“Get Together and do Artwork and Instrumental” by Donna Sherley
Hey there listeners!
This is the last episode in my series on StudioWorks.
You know, I saw so many familiar friendly faces at the ‘Reflections’ opening last week. Many of which were StudioWorks artists, the staff, as well as outside creatives…I had such a wonderful time. That exhibition seem to bring so many people together, much like StudioWorks itself. It was a diverse environment, and something I’d love to see on a larger scale.
To say the least, I enjoyed working on this series so much and I hope to revisit it in the future as they grow and expand. I just want to everyone at StudioWorks.
A page from a book repurposed by Donna.
My guest today is Donna Sherley. Donna’s art consists of vibrantly colored paintings and illustrations with a upbeat flair. Other mediums she has explored is paper weaving, clay, and found objects such as the repurposing of old books.
Donna has been with StudioWorks for a long time and enjoys her work there. StudioWorks helps her expand upon her skills as well as give her connections to other parts of Louisville’s art community. She hopes to soon land an arts related job.
You can learn more about Donna’s work from her blog or Zoom Group’s webpage.
Heya listeners! I’m so excited that this is finally coming together—this is the first in a series of discussions with the forces behind StudioWorks and their awesome artists.
Seems like more each day I have the mentality that everyone has something to bring to the table. And such thinking openly embraces diversity. Of course, diversity is a broad term and sometimes there are areas that get overlooked. In saying this, I find it refreshing that neurodiversity has recently had a much stronger presence in the media. Even Sesame Street is coming into the conversation.
Such diversity is a big part of StudioWorks’ goal.
Today’s episode is a conversation I had with Studio Manager Heather Drury & Site Coordinator Frances Mican back in August.
I apologize if it’s a little ‘choppy’, and for when I misspeak (I was a bit distracted by the AC kicking on…it tends to be EXTREMELY loud.)
Window display from The Food Show. Photo by Sarah Katherine Davis.
StudioWorks is an art studio and gallery for adults with developmental disabilities. Currently, the studio is home to over 30 artists of various styles and still expanding. StudioWorks is under the umbrella of the non profit Zoom Group, which is an organization that helps such adults with job placement and other services. Artists can expect ample studio space to create work, get advice & assistance, opportunities to learn new mediums, and a proper forum to display the finished product.
You can learn more by visiting zoomgroup.org/studioworks. Or go outside! Find them near the corner of Bardstown Rd and Eastern Pkwy (2008 Eastern Parkway).
Listen in below to our discussion to get further details on becoming an artist, or getting involved as a volunteer.