From left, Jackie Beahn, Tori Matthews, artist Nick Hollibaugh, John Frieswick and Cristi Collari, Alternatives Director of Community Outreach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This fall, visitors to Alternatives’ Heritage Gallery at the Whitin Mill enjoyed an art exhibit that was uniquely hands-on. Throughout the course of the show, featured artist, designer and woodworker Nick Hollibaugh invited guests to work with him on building his next creation. Individuals served by Alternatives’ programs for people with disabilities were among those in the community who jumped on board. The sculpture they helped create, pictured here, was featured in the exhibit until the show’s conclusion. Then, to the delight of individuals and staff at Alternatives’ Adult Learning Center, the artist donated the sculpture to the program as a thank you for their participation in the project. It will be a cherished conversation starter for years to come!

Blackstone Valley Tribune
December 2016