Sales assistant Carole Lahey works at Comfy Couch where two pieces of art (lower right) are on display in downtown Highland, Ind., Wednesday October 24, 2012. ARC clients created the artwork for "Fall in Highland." | Stephanie Dowell~Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 30, 2012 6:09AM
Fifty pieces of artwork, created by 38 Arc Northwest Indiana clients, can be found in windows of 28 businesses in the heart of Highland’s downtown.
“This is a partnership between The Arc Northwest Indiana, downtown businesses, and Highland Main Street,” Cecile Petro, Highland redevelopment director, said of the Fall in Highland exhibit. “We are encouraging residents to come downtown and appreciate the art created by Arc clients and go into the shops and purchase items from our downtown businesses.”
Highland volunteer Joanna Smith coordinated the display, her second offering, as she also was involved in the spring showing of art created by Highland elementary school children.
Smith worked with the Highland Main Street organization, and suggested asking The Arc Northwest Indiana to participate.
“I am aware of the service they provide to local people of disabilities,” Smith said. “I thought if they did art there, maybe they would like to show it in public.”
Joyce Einikis is program
coordinator at The Arc Northwest Indiana.
“Joanna contacted me and asked if we would be interested in displaying our clients’ artwork in downtown Highland,” she said. “We were thrilled with that prospect, since we had just held our agency-wide art show in March and it was very well received.”
Einikis and her co-worker Kysha Roberson planned some abstract-type projects for the clients involved in the arts and crafts project.
“We encouraged them to use fall colors of brown, gold, red, yellow and orange,” Einikis said.
The pieces will be returned
to The Arc and then returned
to the artists when the display
is dismantled after the first week in November.
The following businesses each have art items displayed in their front windows:
Highway Avenue — First Financial, Comfy Couch, Kolas, Faber, Smith Insurance, Woody’s Garage, Highland Kiddie Shoppe, Les Brothers, Thrifty Kleen, Elegance Evening Wear, Highland Thrift, Highland Jewelers, Just Peachy, First Midwest Bank, Highland Sewing, Van Senus Auto, Hoosier Highlander and Dr. Liggett.
Kennedy Avenue — Cakes by Karen, State Farm, South Side Bantam and S&J Stereo.
Condit Street — Marias.
Jewett Street — Paws, 85 Degrees, Rite Way, Primitive Peddler and Under Dog.