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Art Program

Since 2000, program participants of Abilities United, both children and adults with developmental and physical disabilities, have created inspiring works of art. The mission of the art program at Abilities United is to provide artists of all abilities and backgrounds access to the Bay Area art community through exhibiting and selling their art. Abilities United artists receive one hundred percent of the profit made from artwork sales.

For more information contact (650) 494-0550 or submit a request for more information.

To schedule an exhibition or to purchase a piece, please email the Art Program Coordinator at artprogram@abilitiesunited.org.

Events and Exhibitions

Abilities United curates and coordinates a dozen of exhibitions per year in public spaces, corporations and art institutions, displaying the work of Abilities United artists.

April 11 to June 21: Animal Instinct, Abilities United, Palo Alto

Abilities United Art Gallery and Studio
3864 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94306

Ceramic dodo bird by Matthaus Intricate and colorful marker drawing by Jazthri Moon and sun painting by Daniel Arroyo

In the Animal Instinct exhibition, three Abilities United artists pay homage to the animal kingdom through a wide range of mediums, from painting and photography to ceramic and mixed media sculpture. As Michael Broadhurst explains, “nature calls me to build a sanctuary for the wild animals.” A very prolific artist, the East Palo Alto artist continuously creates what can be seen as “portraits” of animals and supernatural creatures. The sanctuary Michael would like to build reminds us of the fragility of the animal kingdom, and our mission to protect it.

Whereas Michael Broadhurst essentially works on paper and canvas, Palo Alto-based artist Jazthri produces delicate birds created with found objects and recycled materials, transforming the banal into delicate floating marionettes. Also based in Palo Alto, Matthaus uses clay, paper and aluminum foil to create playful miniscenes and whimsical sculptures representing all sorts of animals.

April 12 - July 14: Spring Fever, Clocktower Coffee, Mountain View

Clocktower Coffee
205 E. Middlefield Road, Mountain View, CA 94043

Jazthri_PinkFlower  Jazthri_BlueFlower  Jazthri_Hortensia1

Abilities United is pleased to present a selection of marker drawings created by Jazthri. Entitled Spring Fever, the exhibition celebrates the colors, patterns, and beautiful imagery of springtime with vivid patterns and intricate designs.

May 2 - May 31: Summertime, Cafe Zoe, Menlo Park

Cafe Zoe
1929 Menalto Avenue Menlo Park 94025

Sunflower, watercolor and ink, $75 Broadhurst_Grassland Fineberg_FlowerAndSun

Summertime at Cafe Zoe is inspired by the warmth, activities, and imagery intrinsic to summer. Artists like Chelsey Fineberg and Michael Broadhurst invite you to soak up the warm colors and relaxed imagery of a lazy summer day.

June 6 - Sept. 24: Wild, Children's Discovery Museum, San Jose

Children’s Discovery Museum
180 Woz Way, San Jose, CA 95110

Pygmy Hippo, watercolor and ink, $100ma_tigerplatypus_001

Abilities United is pleased to announce Wild, its third exhibition at the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose. The exhibition will feature works by Abilities United artists and will explore the many members of the animal kingdom. In conjunction with the exhibit, artists Philip Ma and Matthaus will lead a Meet the Artists workshop on June 11 from 10-4. Philip will teach participants to draw baby animals and Matthaus will demonstrate his skill in aluminum foil sculpture.

June 11, 11 am - 4 pm : Meet the Artist Workshop, Children's Discovery Museum, San Jose

Children’s Discovery Museum
180 Woz Way, San Jose, CA 95110

Pygmy Hippo, watercolor and ink, $100ma_tigerplatypus_001

In conjunction with the exhibition Wild!, Abilities United’s artists, Matthaus and Philip Ma, will teach participants animal themed art techniques. Philip will lead a workshop on drawing baby animals. Matthaus will demonstrate his skill in aluminum foil sculpture.