The Brass consists of artists with development disabilities that are supported in partnership by the non-profit organization, Living in Fulfilling Environments. The art program was started in 2009 and currently there are about 60 clients who participate. Everyone is 21 years old or older; one is even 90! They are a friendly and welcoming group who are very proud of their work which is evident not only in their art but also in their smiles. One offered to show his work that included a stool with shoes attached of which one moved. A friendly monster looking sculpture created with bright green tape was one of his other creations.
Besides their physical location in the Cutler Mill Complex in Warren, the art is displayed at craft shows and other places. The Brass has become better known in the East Bay since it started participating in Bristol Warren Art Nights. The artists receive a portion of the sale; prices can be a few dollars to more than $900 for larger pieces. The rest of the proceeds goes to The Brass for supplies, etc.
Seamus Hanes explains that this is a wonderful opportunity for the clients/artists to have their "own voice". Although most work at tables with others, their work is self directed and very individualized. This is very evident when you see the woven tapestries. There were a few displayed but you could tell that each was made by different people.
The Brass' artists are unique in many ways. Words cannot describe the energy, enthusiasm, creativity, and imagination of these artists so you will just have to go see for yourself. You wil be quite impressed!