The excitement of the Open Hearts Art Center's students was beyond what words can tell.
The touchingly raw and honest enthusiasm shown in their art work perfectly matched their willingness to participate, but cannot be captured, however we tried, in pictures.
This was one of those small moments in life when all preconceived notions; all of those little "games" most of us can play; all internal negativity, pessimism, self-doubt, et cetera get tossed out the window.
Only every so often, under certain special circumstances, do most of us let ourselves shed all external influences to reveal how we truly feel or what we truly are.
While they show it in whatever way they can, these wonderful, so-called "disabled" adults breathe what is wholly real within themselves.
And simply are.
We at The Hop cannot thank Open Hearts Art Center enough for allowing us this opportunity to experience what life without walls can be like and thank all of the people in this beautiful community for showing their support of what has honestly been our flat-out most inspiring in-store event!
If you didn't get the chance to make it to the Open Hearts Art Opening and would like to check out the display, it will be up in The Hop for the next month. To benefit the artists and program, all art is on sale for much less than it is really worth. Also, OHAC is always happy to accept monetary donations and supplies.
Thanks again. You all are brilliant!
Greg and Ashley Garrison
The Hop Ice Cream Cafe