The Windsor Art Center will exhibit ArtSparks: The Emotion of Line, Color, and Space from November 19, 2020 through January 10, 2021. This exhibition features paintings by more than 20 senior citizen members of ArtSparks, a program created by HARC to support individuals with intellectual and related disabilities. As visual artists, they creatively use line, color, and space, to speak wordlessly to us of their feelings, perceptions and stories. Regardless of our strengths or disabilities, we humans have a need to create. Since art offers endless possibilities for transforming those images or ideas in our heads into something tangible, art is empowering for all of us. Drawing us into their worlds, the artists represented in this exhibition invite us to feel the ways our lives resonate with theirs and to be inspired to express our own worlds through art.

From Diana Minisci Appleton, ArtSparks Founder & Instructor about ArtSparks

ArtSparks was created as part of Harc’s Life Enrichment program, a day program for senior citizens with intellectual disability. In making and showing their art, our artists have gained a tremendous sense of community involvement with their exhibit, satisfaction in their accomplishments, and pride in seeing their work valued, respected and purchased. Artsparks paintings and other products are for sale, and since 1995 the ArtSparks artists have had sixteen dedicated shows and participated in twenty-five group exhibits. They have collectively earned over $15,000 with the sale of their original paintings, benefiting both Harc and themselves.

About Harc:

Harc, Inc. was founded in 1951 by parents of children with intellectual disability, long before programs and services were available. We help people with intellectual disability and their families by advocating for their human and civil rights and by providing community-based services throughout their lives. Their grassroots efforts led to partnerships with generous individuals and corporations to raise funds and create life-changing programs. Harc programs have national accreditation and licenses.

Today, Harc provides special needs support for a lifetime. Harc’s services begin at the birth of a child and support them throughout their life journey with programs such as Early Intervention & Autism Services, Recreation, Summer Camp, Behavioral Health Clinic, Supported Employment, Employment Readiness, Adult Day Services, Elderly Enrichment, Residential Services, Respite Care and Family Support.

Several events/workshops will complement the exhibition.

  • Opening Weekend: Thursday, Saturday, Sunday • November 19, 21, 22. FREE


  • Artist Talk: Sunday, November 29, 3:00 – 4:00pm. ArtSparks founder & instructor Diana Appleton will speak about the artists and the inspiration for this series of artwork. FREE   


  • Film Friday (TBD): Friday, December 4, 6:00 – 8:00pm. An old fashion movie night with popcorn and pizza! FREE


  • Workshop: Kids Sock puppets and storytelling: (Date/TBD) Kids and parents will enjoy creating Free sock  puppets.
  • Gift Shop Alert !!! ArtSparks Art Sox will be available in the Windsor Art Center Gallery gift shop! Get them while they last!


This exhibition is made possible with support by individuals, businesses, & organizations in our community.


The Windsor Art Center, Windsor, Connecticut, is a nonprofit organization that promotes the visual and performing arts and presents visual art exhibits showcasing the works of a variety of artists working in diverse media and genres. There is no charge to visit the gallery or the on-site gift shop which features locally made art. Parking is free and easily accessible. For more information on the exhibition, scheduled programs and exhibits, membership, and performing or exhibiting in the gallery, visit