Art Galleries

Twist and Crawl

When: Jan. 18-March 16 2011

The National Institute of Art & Disabilities in Richmond, better known as NIAD, provides artists possessing developmental disabilities or challenges with art materials, facilities, feedback, and support. This show, named for a song by The English Beat, is the first of a three-exhibition series entitled Life of the World to Come, showcasing both NIAD and mainstream artists. It's a sensitively installed, handsome show of small-to-medium-size drawings, paintings, collages, and mixed-media pieces demonstrating anew that creativity defies categorizations. The fourteen artists are James Aarons, Chris Ashley, Elaine Bradford, Mia Brown, Timothy Buckwalter (curator also), Sharon Butler, Willie Harris, Cliff Hengst, Shirley How, Lacee King, Katy Stone, Danny Thach, John Zurier, and the late Edmund Shea. Let's try the Reed next to the Ashley. Burlesons's painting of eyes seems to follow you, or is that just critic's karma? Twist and Crawl runs through March 16 at NIAD (3551 23rd St., Richmond). 510-620-0290 or

DeWitt Cheng

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