Brittany Meyer and Jim Sherraden, 21, Mixed media, letterpress, 26” x 40”

Brittany Meyer and Jim Sherraden, 21, Mixed media, letterpress, 26” x 40”

Pujols Family Foundation Event

Bennett Galleries • September 5 to October 9

The Pujols Family Foundation, Bennett Galleries, and Nashville Arts Magazine unveil an exhibit featuring the collaborative art of 21 of Nashville’s best artists who each partnered with an individual with Down syndrome. Each pair created a work of art based on the theme 21, because Down syndrome occurs when a person is born with an extra chromosome—a twenty-first chromosome.

Todd Perry, Executive Director of the Pujols Family Foundation, came up with the idea and says, “People with Down syndrome have amazing creativity. I wanted to combine the skills of local fine artists with the energy and passion of this community. The outcome has exceeded my expectations.”

Adam Holland and Jorge Yances, Beatles Love, Mixed media, collage, 30” x 40”

Adam Holland and Jorge Yances, Beatles Love, Mixed media, collage, 30” x 40”

The illustrious roster of artists includes Mary Addison Hackett, John Guider, Anna Jaap, Michael Shane Neal, James Threalkill, Dawn Whitelaw, Jorge Yances, and more. In addition to the amazing art these 21 pairs created, the collaborative experience proved to be inspiring and moving for those involved. Paul Harmon admitted to being a bit apprehensive at first, but later wrote, “At first meeting, I learned that my collaboration partner was just as nervous about the project as I was. Relaxed to see that in each other, we both quickly settled into the business of making some art together. What a wonderful reminder of what the essence of art is. Two people making marks together. Ideas and forms and color. Two people talking as if at a table enjoying a fine meal together . . . and each adding to and altering the other one’s graphic conversation. Two human beings coming from vastly different places, being two artists together, and finding that place where we are both the same.”

Coordinated by Carolyn Naifeh, Regional Director of the Pujols Family Foundation, The 21 Collaborative Art Project is meant to raise awareness of Down syndrome, give individuals with Down syndrome an opportunity to demonstrate their talents and be mentored by a professional artist, and to raise funds to benefit people with Down syndrome in Middle Tennessee. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to projects such as job training, securing long-term residential options, and providing enrichment opportunities.

The 21 Collaborative Art Project opens with a reception on Friday, September 5, at Bennett Galleries. There will be a live auction conducted by Nashville Arts Magazine later in the month. For more information, please visit www.pujolsfamilyfoundation.org and www.bennettgalleriesnashville.com.

Clayton Huffman and Anna Jaap, Tiger in the Woods, Portrait of Clayton Huffman, Age 21, Acrylic, charcoal, graphite, and marker on canvas, 30” x 40”

Clayton Huffman and Anna Jaap, Tiger in the Woods, Portrait of Clayton Huffman, Age 21, Acrylic, charcoal, graphite, and marker on canvas, 30” x 40”

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