Burnaby artists in Inclusion exhibition

Two Burnaby artists are part of an art show celebrating inclusion.

posAbilities, a non-profit organization that supports people with developmental disabilities, is holding its 12th annual INCLUSION art show and sale on Oct. 26 and 27 at Vancouver’s Heritage Hall.

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Among the artists are Burnaby’s Rebecca Nosella and Dan Tell.

Nosella is a 25-year-old who has both cerebral palsy and a rare neurological disorder called Aicardi syndrome. She has limited vision and can not talk, but she continues to produce enough artwork to sell out shows.

“With the support of friends and her mum, she is able to create an abstract style with vibrant colours without the use of lines,” explains a write-up about the artists. “Her unique technique includes the use of everyday objects like pot scrubbers and squeegees, along with acrylic paint that bring out the textures and effects found in her brilliant art pieces.”

Tell is an avid potter who has been involved with the PotteryWorks studio for about 13 years. He also paints landscapes and scenes from nature.

One of his favourite motifs for his pottery are floral patterns, and, at this year’s show, Tell will be sharing his process for creating flowers on bowls.

They are two of more than 250 artists featured in the show, all of whom live with a developmental disability or autism. Work included in the show is in a wide range of styles and mediums – painting, collage, illustration, photography, pottery, jewelry, glassware, textiles and more.

Live art demonstrations in painting, weaving, jewelry making and pottery will also be offered.

“Connecting through art is a powerful way for our organization to fulfil its mission,” said Fernando Coelho, CEO of posAbilities, in a press release.

Heritage Hall is at 3102 Main St. in Vancouver. The show is open Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 27 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Admission is by donation, and everyone is welcome. See www.inclusionartshow.com for all the details.

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