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DAYTON — Town & Country Fine Art Center in Town & Country Shopping Center of Kettering will hold awards reception and celebration for Art & Soul, a unique, juried art exhibit featuring 40 works by artists with developmental disabilities (i.e. autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, etc.) who reside in the Miami Valley.

The reception will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. Friday, April 4 and is open to the public. Attendees can look forward to appetizers, drink and professionally framed, beautiful artwork by individuals who create from their souls. All entries will be for sale, with 100 percent of the net profits going directly to the artists themselves.

During the event, artists will be presented with awards of recognition, with first through tenth places, as well as four categories of special award, also receiving monetary prizes totaling $1,000. The exhibit itself actually begins on Tuesday, April 1 and the artwork will be on display through April 14.

In 2013, the exhibit’s award reception and celebration attracted approximately 250 people and over half of the artwork sold. Toward Independence and Partners for Community Living, two Dayton-area nonprofit agencies that assist men, women, and children with developmental disabilities in a variety of ways, are excited to be the coordinating entities for Art & Soul.

In its seventh year, the exhibit received nearly 240 entries from a 22-county region for consideration. Thanks to funding from the Butler County Board of DD, Greene County Board of DD, Hamilton County DD Services, Montgomery County Board of DD Services, Warren County Board of DD, and 3F Coaching, the entry fee was a minimal $5 per piece, and the artwork chosen for exhibit received free professional framing from Sketches Framing Shop of Beavercreek.

E-mail Jodi Hill, Development Officer for the Inner I Gallery, at jodi-hill@ti-inc.org visit www.ti-inc.org or call 937-376-3996 for more information about the event.

Art & Soul Exhibit 2014 is sponsored by the Butler County Board of DD, Greene County Board of DD, Hamilton County DD Services, Montgomery County Board of DD Services, Partners for Community Living, Toward Independence, Sketches Framing Shop of Beavercreek, Warren County Board of DD, and 3F Coaching.

Partners For Community Living (PCL) is a collaborative partnership between Choices In Community Living (CICL) and Resident Home Association (RHA). Toward Independence is a non-profit which has been providing residential services to people with intellectual disabilities for 39 years with a mission of assisting individuals with developmental disabilities to live the fullest life possible. Currently, TI cares for over 150 people in Greene, Montgomery, and Hamilton counties in many different group home and supported living settings. For more information on TI’s services, please visit www.ti-inc.org, email info@ti-inc.org, or call 937-376-3996.

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