, Newburyport, MA

November 27, 2013

OpArt program thanks community

Newburyport Daily News

---- — To the editor:

OpArt is a partnership between the Newburyport Art Association and Opportunity Works that supports and encourages adults with a variety of disabilities to enrich their lives through the art making process.

It has been an exciting past year full of growth and opportunity, as we have continued to expand our program in several ways.

We have welcomed new artists into our program and also welcomed several new volunteers and instructors onto our team.

We have not only been able to continue to provide caring, quality art instruction and support to the artists in our program, but we have now been able to provide weekly classes at both the Newburyport and Haverhill locations of Opportunity Works, Inc.

As we expand the OpArt program, we continue to realize the ways in which our dedicated volunteers, instructors and community supporters make the program possible.

Our small team of volunteers consists of hard-working, enthusiastic and talented members of the community and the Newburyport Art Association. The OpArt program could not succeed without the incredible amounts of time, energy and devotion inside and outside of the classroom that these individuals generously bring to the program.

Not only do our volunteers show an outstanding amount of commitment to the OpArt artists, they do so with open hearts and steady hands.

On behalf of myself, my colleagues at the Newburyport Art Association and Opportunity Works, I would like to thank the incredible volunteers who make OpArt the amazing program that it is: Richard Johnson, Irene Johnson, Jenna Signore, Shelly Champion, Bella Echavez, Lee Borrowclough, Kate Racca.

OpArt is generously supported by the Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, The Institution for Savings, Matter Communications and by several donations at the individual and business level including Carry Out Cafe, Newburyport Framers and Connor Summers Gallery.

We would like to lastly thank the members of the Newburyport community who have supported the OpArt program by attending exhibitions, purchasing artwork and making OpArt a vital part of our artist community. We hope to see you this winter season for the Newburyport Art Association Holiday Show, Nov. 29 through Dec. 24.

Receptions are free and open to the public on Friday, Dec. 6, and Friday, Dec. 13, from 6-9 p.m.

We also invite you to join us for the Lowell’s Boat Shop Holiday Open House on Saturday, Dec. 7, and Sunday, Dec. 8. from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Sara Elizabeth Connor

Art educator, OpArt coordinator

Newburyport Art Association