Our calendars feature original paintings that were created as part of the Art Together Project. People with and without developmental disabilities collaborated on paintings that reflected their view of an annual theme. The partners worked together to share their thoughts and ideas on to canvas. Each paintings tells a unique story about the artists and their views of what brings people together and what brings them joy.
Melina Boote & Dianne Henderson
We thought that “two pears” would show how we work together as a pair, painting and enjoying the togetherness of our art.
Rose Marie Hayward & Ivana Svadlenova
We started painting with our hands to draw the first face. Then we thought a horizon would be better and painted freely, then our painting finally had a real face!
We picked some avocados as a main fruit and later added some red tomatoes for brightness.
There is always time to have breakfast together.
Who would like to join us?
Linda Staudacher, Eresi Bira & Caroline Short.
A big smile can brighten anyone’s day. Take a look around you and smile
at the person next to you!
Lawrence Atwater & Alex Richmond
Lawrence likes to draw circles. Alex thought it looked fun so he joined in! Then they realized their painting looked more like fruit loops than anything else, so they went with it.
“Guy’s Fruit Bowl”
Guy Holland & Monika Nagy
I took a look at my fruit bowl and thought it was a good thing to paint.
Ryoko Mishma & Philip Beeby
Philip wanted to draw a reflection of a person’s smile, so we made a big smiley face with fruit.
“Go out for Smoothies”
Patrick Byron & Emily Ostapovitch
Some people go out for drinks at Metrotown. Going out for smoothies is wonderful!
Christina Bruce & Zenaide Correia
Our minion lady decided to put the fruit on her head to better carry it to the picnic site where she will serve the rest of the banana hungry minions.
The banana sun kindles her journey.
“Go Bananas and Mangoes”
Delinda Perry & Lauren Pais
We live in a house called unity
and given the opportunity,
we paint pictures of fruit and primates to boot and
that’s how we build community.
We thought it would be spunky
to paint a picture of a monkey
and we included some fruit and you cannot
dispute that the painting turned out very funky!
“Incognito – Fruit in Disguise”
Mary Hillhouse & Jennifer Rodriguez
Mary and I painted this in hopes of tickling the imagination of those who see it. This abstract idea came from the children in our hearts who still believe anything is possible….even a purple banana.
We hope our work puts a smile on your face.
“One Apple Tree”
Niall McNeil & Jackie Zhuang
Niall has spent a lot of time at his uncle’s apple farm. He wanted to do a painting that would remind him of that farm. And Jackie likes apples too.
“The Apple Tree”
Arthur Hutchinson & Scott Barber
Apples are good. We like apples. Stars are good as well.
Trees are good too. We both like trees.
“The Arrow Theorem”
Conrad Der & Peter McKinley
If I cannot have the ideal number of apples and bananas do I declare myself as either an apple man or a banana man and just abandon one fruit to achieve my ideal?
No. I’ll trade off apples and bananas at the margin until I find the best outcome.
I will have to give up some of both.
“Fruit that will last – bananas”
Theresa Meyers & Fairy Lagrada
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last. – John 15:16b
And yes, why bananas? Anytime. Anywhere. No shortage.
Sue Allen, Fei-Fei Peng & Jane Suh
Kiwis, watermelons, lemons, blueberries, oranges and pineapples.
Gwenda Dunlop & Jenn Smith
You might be able to guess what our painting is about by looking at the colors. Still guessing? Our painting is about our shared love for blueberry and banana smoothies, and the joy that comes from spending Sunday afternoons painting together. And in case you’re curious, here is our recipe, it’s enough for two to share.
1 cup of blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1 cup plain yogurt
A generous spoonful of honey.
“Fruits in Words”
Paul Kierans & Petyo Brodnan
We wanted to depict fruit in words.