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Restaurant showcases Quest’s artwork

Clark developmental disabilities program sells paintings at Seasons.

Quest Adult Services has decorated the walls of Seasons Bistro and Grille with artwork produced by individuals with developmental disabilities.

The artwork — which has been on display at Seasons since September — is on sale to the public through Dec. 16, and most of the proceeds from the sale goes to the artist. The remaining portion will help pay for supplies and materials for Quest’s art program.

Quest, a service of Developmental Disabilities of Clark County, has scheduled a Meet the Artist event from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at Seasons, 28 S. Limestone St. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet the artists and purchase artwork.

“It’s about connecting our folks to people in the community,” Quest director Marty Fagans said. “It’s an opportunity for people to see how capable folks with developmental disabilities are.”

Quest provides services to about 170 Clark County residents who have a developmental disability, like autism, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy. About 15 to 20 Quest participants are regularly involved in the art program, Fagans said.

“It’s an outlet for them,” said Randy Salyer, a registered service worker at Quest who helps out with the art program. “At home, they are limited in traveling and exposure socially. Here, they come together as a large group and communicate with one another. It opens up their world a little bit.”

In recent years, artwork has been displayed at local banks and summer festivals, but this year’s efforts have been the most successful to date, Fagans said. Of the 26 pieces of art initially displayed at Seasons, 13 have been sold. Those items were replaced with more artwork.

Artwork is priced from $10 to $60.

“They would make good Christmas gifts,” Fagans said.

Margaret Mattox, co-owner of Seasons, said this show has sold more artwork than any other show the restaurant has hosted.

“The show has been a real hit with our customers,” Mattox said. “It seems like our customers are identifying with the artwork. It’s been a fun project. We love supporting the organization, and we strongly believe it’s important to support that part of our community. We’re looking forward to meeting some of the artists.”

Quest always is seeking donations for its art program, Fagans said. He said Quest accepts paint, brushes, canvases, frames, wood scraps, and empty two-liter bottles and cans.

Located at 110 W. Leffel Lane, Quest is a publicly funded agency that employs 60 part- and full-time people. It has an annual budget of $6.5 million.

For more information, contact Quest at 937-328-5200.

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