ECFTA exhibition celebrates artists with ‘(dis)talents’

ELORA –  Artists with disabilities are celebrated in a brand new exhibition on the Elora Centre for the Arts (ECFTA). 

The exhibition, entitled Soar – Celebrating our Skill to Fly, Sing and Soar, is on now till April 2.

“In artwork, as in life, after we are celebrated for who we’re, we are able to discover braveness to precise ourselves creatively and join with the world round us,” stated ECFTA programming and humanities administrator Judy Anderson.  

The artists are from ECFTA’s supportive arts program, “for adults with (dis)talents,” states a press launch.

“The exhibition is an uplifting expression of particular person and collective work, celebrating the human want to fly, to sing, to talk, to nest, emigrate, to stay free and to soar,” the discharge states.

It options over 170  “inventive types of avian creatures, created to acknowledge their distinctive traits and abilities that make them highly effective.” 

Anderson stated “the exhibition challenges us to see issues from a special perspective, a fowl’s-eye view.”

Paper mache birds cling from the ceiling, a flock of three dimensional birds are on one wall, and round items depicting birds fly on vibrant horizons, all created by about 65 artists. 

Simon Greaves, one of many artists, stated he “painted a parrot purple, blue and yellow” and Canada Geese flying in entrance of a “fiery” British Columbia sundown. 

For his paper mache fowl he selected footage from magazines of individuals using horses. The fowl is a bald eagle – his favorite fowl, he famous.   

Greaves stated he enjoys spending time with associates at ECFTA. 

He paints on daily basis and feels “a lot better” when he’s creating artwork, he added.  

Greaves’ artwork is out there on the market at ECFTA and contains work of buildings in Elora equivalent to Magic Pebble bookstore, the Elora Mill, the Mermaid, and the Elora Café. 

Greaves additionally paints scenes from gala’s, like amusement rides, pig races and John Deere tractors and mix harvesters. 

His two most up-to-date work are of an elephant and a cow. 

Greaves was excited that his mothers Pleasure and Lorraine got here to see his artwork within the exhibition, noting, “my household favored every thing.”  

Artist Simon Greaves poses with a flock of three dimensional birds which are a part of the Elora Centre for the Arts’ Soar exhibition.


Anderson stated the spotlight of the method for her is “connecting to those people and attending to know them personally,” including that she has “developed some fairly sturdy relationships” throughout her 5 years with ECFTA. 

“This exhibition is a end result of relationships we construct and onerous work we’ve been doing during the last years,” Anderson stated. 

In 2020, ECFTA acquired an Ontario Trillium Basis (OTF) Develop Grant, permitting it to broaden its programming for adults with disabilities.

“The funding from the OTF grant offers us such freedom and adaptability to develop this system” Anderson stated. 

“There’s not numerous help on the market for this neighborhood,” she famous, and “getting to precise themselves with artwork is essential,” particularly to these members who face boundaries speaking with phrases. 

The programming can be useful as a result of it offers members an opportunity to be a part of the bigger neighborhood and to get along with their associates, Anderson stated.

“Generally the artwork will not be a very powerful factor,” she famous.  

Artists with disabilities are celebrated in a brand new exhibition on the Elora Centre for the Arts. The exhibition, entitled Soar – Celebrating our Skill to Fly, Sing and Soar, is on now till April 2.


The supportive arts program affords weekly courses to members all through the area and has grown during the last three years from one class per week to 4. 

Anderson stated officers are reaching out to individuals and companies locally for help in sustaining this system and conserving it rising. 

By spring, the supportive arts program could have supplied 321 courses to three,248 members. 

On March 13, a gaggle of artists in ECFTA’s supportive arts program created a soundscape throughout the exhibition, utilizing musical devices and dance. 

Arts educator Stephanie Traces-Toohill led the category in “portray with sound,” by making music and motion that mimics birds, rain, thunder and extra, to create a “complete lifecycle in a single soundscape portray.”  

An artist reception for the Soar exhibition shall be held within the gallery on March 25 from 1 to 4pm. Everyone seems to be welcome to attend, freed from cost. Refreshments shall be served. 

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