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  • Bringing joy through creative arts to clients at One Sky Community Services


    HAMPTON–Over the summer, One Sky Community Services and the Lane House Arts Center began a collaboration to offer a series of adaptive art classes for One Sky artists with developmental disabilities/alternate abilities and acquired brain injuries. The eight-week classes, with seventeen individuals participating, were designed to provide much needed creative experiences and are culminating with an exhibit of the artwork created.

    The work created by these talented artists will be on display at the Lane House Arts Center from Wed. Nov. 11 through Sun. Nov. 29. The center is open to the public Wed. – Sat. 10am-5pm and Sun. noon-4pm. The LHAC is located at 380 Lafayette Road, Hampton, NH, on ground level at the back of the building, right off the parking lot. More information about Lane House Arts Center, hours of operation, and a schedule of events can be found on their website at www.lanehousearts.com.

    "It was very rewarding to hear students say, 'This class is the best part of my week!', 'I am really good at art!' and 'Creating art is so relaxing and makes me happy',” says Natalie Rotman Cote, teaching artist at Lane House. “The students were excited to learn new skills, try new mediums, and put their own personality into each piece."

    “We are thrilled to be able to offer these classes,” says Karen Desrosiers, teaching artist and founder of the Lane House Arts Center. “People with alternate abilities can often struggle to communicate. Art provides a way for them to express themselves and interact with others. To see the joy on the students’ faces as they create and the sense of accomplishment they get from creating works of art is amazing.” There are plans to continue these special workshops next year.

    Desrosiers started the Lane House Arts Center in Hampton earlier this year. The arts center has seven artist studios, a gallery, and a teaching space. The planned opening in spring was delayed by Covid-19; however, the center was able to open at the end of June. Though more classes are anticipated, as safety concerns allow, these are the first classes the center as been able to run.

    “It’s been a long-time dream of mine to build a creative community,” says Desrosiers. “One that is diverse and inclusive and that supports the arts and artists as well as the greater community.”

    Founded in 1983, One Sky Community Services is a non-profit organization based in Portsmouth and serving about 1200 individuals throughout Rockingham County.  The mission of One Sky Community Services is to ensure that individuals with developmental disabilities or acquired brain disorders have the same opportunities like everyone else to be successful and live a happy and fulfilling life in our community. Information about One Sky and their services can be found online at www.oneskyservices.org.