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‘The Starry Night’ delights

On Monday, March 15, Huntington Mayor Richard Strick (second from left) collaborated with Pathfinder Services artists to create “The Starry Night” by Vincent van Gogh. Pictured are (back row, from left) April England, Elisha Martin, Jennifer Hardacre and Pathfinder Services Activity Specialist Sarah Schwab; and (front row, from left) Kathryn Griffin, Strick, Angel Shepperd, Marcia Sommers, Mary Solloway and Matthew Hartley.
On Monday, March 15, Huntington Mayor Richard Strick (second from left) collaborated with Pathfinder Services artists to create “The Starry Night” by Vincent van Gogh. Pictured are (back row, from left) April England, Elisha Martin, Jennifer Hardacre and Pathfinder Services Activity Specialist Sarah Schwab; and (front row, from left) Kathryn Griffin, Strick, Angel Shepperd, Marcia Sommers, Mary Solloway and Matthew Hartley. Photo provided.

Pathfinder Services and the City of Huntington are collaborating on several events to celebrate March as Disability Awareness Month.

On Monday, March 15, Mayor Richard Strick worked on a painting with nine artists and Activity Specialist Sarah Schwab at Pathfinder Services Creative Abilities, which is located in the art studio at the Café of Hope, at Life Church, 900 E. State St., Huntington.

“We recognize that there are folks in our community who are living with challenges that some of us don’t experience the same way and they are a real blessing to us,” says Strick.

“A real beautiful community, a place that really works for all of us where we are all in it together, is a place that makes sure that everybody has a seat at the table and being able to participate.”

Participants were surprised to learn that the secret painting the group chose for the event happened to be one of Strick’s favorites, “The Starry Night” by Vincent van Gogh.

The mayor and each of the artists took turns adding to the piece, which will be given as a gift to Strick once it is finished.

“I know that art and creativity are really important to the group and they have been looking forward to today,” says Schwab.“This is one month out of the year when we can shine a light on what we are doing at Pathfinder Services, that it’s important to us and it’s important to our community.”
Pathfinder Services Creative Abilities Art Studios provide spaces for teens and adults with developmental disabilities to use their creative skills. The studios are set up for artists to paint, sculpt, sew, draw, craft jewelry and much more.

Artists sell their works at studio locations and different community events throughout the year and can be commissioned to do pieces. Proceeds go back to the artists and to Pathfinder Services Community

Supports to sustain the art program.

For additional information, contact Nicole Hahn at 355-2546, 519-3837 or nhahn@pathfinderservices.org.