A myriad of colors, canvasses, and crafts lines the walls and halls of AHRC New York City’s Brooklyn Day Habilitation Adult Day Center. From an origami-inspired tabletop piece to a large quilt depicting social justice figures and phrases, the artwork featured here showcases a wide variety of talent and personalities. A number of the works will be featured as part of the Arte Moose Collective, which is launching a website dedicated to featuring the artists and their pieces in the near future. Each of the artists participating in the art collective will be featured prominently on the new site. Each artist brings a unique perspective to their shared experiences in the day program and in their surrounding community.
Chad DeRoche is a founding member of the Collective and his work is quite varied. Chad is visually impaired and has taken up sculpture and tactile works to combat this.
Chad’s most recent project is an amazing model of what appears to be a towering roller coaster surrounded by a red house and trees. He has had his work exhibited at Kingsborough Community College and the Pratt Institute, each located in Brooklyn.
Fernando Cruz has been inspired to create his art both from his personal life and from artistic experiences out in the community. His most recent work, Mexico, made from a piece of board left over from Chad’s sculpture, resembles a Jackson Pollock painting he saw at MoMA and celebrates his national heritage.
Fernando recently visited Mexico and said “I liked it and I loved the food!” Fernando’s other works include Bones I and Bones II, both of which were inspired by an exhibit he saw at Atlantic Center about bones.
Gifford Moy, the youngest member of the collective, focuses mainly on sculpture. He recently made a colorful tabletop decoration based on origami techniques, fusing paper and different kinds of tape together; it is fittingly entitled One of a Kind.
Gifford also crafted The Honeymooners, two movie stars made out of wood and clay who travel around in their Honeymoon Special Cars. The young artist created a stop-motion animation film starring his creations that premiered at the FiveMyles Gallery.
Denisha Brown‘s art features jumbled colors of varying hues coming together to form intricate patterns and grids. Her work is meticulous and takes hours to complete.
Denisha’s magnum opus thus far is Sopido Torpedo, a remarkable work in which various pastels and paint fuse to create a world of complex drawings and M.C. Escher-esque designs.
Alexander Torres focuses primarily on painting. His work features all types of imagery, including religious, social, personal, and athletic perspectives. The paintings alternate from bright, warming colors to dark, brooding ones.
Perhaps the piece most indicative of Alex’s style is The Boss, which is part tribute to George Steinbrenner, part self-portrait, and entirely eclectic.
Supporting each of the artists as they create each new project, Community Support Professional Megan Hummell, provides direction and opportunities for artistic exploration. She recognizes the importance of creativity as a means of self-expression. Each artist featured in the collective works closely with Megan to achieve their artistic vision.
With a background in art education and having displayed some of her artwork as part of a special staff artwork exhibition in the lobby of AHRC NYC’s Maiden Lane headquarters, Megan is thrilled to share her gifts and knowledge with all of the people she supports. “I love working here because I get to actually see the power of art impacted,” she says. “It helps give them the power to use their free time productively.”