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Chocolate Church Arts Center to host ‘Headway’ exhibition featuring Spindleworks artists

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“Classic Universal Monsters” by Kevin Babine. Courtesy picture

The Chocolate Church Arts Center presents “Headway”, a group exhibition featuring artists from the Independence Association’s Spindleworks program. The show opens March 4 and runs through April 9 at the Chocolate Church Arts Gallery.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. There will be an open house at the Chocolate Church Arts Center from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on March 31 with representatives from Spindleworks in attendance.

Spindleworks, a non-profit organization, provides self-taught and unique artists with the tools necessary for self-expression and full integration into the artistic community. More than 15 artists will showcase their work in a variety of mediums, from painting to photography, in a show that promises just the kind of vibrancy and color needed at this time of year.

“We are a program of the Independence Association, whose mission is to provide adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to live full and inclusive lives,” says Brian Braley, Senior Program Director. “We provide opportunities for artistic and professional growth in an experiential creative setting. Our artists sell and represent their work whenever possible, which is an important source of income.

Artists often work collaboratively on projects such as murals, art installations, and poetry books, but they also create their own work based on their personal desires and goals.

“Art gives us energy to supercharge our self-esteem, explore self-identity, develop value, increase communication, form new friendships, nourish our spirit, strengthen our courage, dissolve boundaries and enrich our imagination,” Braley said.

CCAC curator Kimberly Becker has been a long-time Brunswick Spindleworks fan. “The CCAC has done exhibitions in the past with them, and I was so delighted with the work that I contacted Spindleworks when I became a curator here to organize an exhibition,” she said. “This group of artists create art without preconceptions, and the results are wonderful.”

Spindleworks supports 50 artists from surrounding communities including Bath, Brunswick, Richmond, Topsham, Freeport, Sidney, Portland, Wiscasset and beyond.

Braley named the show “Headway” in “the spirit of hope”.

“The pandemic has been a difficult time for us and we have learned to adapt to an ever-changing environment,” he said. “Regardless of the restrictions, we finally feel like we can happily move forward no matter what the world throws at us.”

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