“Napoleon: A Storybook Illustration” Presented by Arts & Services for Disabled

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“It takes a thousand voices to tell a single story” – Native American saying.

“Napoleon: A Storybook Illustration,” a collaborative art exhibit opens on Friday, August 12, 2011 at the Department of Health & Human Services in Long Beach, CA.

Everyone can tell a story and everyone can illustrate a story. The artists of Arts & Services for Disabled Inc. worked together from writing the narrative to translating their ideas on the canvas to bring “Napoleon” to life.

These whimsical paintings are inspired by this fictional tale that chronicles the corruption and redemption of Napoleon through the unwavering benevolence of his friend, Atticus. The story includes aspects of reality mixed fused with elements of fantasy. As Napoleon is given the chance to view the world in a different perspective, he is able to appreciate how the simple kindness of his friend saved his life and liberated his gentle heart. It is a story of love and forgiveness in a time when humans easily fall into darkness.

Together with ASD, the Department of Health & Human Services will host this FREE event  August 12, 2011, with refreshments, music, and wheelchair accessibility. The opening reception from 6-8pm will be at 2525 Grand Avenue Long Beach, CA 90815. Exhibition closes August 2012.

Arts & Services for Disabled Inc. opened its doors in 1982 to create programs utilizing the creative arts therapies (music, dance, drama, and visual and literary arts) for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. And for several years, they have worked with The Getty Foundation to provide specialized education to the next generation of arts professional by supporting undergraduate internships. The multicultural intern, Eileen Arcos, is the curator of this show.

For additional information call 562.982.0252, or email exhibits@artsandservices.com.

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