Coburn Gallery Art Exhibition to Feature Artists from Mansfield and Mount Vernon Studios

4/19/11 ASHLAND, OH -- The Coburn Gallery Art Exhibition at Ashland University that opens in May will feature artists from the Element of Art Studio in Mansfield and the Our Town Studios in Mount Vernon.

The exhibition, set for May 20 through June 19, will feature an opening reception on May 20 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This opening event will coincide with Opus II Dance Studio and Ashland Regional Ballet presenting the 29th Annual Spring Dance Concert.

The Element of Art Studio/Gallery in Mansfield is a non-profit art gallery that showcases the artistic talents of individuals with developmental disabilities affiliated with Richland Newhope Industries Inc. Because the space doubles as a studio, the public has the unique opportunity to interact with the artists as they create unique artwork  including but not limited to painting, photography, jewelry, and sculptures. There are more than 75 contracted artists through the gallery.

The artists receive a percentage of the sale price of every item they create after it has sold.  The remaining money generated after a sale is used to help cover materials cost, programming, and services for the artists. Element of Art Studio/Gallery holds extended hours during the First Friday event each month, and during other special events.

Creative Foundations, the founder of Our Town Studios in Mount Vernon, was founded in 2001 to provide support to individuals with developmental disabilities. Founder David Robins has worked with individuals with disabilities for his entire working career. After earning his bachelor of business administration in 1999, he completed his dream of starting an agency and began providing residential services to individuals in Franklin County and from there it expanded to Knox, Delaware, Union, Champaign and Licking counties.

In 2005, Creative Foundations opened its first Adult Day Service program in Knox County. Located in a small building, the company focused on community involvement and teaching life skills that individuals could use outside of the program and in their home.

In 2006, the company moved to its current location in downtown Mount Vernon to allow the individuals to be part of the community. Many years later, the vision is still embraced by those served.

In February 2009, Creative Foundations founded Our Town Studios, an art studio/gallery within the adult day service program. Our Town Studios gives individuals the choice to earn an income while creating art and selling it to the community. The company took the art concept and opened its second adult day service center located in downtown Delaware. Today, the company is very pleased with its growth and leadership in the community.

Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.