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Chapel Haven students and community members had works of art on display at the Mitchell Library branch at 37 Harrison Street in Westville through the month of July.

The exhibit stemmed from collaboration between Chapel Haven and the education department of the Yale Center for British Art that began in January 2010. Tina Menchetti, Chapel Haven’s art teacher, facilitated weekly student visits to the museum for a three month course on visiting art museums led by Jennifer Kowitt, Postgraduate Research Associate in the Education Department, and Docent Cindy Cross. Students gained experience describing art, often creating their own works in response to the Center’s collections.  

An additional class held on the Chapel Haven campus with Kowitt and Cross, entitled  “Expressive Painting”, allowed students to paint while inspired by the senses. Music, touch, movement, smells and visual studies of other art works all contributed to the creation of these very expressive pieces. Ceramic pieces are also created by the students in Chapel Haven’s own clay studio where they paint, glaze and fire each molded piece.

A closing reception took place July 28, 2011, 4-6 p.m.

Chapel Haven was founded in 1972 and provides a lifelong program of individualized support services for adults with cognitive and social disabilities, enabling them to live independent and productive lives.

Mitchell Library is open on Mondays, noon to 8 p.m., Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday, 10 to 6 p.m.