mural

[I] make no pretense of being the last word on the subject of autistic children. …more appropriate to call it one of the first words.

— Rosalind Oppenheim, Founder of Rimland
Expanding arts opportunities
The completed mural

Rimland’s art program has been expanding over the past few months, and the changes are quite noticeable at DT. In addition to daily craft projects, we have begun to expand our wall murals, not only to beautify DT, but to showcase the hard work and talents of the individuals at Rimland.

Work in progress
The penny table

We are also making a penny table—a table where the top is made of over 100 pennies that individuals have put together. Creating the penny table is both a fun exercise and a great way to practice fine motor skills.

Chalkboard

We have also installed chalkboards throughout DT, so that individuals can always stay creative and communicate in a visual manner.

State of the Art

Carolyn Keel, Tina Jones, and Bridget Crump pose with the completed mural.

Carolyn Keel, Tina Jones, and Bridget Crump pose with the completed mural.

Bottle and Bottega of Evanston, a wine and art entertainment studio offering a fun, unique alternative to an ordinary night out, has partnered with Rimland for the holiday season! In November, the studio hosted a community-focused art give-back event, with a portion of the proceeds going to Rimland Services.

An early sketch of the mural.

An early sketch of the mural.

A work in progress.

A work in progress.

From November 18-November 28, Bottle and Bottega guests got creative and collaborated on a community mural as they mingled and enjoyed wine.

Bottle and Bottega guests work on the mural.

Bottle and Bottega guests work on the mural.

The artists at work.

The artists at work.

On December 5, representatives of Bottle and Bottega presented the community mural to Rimland’s Executive Director Carolyn Keel, Associate Executive Director Tina Jones, and Associate Executive Director of Compliance Bridget Crump, who also added a few finishing touches to the artwork. The completed painting will hang in the reception area at Rimland’s Developmental Training and administrative headquarters. Read the Chicago Tribune account of the Bottle and Bottega-Rimland partnership here.

A composite view of Bottle and Bottega guests.

A composite view of Bottle and Bottega guests.

One part artistic adventure and one part cocktail party, Bottle and Bottega is great for get-togethers with friends, creative corporate retreats, or any special events. Evanston is just one of their studios. They have multiple studios in Chicago, in the state of Illinois, and throughout the country.