World Down Syndrome Day Set, Local Exhibit To Open

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Work by Boca Raton's Karen Klinetob will be displayed as part of World Down Syndrome Day.

BOYNTON BEACH, FL ( — Work by a Boca Raton's Karen Klinetob will be on display as the Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization recognizes World Down Syndrome Day on March 21st.

From the organization:

In recognition of World Down Syndrome Day (March 21st), Very Special Arts (VSA) will be exhibiting their artists’ works at the Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization Resource Center located at 915 S. Federal Highway in Boynton Beach. The exhibit will be open weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from March 3rd through March 28th. The display will include representation from the digital art/photography, pottery, sculpture, jewelry, glass fusing, mixed media, abstract painting, classical painting, watercolor painting, and drawing/cartooning programs offered at VSA. The artwork will be available for purchase.

One of the featured artists will be Karen Klinetob, who has Down Syndrome. Holly Bennett Sharp, VSA Arts Coordinator commented: Karen’s work has vibrant color and always stands out As a participant with VSA for many years, Karen has become a very popular artist and is a joy to be around! Her contagious laugh and smile makes each program that more enjoyable. Karen and her family are very happy to share her artwork with The Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization. . Karen resides in Boca Raton.

World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated throughout the world on March 21st. The date was chosen because people with Down syndrome have 3 copies of the 21st chromosome. The goal is to promote knowledge and understanding, seek international support, and achieve dignity, equal rights and a better life for people with Down syndrome everywhere.

Terri Harmon, Executive Director of Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization, stated: We are so excited to commemorate World Down Syndrome Day with an exhibit of art work from participants in the Very Special Arts Program. It is a wonderful way to remind our community that people with disabilities have many capabilities, which often can be expressed in amazing art.



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