Ayers Memorial exhibit opens at Boone Mall

Article Published: Jul. 15, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Ayers Memorial exhibit opens at Boone Mall

"Brutus, My Best Friend" by Briar Hoover of Banner Elk

The 13th annual Brian Ayers Memorial Art Exhibition is now on display at the center court of Boone Mall.

This unique exhibition celebrates the unusual artistic ability of children with learning disabilities, dyslexia and autism, with 69 entries representing artists from eight states.

Twenty artists whose works show exceptional artistic ability received $50 awards. Ten local artists, including Watauga County artists Wade Cantor and Daniel Ray, received $25 awards for artwork showing special artistic merit. Exhibition sponsor Boone Mall provided funding for these 30 awards.

Many of the artists have chosen to offer their artwork for sale, for prices beginning as low as $5. The artists receive 100 percent of the purchase price.

"There is some excellent artwork for sale this year," said Meredith Golden, Boone Mall manager and curator of the exhibition, which will be on display in center court of Boone Mall until Sunday, Aug. 22.

The Brian Ayers Memorial Art Exhibition thanks the following for helping make this exhibition possible: Boone Mall, which serves as the exhibition's sponsor, providing the funding for the 30 awards and set-up costs, as well as the tireless contribution of Golden. Appalachian Gallery and Frame Shop donated the labor to matte the unmatted pictures.

Area art enthusiast and curator Jim MacMillan served as juror. Brian Lee created and maintains the exhibition's website, http://www.LDArt.org. Saul Chase assisted with outreach and created the nameplates and certificates. Barbara Williams coordinated the correspondence with the artists. Panera Bread in Boone Mall will cater the awards reception at no charge.

The public is invited to attend the reception in the center court of Boone Mall on the final day of the exhibition, Aug. 22, beginning at 2 p.m.

Golden summed up the importance of the world's largest exhibition of artwork by children with learning disabilities. "These are children well deserving of celebration," she said.

For more information, visit http://www.LDArt.org.

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