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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.

Through March 22, 2017: Philip Ma: Cityscape, Abilities United Art Gallery

Philip Ma: Cityscape
Abilities United Art Gallery
3864 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94306


Abilities United is pleased to present Cityscape, Philip Ma’s first solo exhibition at the Abilities United Art Gallery located at 3864 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto. Cityscape puts together a selection of intricate and highly detailed paintings and drawings created by Philip Ma since 2004 and inspired by his numerous travels across the globe. The beauty of cities such as Venice, Rome, Madrid and San Francisco infuses the work, inviting the viewer to embark on an exquisite visual journey.

Through April 10, 2017: Judy Wachner: In the Garden, Clocktower Coffee, Mountain View

Judy Wachner: In the Garden
Clocktower Coffee
205 E. Middlefield Road, Mountain View, CA 94043


Abilities United is pleased to present a selection of paintings and pastel drawings created by Judy Wachner. Entitled In the Garden, the exhibition invites the viewer to take a stroll in a beautiful imaginary garden filled with luminous colors, mysterious trees, and golden flowers.

February 2 - March 31, 2017: Ian Douglas: People Watching, Philz Coffee, Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Ian Douglas: People Watching
Philz Coffee
3191 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94306


Based in New Mexico, twenty-year-old artist Ian Douglas uses a variety of mediums such as graphite, watercolor, pastels and ink to express himself, experimenting with a wide range of styles and subjects. His latest body of work is inspired by a curiosity in the people around him, fascinated by their appearance and possible lives. In response, he developed a series of portraits entitled People Watching, where he invents playful mini-stories about his anonymous models.

When asked to share a few words about his work, Ian says, “I love story telling. My art, if I do it well, provides the ability to be a storyteller without words. I am thankful for my ability to excel at it, in spite of my physical deficits. My goal is to draw what I love well, and be able to make a living doing that.”

May 6 and 7, 2017: Silicon Valley Open Studios

Silicon Valley Open Studios
May 6 and 7, 11 am to 5 pm

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

Please join us once again for the annual Silicon Valley Open Studios. This year’s exhibition will be at our new on-site gallery located at 3864 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto. Stunning and affordable artworks created by Abilities United artists will be on view along with creations by mixed media artist Rachel Tirosh and jewelry designer Meredith A. Kunz.