New NIAD exhibits include Disney element

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By Zach Chouteau

The ‘Rich Life’ segment dropped by the always-intriguing NIAD art center on Friday, and discovered a gamut of special new exhibits that include an interesting Walt Disney angle.

The visit was also made memorable by the inclusion of my Kindergartener son Logan, making his inaugural stop at the amazing venue focused on helping artists with developmental disabilities become independent. He was able to meet some of NIAD’s accomplished artists in the working studio, had a quick sketch of himself done by the talented Billy White, and was clearly inspired by the whole experience.

We also had a chance to meet Felicia Griffin, whose work is represented in the collective main exhibit currently at NIAD, Woven, Mixed, Tied, and Attached: Fiber as Message. The colorful display emphasizes how fiber, textile and other materials can express a particular worldview.

Felicia Griffin

It was also nice catching up with the multi-skilled Rebecca Jantzen, who showed us some of her recent works, including an in-progress needlepoint creation featuring artistic takes on some of her NIAD friends.

Rebecca Jantzen

Other current exhibits at NIAD include Looking Inward, originally organized by the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, a small collection of provocative works by residents of Bay Area senior care facilities; Weather Report, beautifully chaotic paintings and drawings by Luis Estrada embellished by words and symbols; and some appealing geometrical abstracts by Carlo Abruzzese that are actually based on data tied to ethnic diversity and immigration.

The current exhibits are on view through April 26 and entrance to NIAD is free. The venue, located at 551 23rd Street in Richmond, is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday, and Noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday. You can find out more by visiting www.niadart.org.

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