I don’t recall whether I first toured the Neighborhood Center of the Arts as a reporter or with a good friend whose sister attends the program, but I will never forget the impact that visit had on me more than 10 years ago. The faces of the students were priceless. Whether concentrating on the creation of a piece of art, or showing off a completed work, the positive difference the program made in the lives of these students was clearly visible. And the artwork can hold its own in any gallery show.
Friday, the Neighborhood Center of the Arts will open its doors to the public beginning at 10 a.m. for its annual Spring Fling/Home and Garden Show. There will be a talent show and barbecue at noon and music until 2 p.m. The plant and art sale will continue until 7 p.m.
It’s a great chance to see the program for yourself — to see the joy on the faces of its students, to pick up new works of art, plants for the garden or just to help support a great cause in our community. The Neighborhood Center of the Arts is a nonprofit organization that serves as a day program for adults with developmental disabilities. For many of the students who attend, it provides a purpose in life and an opportunity for caregivers to get a break.
Friday’s sale will include a variety of decorative plants and veggie starts, which have been donated by local stores and nurseries. The art studio and gallery are filled with ceramics, fiber arts, paintings, drawings, woodworking, jewelry and more, according to the Neighborhood Center of the Arts.
For more information, call 272-7287 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday or go to http://www.neighborhoodcenterofthearts.org. The center is located at 200 Litton Drive, Ste. 212, in Grass Valley.
Features Editor Brett Bentley can be reached at email@example.com or by calling 530-477-4219.