By Joan Mead-Matsui - For Abington Journal

‘Disabilities Didn’t Get Us Down’ exhibit at Dietrich Theater features work of ArtWorks Tunkhannock

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A.J. Weidner, an artist from Centermoreland, is shown with two pieces of his art currently on display at the Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock.
Joan Mead-Matsui | For Abington Journal
Artist, Karen Frey, Tunkhannock, poses with her acrylic on canvas painting.
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Monica Wilde poses with her painting ‘Chair in Garden.’
Joan Mead-Matsui | For Abington Journal

TUNKHANNOCK — The exhibit, “Disabilities Didn’t Get Us Down” is a “celebration of art and working artists,” said Erica Rogler, Dietrich Theater director.

Rogler said the artists’ show is a collaborative effort of the Dietrich Theater and ArtWorks Tunkhannock, a program offered by Keystone Community Resources, a private organization that originated in Scranton and provides a variety of programs to individuals with special needs.

“Currently, our big push is to get folks working in the community,” said Kristie Baker, Keystone Community Resources program manager. “This is the artists’ first professional exhibition and our goal is to have as many exhibitions as possible in the future.”

“Cupcake” is the title of Karen Frey’s acrylic painting on canvas. Frey, a Tunkhannock resident, likes being an artist because art allows her to relax. While working on the painting, Frey said, “I felt really good because I work in a bakery I wanted to do a cupcake picture.”

“I love Kaitlin as my art teacher because when I first started, I didn’t like it, but I started enjoying myself and just being with Kaitlin (Bobrovcan, ArtWorks instructor for the award-winning art program),” she added.

Rogler said this won’t be the last exhibit from the program.

“We are thrilled to host the exhibit and we plan to do it again in 2016,” she said. “We’ve extended the (current) show from the end of November through the end of December.”

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‘Disabilities Didn’t Get Us Down’ is a ‘celebration of art and working artists’

By Joan Mead-Matsui

For Abington Journal

A.J. Weidner, an artist from Centermoreland, is shown with two pieces of his art currently on display at the Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_ABJ-Art-Reception-2.jpgA.J. Weidner, an artist from Centermoreland, is shown with two pieces of his art currently on display at the Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. Joan Mead-Matsui | For Abington Journal

Artist, Karen Frey, Tunkhannock, poses with her acrylic on canvas painting.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_ABJ-Art-Reception-3.jpgArtist, Karen Frey, Tunkhannock, poses with her acrylic on canvas painting. Joan Mead-Matsui | For Abington Journal

Monica Wilde poses with her painting ‘Chair in Garden.’
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_ABJ-Art-Reception-4.jpgMonica Wilde poses with her painting ‘Chair in Garden.’ Joan Mead-Matsui | For Abington Journal
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