For children and adults with autism, art can be a crucial means of self-expression. Where words fail, art often has a better chance of succeeding.
That's why Autism Services, the multidisciplinary agency that serves the needs of many Western New York children and adults with the disorder, has invested so much time and effort into helping their clients learn to draw and paint.
The agency's latest success story is 9-year-old Kristin Maggio. Her exhibition, "Kristin Maggio: Journey of a Young Artist," goes on view at 5 p.m. March 18 and runs through March 25 in the Atrium 124 Gallery (124 Elmwood Ave.). That show comes not long after Autism Services' engrossing dual exhibition last year, which featured work by client Langston Garder and Buffalo artist and curator Kyle Butler.
Maggio's work, often based on natural elements and themes, has a polish and confidence uncommon in artists of her age.
“We are happy to help Kristin find a voice through her art, use it to enhance her life and other skills, and open the doors to community experiences,” said Autism Services Executive Director Veronica Federicioni. “Most importantly, Kristin is involved in what makes her happy and gives her a comfortable way to communicate. We celebrate our artists, accept who they are and give them opportunities to express themselves freely.”
The exhibition's opening reception runs from 5 to 8 p.m. March 18. Call 631-5777 or visit friendsofasi.org for more information.