Your #GivingTuesday Gift Makes a Difference for Artists with Disabilities, Like VisAbility Art Lab Artists Jared Max and Mara Clawson!

Double your impact! Windgate Foundation is matching ALL gifts up to $150,000!

VisAbility Art Lab is VisArts’ supportive studio for emerging adult artists with autism and other intellectual and physical disabilities who have a strong interest in making art part of their professional careers.

Artist Jared Max joined Visibility Art Lab in July 2018. He creates works on paper using pencils and colored pencils. He also creates digital art and 2D animation using After Effects. He’s working on developing a digital mini comic series.

Jared Max, Dragon, 2019

Jared’s favorite thing about VisAbility Art Lab is the support he receives. “I can really focus on my work because everyone is very helpful, accepting, and respectful. We need a place like VisAbility Art Lab, because it makes it possible for artists with disabilities to create, show, and sell their art.”

Since joining the Lab, Jared has exhibited his art at Artfully Wilde (November 2018); True Respite Craft Fair (December 2018); Handmade for the Holidays (December 2018); Dawson’s Market Craft Fair (March 2019); Out of the Box/VisArts (April 2019); Rockville Arts Festival (May 2019); and VisAbility Art Lab/VisArts (June, July, and August 2019).

Artist Mara Clawson has worked at VisAbility Art Lab for more than three years. She works in a variety of media, including ceramics, painting, drawing, printmaking, and collage. 

Mara says she creates more art since joining the Lab. “VisAbility Art Lab is fun! I like mixing colors, making new things, getting advice from Elaine (Parks, VisAbility Art Lab Director), and seeing all the people I love.” Mara shares, “Art is my life. I like to make art that comes from my mind and my heart – from how I see the world. Art makes me happy and gives me lots of courage.”

Mara Clawson, Feeling the Tears..., 2019

Mara received the VSA/Kennedy Center Emerging Young Artists with Disabilities award (2016-2017) and was awarded a Reach Independence through Self-Employment grant from Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services to expand her art business, When Colors Get Along.  Her award-winning video, To Survive, was shown at the national (Re)Invention exhibition and she had a solo exhibition at the Goldman Art Gallery in Rockville, Maryland (2016).

Mara is the subject of the documentary film, Living Art, which premiered at ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York (April 2019). Her digital paintings and pastels were in the “Tearless” group exhibition at the Allouche Gallery in New York City (April 2019). This year, Mara also exhibited at Out of the Box/VisArts (April 2019), Rockville Arts Festival (May 2019), VisAbility Art Lab/VisArts (June, July, and August 2019), and bazaart/American Visionary Art Museum’s annual holiday art market (November 2019).

Mara Clawson, Pineapple, 2018

Your #GivingTuesday gift has a direct impact on artists with disabilities like Jared and Mara. And you can double your impact – Windgate Foundation is matching all gifts up to $150,000!

Thanks so much,       

Alice Nappy

Executive Director

VisArts is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization (EIN 52-1549839). Your donation is deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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