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‘PAINTS, PICKLES, PATRICK:’ Passages artists showcase 150 pieces

March 19, 2012

Robin Elsher, a participant in Passages’ art program, points to her work of art showcased at Paintings, Pickles and Patrick. The event was held Friday at the Peabody Public Library. — Post & Mail photo / Brianne Eichman

COLUMBIA CITY — Clients of Passages in Whitley County surrounded 150 pieces of art as they walked through the display held at the Peabody Public Library Auditorium Friday.
The event, "Paintings, Pickles and Patrick," was a fundraiser for Passages dedicated to helping people with intellectual disabilities or challenges to thrive in the community, as well as in their home life.
Photography, water color, coloring pencil, ceramics, acrylic, jewelry and furniture were among the many items being bid on and observed at the show.
Candy Pease, who is in charge of the art program at Passages, said the program is well-established and they have hired two more teachers, other than herself, to work with the clients.
“Everybody is very enthusiastic to come to art class,” said Pease.
The art classes, offered at Towerview Industries in Columbia City, are a place where all 30 of the artists went five days of the week.
While at art class, Pease said the clients learned the fundamentals of art to try to develop their skills.
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