Enjoy a selection of artwork from the Annual Art Ability Exhibition and Sale, which began the first sunday of November. The exhibit is free and open to the public from November 5, 2017 to January 28, 2018.

2017–18 Featured Artist: Allison Merriweather, Houston, Texas

Faith & Love, acrylic on canvas by Allison Merriweather

Faith & Love
Medium: Acrylic on canvas

Allison Merriweather of Houston, Texas was born in California to a family of carnival workers and performers. Merriweather had traveled most of the U.S. by the age of 14. Though interesting, childhood was often tumultuous for Merriweather, who found a sanctuary in the small California ranch owned by her grandparents. Her early experiences on the ranch manifest themselves in her paintings, which consistently center on the theme of love and respect for animals. Living with dyslexia and dyscalculia often turns everyday actions into a challenge for Merriweather, yet she believes her experiences have given her a unique advantage as an artist. In her words, “I think in pictures and not so much in words. When I go about my daily life, often feel like I am underwater. Numbers on a clock appear jumbled, simple instructions are often incomprehensible and maps are impossible. When I sit down to paint it is like coming up for air. I find peace and safety in art.”