The Westerville Department of Parks and Recreation will bring a day of arts activities to the community center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave., Feb. 26.

The Westerville Department of Parks and Recreation will bring a day of arts activities to the community center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave., Feb. 26.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be an artists' reception and presentation of awards for Accessible Expressions Ohio, a juried art exhibition featuring works by artists with disabilities from across the state.

The exhibit, which features more than 100 pieces, will be set up at the community center through March 30. It will then travel to other locations throughout the state.

This year marks the third year that Accessible Expressions has begun its statewide tour at the Westerville Community Center, said Phyllis Self, Westerville recreation and operations superintendent.

The show is a good fit for Westerville because the community center has ample hanging space to showcase artists' works, and it provides a central location to bring together artists from across the state, she said.

Self, who helped bring the show to Ohio after sitting on the Accessible Expressions board, said the exhibition shows a variety of works from artists of all ages and ability levels.

"The work is just absolutely unbelievable. It's just so unique and it's so different. There's just some of everything," Self said. "It also just shares with the public what people can do. I think that's the thing that has attracted me to it."

For artists with disabilities, the community center will host a workshop on pricing and selling their works and on how to get their works into other art shows.

"It's mainly so we can give people a little more self-confidence, make sure their work is viewed on a more professional level," Self said.

The workshop is open to any artist with a disability; it is not limited to artists who have works in the show.

Those who are interested in participating in the workshop, which costs $20, should call VSA Ohio at (614) 241-5325.

The fourth annual Sights and Sounds Art Festival is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 26. The free arts festival will provide residents of all ages with hands-on activities, allowing people to create pieces they can take home with them.

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