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August 12, 2020

4/29/2020 1:21:00 PM
'Surreal Acts of the Mind' to help connect all of us
Kayden Gresham
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Kayden Gresham
Briana Barger
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He has won the pinewood derby. He has learned to cook. He is skilled in building campfires. Now, Kayden Gresham must take on the ultimate challenge of the Scout's program: his Eagle Scout project.

Without hesitation, he knew that he wanted the project to be focused on art and Autism.

From this initial concept, the Surreal Arts of the Mind art show was born.

Greshman says there is a misunderstanding about Autism, and the art show is a way to help others form a better understanding as to what it is.

This particular goal will help be accomplished by partnering up with Hands in Autism Interdisciplinary Training and Resource Center. They will be providing information covering all aspects of Autism and will be easily available at the event.

"Learn about the definition of Autism, the meaning, and awareness - and different styles of art," Gresham said.

According to Gresham, who has Autism, art has been helpful for him because it helps his brain to be able to visualize things in a way that helps others see his thought process.

"It [Autism] is a disorder where your brain is connected differently," he said. Art helps him embrace and use his imagination.

It being "Surreal" Arts of the Mind, the theme for the show is Surrealism. So artists, pick up your brushes and get colorful. But they are accepting any and all style of art.

Curious to see Gresham's artwork?

"I'm mostly just hosting it," he said. "I have one piece that I had to do for an e-learning thing."

"Kayden is the foreman of the project," mother, Kelli Gresham said. "He's not really supposed to be hands on - he's more of the leader and has to delegate. We reached out to Mrs. Chilman, Hands in Autism and the other scouts will probably help set things up. There will be multiple people involved in pulling it off."

Speaking of those involved, Gresham wanted to thank Karen Chilman and Jim Longwell for their support with art and the Scouts.

The show will be held June 5 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Perceptions Yoga, Mindfulness, and Art studio in Vernon.

Everyone is welcome to participate. Any and all styles and media are welcome.

Participants are asked to include an artist statement for their submitted work and an information tag. Please send high quality images of your work to karenchilman@jcsc.org.

On the chance that an in-person art show must be cancelled due to the epidemic, a virtual one will be held.

"Karen is taking everything via Email at the moment so that if we have to do it virtually, we can," said Kelli. "If we can still do the live show, but maybe have a way to have some tents outside the studio so we can have snacks and things outside, then only have a few people inside at a time? That was an idea we had last night, because we would really like to be able to do it. Have the live event - the virtual things are cool but you lose a piece of it."

For more information, go to www.facebook.com/HANDSinAutism






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