By ASHLEY BERKERY
It’s no doubt that The Exceptional Foundation in Homewood, founded in 1993, has seen its fair share of exceptional children come through its doors. They are a creative, social and active bunch, always brainstorming unique ways to raise money for their organization.
On September 22 at 6 p.m., the Birmingham Young CPA Chapter along with the Exceptional Foundation Artists will host the 8th Annual Exceptional Masterpieces Art Show, Pieces of Yesteryear. The art show, a culmination of a year‘s hard work and artistic endeavors, will take place at The Exceptional Foundation in the gymnasium. Painted canvases and hand-crafted items will be for sale, with proceeds directly benefitting The Exceptional Foundation.
“I love the art show and The Exceptional Foundation,” Exceptional Artist Stephen Dabney said. “I like to help set up tables and chairs. I like to go to the art show and see all of the paintings and spend time with my friends.”
Stephen has been working extremely hard on his fish painting that will be available at the art show this year. “My painting reminds me of the summer, and I love the summer,” Dabney said. “I like to go to Lake Martin and fish on the dock.”
Tickets are $35 for individuals. A VIP package may be purchased for $250 which includes an early preview from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., two VIP tickets, specialty cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a live art demonstration by Exceptional Artists and the first opportunity to bid on silent auction items. To purchase tickets visit the website, www.exceptionalfoundation.org, call 870-0776 or stop by Hunter’s Cleaners.
Sponsors include Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, EGS Commercial Real Estate and Jemison Investment Co., Inc.
The Exceptional Foundation is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that strives to meet the social and recreational needs of the mentally and/or physically challenged population of the greater Birmingham area. The foundation receives referrals from schools, providing services for the school-age exceptional population during after- school and summer hours. More critically, the foundation fills the gap for exceptional people who reach age 21 and can no longer find opportunities for social interaction within the school system. They ensure that participants are able to take field trips, compete in sports, socialize and meet new people in supportive settings.