Student artists from the Donna Lexa Art Centers, based in Waukesha, will display their artwork in the Eagle Municipal Building adjacent to the Alice Baker Library in Eagle on Sat., February 8 from 1-2:30 p.m. Stop by the community room to enjoy refreshments while visiting with the artists and enjoying their creative talents.
Participants from the Donna Lexa Art Centers not only create exceptional art, but they do so despite, and sometimes because of, challenges they face. The artists who participate in programming at the Art Centers have various disabilities or special needs, but their artwork emphasizes what they can do.
"I love the feeling I get when I accomplish a work of art that I created--it's wonderful!" says Lorraine, a student artist with cerebral palsy. "It's exciting to show others what I do. When I give art away and sell art, it gives me a sense of pride."
The Donna Lexa Art Centers provide opportunities for people with a variety of special needs—including cognitive, physical and mental health challenges—to express themselves visually, to increase social connections, and to build self-esteem through the success and acceptance they receive there. For people dealing with mental health concerns, engagement in art can provide a way to express intense feelings that may be too difficult to verbalize. In addition, research shows that creative expression stimulates the brain to release dopamine, a chemical associated with mood and pleasure. The Donna Lexa Art Centers also offer students a chance to identify creative talent that can lead to a new sense of identity as an artist.
For more information about the Donna Lexa Art Centers, visit their website at www.DonnaLexa.org.