Ruda, Hanover Township; Molly Schappert, Kingston; Josh Schlegel, Hanover Township; Nancy Search, Sweet Valley; Christine Snedeker, Wyoming; Billy Sukus, Dallas; Elizabeth Thomas, Forty Fort; Tracy Tribendis, Wilkes-Barre; Karen Trzcinski, Wilkes-Barre; Michael Turell, Sweet Valley; Selena Waters, Clarks Summit; Christopher Welgosh, Wapwallopen and Edward Zebrowski, Wilkes-Barre.
For information about the benefit, call Gwen Harleman at the Verve Vertu Art Studio at 570-675-1465.