See art 'From My Perspective' for fourth year at Trousdale School

By COLBY DENTON
Posted 3/6/19

Trousdale School is hosting its fourth annual “From My Perspective” art show on Thursday, to not only give local artists an opportunity to showcase their works, but also to highlight the variety …

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See art 'From My Perspective' for fourth year at Trousdale School

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Trousdale School is hosting its fourth annual “From My Perspective” art show on Thursday, to not only give local artists an opportunity to showcase their works, but also to highlight the variety of talents ever-present in those with disabilities in the community.

Trousdale School serves high-functioning adults with intellectual disabilities by providing academics, life skills and occupational development for the purpose of learning independence.

“From My Perspective” was created in 2016, and has displayed the work of over 100 local artists, with and without disabilities. The event is described as a juried art show and silent auction.

Many Trousdale students have submitted art each year, including Amanda McCord and Sarah Johnson, who have each submitted art all four years.

“I painted artwork inspired by the movie, ‘Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again,’ Johnson said.

“I did an art piece based off ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ of a big rose,” McCord said.

The event begins with a silent auction at 6 p.m. which gives each artist the chance to sell their work to appreciative buyers, with 100 percent of the purchase price going back to the submitting artist.

Both McCord and Johnson have sold artwork in the past at the shows. Johnson referenced a painting she had done of a golfer that sold and McCord’s “Beauty and the Beast” painting sold last year as well.

Trousdale School art instructor Sarah Bradley said the show grows each year, despite starting out small the first time. By the second year, the number of submissions had doubled, so the event moved from the school’s smaller theater to the gym where it continues to be held.

“It’s been so wonderful to see the different mix of artwork we’re getting more and more of each year. It feels like we’re reaching a bigger audience in our community as this continues,” Bradley said.

Since it’s open to all artists ages 14 and up, high school students, Lee University students and other local artists can submit their work for viewing and potential auction.

Bradley stressed how the auction is not a fundraiser for the school, but rather, serves as encouragement for the artists and also raises awareness of local talent.

Entrants set their prices, which can sometimes rise throughout an auction.

“This artwork is locally made and is very affordable compared to what you’d find in an art gallery,” Bradley added.

There are currently 26 students at Trousdale School, with various students attending for trial periods as well. To be a Trousdale student, you must be 22 years old or older.

For “From My Perspective,” Trousdale School transforms its gym into an art gallery, with standing grids used to hold the art. Food and refreshments will be provided along with live music.

When the auction concludes at 7:15, an awards ceremony will begin, with all artists being recognized. Door prizes are also handed out.

A jury of three professional artists will choose the four artworks they believe deserve special recognition, and these artists will be awarded a commemorative plaque called the Silver Easel Award, along with a gift certificate for art supplies. Chambliss Law Firm sponsors these awards.

“I love going around with my parents and meeting people at the art show. It’s amazing every year,” McCord said.

Johnson added how inspiring it is to have visitors purchase their art, as it encourages them to continue pursuing their interests.

“We love people coming in and seeing what a great school we have. We’re like a family here,” Johnson said.

McCord stressed just how important the show is for Trousdale, as it allows them to serve as representatives for the school and proudly display its logo around town and at the art show.

Bradley says “From My Perspective” is unique, as it’s one of the only art shows to allow people with disabilities to display their work alongside other artists. Just as the name says, it lets visitors see artwork and the world from those with disabilities’ perspectives.

“From My Perspective” is a free event. All students will be in attendance, and will be walking around the gallery and chatting with attendants. Some may even serve you some hors d’oeuvres while you chat.

For those interested in learning more, check out the school’s Facebook event called "From My Perspective." Trousdale School can be reached at 423-479-7130.

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