Chillicothe Pump House features artists from the Pioneer Center during the march show

CHILLICOTHE — The Pump House Center for the Arts kicked off its March art exhibit on Thursday evening. This month’s show features artists from the Pioneer Center in Chillicothe.

“It’s a really cool way for people to see the creativity of people with disabilities,” said Courtney Lewis, communications director for the Pioneer Center.

The show is organized to raise awareness that March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. The Pioneer Center is a place for people of all ages with developmental disabilities. They offer help like therapy programs, school help, adult rehabilitation, recreational activities and more.

“This is the culmination of our DD month,” Superintendent Amy Beeler said.

The works of art on display have been created by people of all ages using a variety of mediums such as paint, clay, photography and sewing. The show also included 3D artwork that used objects like corks, buttons, and bottle caps. All the plays were themed around issues of inclusion.

“Just because someone is different from you doesn’t mean you have to treat them differently,” Lewis said.

An artist in the exhibition, Allison Shoemaker, presented four works. Although she loves many art styles, including video editing and drawing, one of her favorite mediums is clay.

“I love working with clay and working with my hands,” Shoemaker said.

Friends and families gathered at the Pump House to view the artwork made by people from the Pioneer Center.

If you missed the show’s opening night, you can still visit the Pump House until March 26 to see all the artwork made for this show.

The majority of artwork in this exhibit is for sale, with funds received going to the Pioneer Center and the artists. On the first evening, about half of the pieces were already sold.

This month’s show was sponsored by Carl’s Townhouse. To learn more about the Pump House Center for the Arts and all it offers, visit their Facebook page.

Shelby Reeves is a reporter for the Chillicothe Gazette. You can email him at [email protected]

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