Art Show Benefits Adults with Developmental Disabilities

This is a post-event write-up for a recent free event at Countryside Association for People with Disabilities (located in Palatine, IL). Art created by adults with disabilities was auctioned off, with the proceeds going back to each artist and counting towards future art shows.

Palatine, IL, August 12, 2010 --( On Friday, August 6th, hundreds of people gathered outdoors on the property of Countryside Association for People with Disabilities is to celebrate the fine art created by individuals who attend Countryside Center, a work and training facility attended each day by roughly 180 adults with developmental disabilities. The mission of Countryside Association, a staple in the Palatine, Illinois community since 1954, is to advocate on behalf of persons with disabilities and their families and to support them in their efforts to live and work successfully in their chosen community.

For the past several months, Program Specialists Shauta Harris and Shawn Briggs spent many weeks and hours—time from their already busy schedules—to produce a wonderful art show that featured artwork from 68 individuals.

Pieces in this 5th annual show ranged from photography to ceramic pottery to painting, with many numerous techniques employed, such as splash art, watercolors, pastels, and textured acrylics. “This is one of a few events that the clients as a whole look forward to all year,” says Shauta Harris. “Everyone always wants to paint…even before they understand that it brings them (income).” Proceeds from the 63 pieces sold totaled $3,160, 70% of which will be paid out to the artists with 30% held back to fund future art shows. Additionally, several of the paintings and photographs were turned into note card stationary available for purchase ($8/ea.). If interested, please contact the Development Department at (847) 540-3706 or

Having rained the past few years, it was nice to hold the event outdoors this year. And the event would not have been possible without the support of supporting organization Friends of Countryside, Clay Monet Studio, Hobby Lobby, U.S. Cellular, Gordon Food Service, and Joe Caputo & Son’s. Intake & Programming Coordinator Nichole Visconti said of the event, “I was just so pleased with the turnout. All the stars aligned—the weather, client and family participation, and the fact that we could have it outside this year contributed to the success.”

To learn more about Countryside Association or come in for a tour, please contact (847) 540-3706. You can also visit us online at or on our Facebook page.

Countryside Association for People with Disabilities
Amy Barker
(847) 540-3706