8th Annual furnARTure!
On September 10th, The Studio at Living Opportunities celebrated our 8th annual furnARTure—a signature fundraising event where artwork, furniture and other creative items are presented for auction with all funds supporting
The Studio’s work providing opportunities for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities to enjoy and participate in art & music in the community.
Studio artist Nicholas Hiti brought the house down with an emotional rendition of “What a Wonderful World” as Studio Director Dan Mish accompanied him on the guitar.
Vibrant scenes from The Studio played in a video behind them, creating a moving representation of the creativity and connection The Studio brings to our community.
“FurnARTure is going to be the best memory ever for me!” said Nicholas. “What I loved the most was everyone standing and clapping at the end because it made me feel proud of myself. My favorite part of singing is making people happy.”
After Nicholas’ powerful performance, Stephanie Gentry delivered a heartfelt speech about her brother, Jon Byrd, and his experiences as an artist & musician at The Studio. “You’d know how amazing Jonny’s experience is if you knew how hesitant he used to be about doing anything that was uncomfortable for him,” explained Stephanie. “Somehow, he’s decided that the social and creative aspects at The Studio outweigh the discomfort of having messy hands. He began drawing simple lines and shapes, which have slowly evolved into beautiful, expressive, works of art.”
One of Jonny’s pieces—an eight-foot-long abstract painting on canvas—was auctioned, fetching $3,000. Half of proceeds will go to Jonny, and half will support more artists like him through The Studio’s workshops and classes. For Jonny, Nicholas, and all the guests at furnARTure, the afternoon was a joyful reminder of the power of art to bring people, and communities, together.
Please plan on joining us for our 2018 furnARTure event next September.
If you would like to sponsor / underwrite aspects of next year’s event please contact Robert Bauer @ 541.772.1503.