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Photo gallery: Dedham 7-year-old has first art show

Posted by Emily Files  September 20, 2012 01:12 PM

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Bright colored crayon drawings fill a wall at the Dedham Square Artist Guild and give a glimpse into the life of 7-year-old Dedham resident Luke Barry.

Luke, who is autistic, communicates with his drawings in ways that he can’t with words, and this month, his work is being featured at the gallery to raise money for Community Autism Resources.

“Each pack of paper is 275 sheets and he goes through at least one of those a week, so I have at least 2,000 pictures that I could never throw away,” Jill Barry, Luke’s mother said. “But, I think they are pictures that people should see instead of just having them stored.”

Pictures include marching bands, a pirate ship, animals waiting to cross the street, penguins, a fish in a bowl, and dozens of other scenes from his life and experiences.

Members of the guild gathered Wednesday to view Luke’s work, and a public reception will be held at the guild Thursday at 6 p.m.

Jill Barry, a professional artist herself, said Luke is beyond excited to have his work and that she loves that the gallery is a chance for him to be proud.

“He knows he’s good at (drawing) and that’s important because he has to try so very hard with everything else,” she said.

Several professional artists attended Wednesday’s opening and many commented on the complexity that the seemingly simplistic drawings seem to have.

“I wish I could loosen up like this,” said Gary Koeppel, a Dedham-based artist. “These are so expressive and there is volume, depth, an awareness of composition -- you really see emotion that is not easily expressed.”

To see Luke’s work in person stop by the guild at 553 High St. Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.

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

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