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The Alhambra Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting celebration May 28 for the inclusive WHEELS UP! art exhibition at The Alhambra, 1000 S. Fremont Ave. The exhibit features the work of local and international disabled artists, including Mandeep Singh Manu, Maru Pombo, Ramit Chopra, Noel Gomez, Martin Vogel, Raymundo Rafael Barajas Moreno, Tom Doyle, Diego Romero, Samuel Jimenez Diaz, Deborah Gallardo, and Basilio Alonzo. The Alhambra exhibition will go through October. In September, a virtual WHEELS UP! exhibition will be held at the Los Angeles City Hall Bridge Gallery. This display has become an annual event.
The disabled artists in the exhibit use unique and creative styles of painting. Mr. Moreno, a quadriplegic, paints with his mouth, incorporating perspective and attention to textures and colors. Mr. Doyle is a working photographer taking pictures from his wheelchair. Mr. Vogel uses his wheelchair to create pleasing symmetric designs on canvas.
The work of these artists with diverse backgrounds, specialties, and personal challenges has been exhibited at the Alhambra City Hall, the Los Angeles City Hall, and now at The Alhambra at Fremont and Mission thanks to the generous offer by The Alhambra to provide space for the exhibition.
There is more to the Academy of Special Dreams than art exhibitions. The non-profit organization, founded by CEO Michael Dergar, is also supportive of writers, filmmakers, and other creative expressions. A small but growing scholarship program is also available to these artists to pursue their education. The academy supports artists and the arts in Mexico and the United States.
“The Special Academy’s mission is to increase public awareness, recognition, and appreciation of the creative talents of people with disabilities by providing opportunities that encourage, promote, and showcase their artistic expressions,” Mr. Dergar said.
Support the work of the Academy of Special Dreams with a donation, the purchase of art work, and other activities by e-mailing email@example.com. The mailing address is 115 W. California Blvd., Pasadena 91105.