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Dedham Square Artist Guild to feature 7-year-old's artwork

Posted by Natalie Feulner  August 27, 2012 01:50 PM

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Seven-year-old Luke Barry of Dedham uses art to express himself, and his work will be featured in a gallery exhibition to raise money for Community Autism Resources.

The exhibit is being called “Luke Barry … Mini artist” and will be featured at the Dedham Square Artist Guild on High Street, a news release said.

According to the guild, Luke uses art as an alternative to expressing himself verbally. He has discovered that he can communicate through drawings, and his family says he is never without crayons or paper.

Luke’s mother, Dedham-based artist Jill Barry, said the organization, Community Autism Resources, provides free and valuable services to individuals with autism such as Luke.

“CAR is a lighthouse for families like mine, and I am truly thankful for them,” she said. “The advice, classes, activities, and overall support they offer is invaluable.”

Barry added that she wanted to find a way to give back to the organization through the proceeds from Luke’s exhibit.

Several events relating to Luke’s work will take place throughout September.

On Sept. 6, Luke’s work will be on display as part of Dedham’s monthly “First Thursday” event. On Sept. 19, a reception for guild members will be held at 6 p.m, and on Sept. 20, a public reception will be held at 6 p.m.

All events will take place at the guild, which is located at 553 High St. and is open Wednesday from noon to 6 p.m.; Thursday from noon to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from noon to 6 p.m.; and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Natalie Feulner can be reached at natalie.feulner@gmail.com.

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