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Art With Heart:Melmark Artisans Open Show Wed

Creativity, a love for their art, and incredible attention to detail are hallmarks of Berwyn's Melmark artisans.

Artists from Melmark open a new exhibit and sale Wednesday night on the Main Line.

Adult artists with autism spectrum disorders and Down Syndrome work in a greenhouse/art studio building on the Melmark Campus in Berwyn to create intricate, hand-crafted art work from custom-made stationary and cards to elaborate dried flower arrangements and paintings.

The artists literally create their work from the ground up, working year round to cultivate exotic flowers in a greenhouse during the winter, planting an amazing garden in the spring, harvesting and then drying the garden's flowers and ultimately turning them into one-of-a-kind works of art. Their work has been displayed at the prestigious Philadelphia Flower Show and is available for sale.

Melmark artists will open a show Wednesday night at Case Gallery in Ardmore.  Case Gallery was voted Best New Business of 2011 in Ardmore Patch's recent readers poll.

Melmark describes itself as "a not-for-profit provider of residential, educational, vocational and therapeutic services for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities, acquired brain injuries, other neurological and genetic disorders and related challenging behaviors. Melmark has program locations in both Berwyn, PA and Andover, MA"

Click here to learn more about Melmark at www.melmark.org.

If you can't make it to the gallery Wednesday evening but would like to purchase something from the Meadows artisans, you can call 1-888-MELMARK or email Liza Jones at LizaJones@melmark.org .

Michelle January 18, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Bob, wonderful story! Thank you for visiting our talented adults at Melmark's Country Garden Guild. We're equally excited about tonight's art opening at Case Gallery in Ardmore, where the gallery's owner, Ann Marie Casey, has so generously displayed 19 pieces designed by Melmark students diagnosed with autism. I hope Patch readers can stop in the gallery between 6:00 and 7:00 tonight!

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