New Jersey Jewish News: Robert Otterbine and Maria Fontanez, both in their 40s, have not followed traditional routes to becoming artists. Neither has had any formal training, and both took up their creative ventures as clients at the WAE Center, an alternative learning environment for adults with developmental disabilities that offers, among its menu of art programs, opportunities to take up painting, drawing, and photography.
Yet both have pieces accepted into juried shows. Otterbine’s Sharpie pen and ink drawing Songs of the Spectrum is featured in JCC MetroWest’s Twelfth Annual Gaelen Juried Art Show & Sale, on display at the Aidekman Jewish Community Campus in Whippany through June 26.
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