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The Power of Art in All on Showcase in the Lambert Airport Gallery

Posted on August 30, 2016 in Art

The power of art is in everyone. That is the essence of a new exhibition by Artists First now on display at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. The exhibition, Different Filter, Different Lens: Artists First features the works of individuals often referred to as “outsider artists,” individuals who have reinvented their selves by tapping into newly discovered creative talents.  

Artists First is a nonprofit organization which serves adults with disabilities, youth with and without disabilities, and current and former Armed Service members from the greater St. Louis area.

The Airport exhibition showcases three dimensional objects as well as small paintings and collages, crafted in the Artists First studio with guidance by facilitators. 

“The artists at the Artists First studio demonstrate a concerted effort to focus on creating visual art. The results vary from self-referential, or autobiographical imagery, and caricatures, to celebratory decoration,” said Sheila Suderwalla, Executive Director.  “The purpose of this exhibition demonstrates the power of creative expression in the lives of disenfranchised individuals with disabilities but also examines the various media, imagery, and techniques specific to each individual.” 

Different Filter, Different Lens: Artists First is on display in The Lambert Gallery in the Terminal 1 Bag Claim through January 1, 2017. 

The exhibition is supported by funding from the Regional Arts Commission.  The Lambert Gallery exhibit space is part of the Lambert Art and Culture Program, which supports art works and cultural experiences throughout Lambert Airport. For the latest art installations and exhibitions, visit