Color Our World



COVID has challenged us all. The Arc has not been spared but has responded. What has been gray and foreboding on our worst days is also, on our better days, filled with color and hope as we keep people safe, healthy, and happy.

COVID hit all of our services in a way that required creativity, tenacity, and new delivery systems. Plus, the economic cost has been severe as well. Thankfully, new grants and generous contributors have closed some of the gap, but we are not out of the woods yet. Art in the Round is but a small sample of the beautiful colors that people with disabilities offer to our world. Your contribution to our Color Our World campaign is for now in this great time of urgency – and for beyond – for a more beautiful world where we are all valued for our talents and unique abilities.

Color Our World replaces the normal live mission appeal at Art in the Round and these funds are critical. Donate directly to the campaign, or even better, visit the site and set up your own page to crowdfund from your own friends and family to benefit The Arc.

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NEED HELP SETTING UP YOUR FUNDRAISER?

We encourage you to watch this video that outlines simple instructions on how to create your own Color our World fundraiser. If you are completed stumped, please reach out to us at contactus@thearcbaltimore.org for technical assistance.

HALL OF FAME ARTISTS

Personalize your page with your own motivation to support The Arc, or adopt one of our Hall of Fame artists to fundraise in their honor. The hall of fame artist photos and bios are below:

Alan Crocker

Alan Crocker

Alan has been painting and enjoying CCBC art classes at The Arc in Dundalk for the past six years. This
year he venture to take a class The Arc was offering on Zoom with several others – with his favorite art
teacher. Alan finds painting relaxes him and particularly enjoys paintings animals and landscapes. He
hopes to return to in-person classes next year.

Andrew Pope

Andrew Pope

Andrew is a self-taught artist who became interested in creating by watching his mother and enjoying
art books. He enjoys painting portraits and landscapes, though has ventured into abstracts in recent
years. Art has become a wonderful self-expression in his spare time when not working for a downtown
law firm. Andrew was an early graduate of Project SEARCH.

Andrew Sweeney

Andrew Sweeney

Andrew is a self-taught artist who has always been inspired by comics and cartoon characters and more
than one Art in the Round patron owns a Superman or Spiderman that Andrew created.

Crystal Wagner

Crystal Wagner

Crystal has enjoyed CCBC art classes for year at The Arc’s center in Dundalk and this year ventured to
take a virtual art class The Arc offered with her longtime favorite teacher. Crystal has presented so many
pieces at Art in the Round over the years and a beautiful flower centered with actual sunflower seeds
was the promotional art and poster in 2010. Crystal also presents of gift of her art each year when she
visits her legislators at Developmental Disabilities Day in Annapolis.

Diana Ernst

Diana Ernst

Diana has brought her photography to Art in the Round for many years. A self-taught photographer,
Diana shares her expertise by teaching workshops at the Workforce Technology Center. Diana loves
photographing nature to express herself and it relaxes her.

Eric Reyes

Eric Reyes

Eric started with art therapy at eight years old, and now art is a passion and he devotes several hours a
day to painting or drawing. He enjoys painting and drawing landscapes and cartoons with intricate
detail. Erik also channels his energy into running and swimming nearly every day.

Gregory Bannister

Gregory Bannister

Gregory has been a much loved part of Art in the Round for years with his beautiful abstract paintings.
His art continues to evolve and always draws competitive bidding. His work has been featured by Make
Studio and the Maryland Arts Council. Gregory is a self-taught artist and paints as much as he can when
not at work at Hampden’s Harmony Bakery.

John Pfeifer

John Pfeifer

John has become a favorite at Art in the Round over many years, always bringing new forms of
expression whether with acrylic or watercolors. He has enjoyed his CCB art classes at The Arc’s center in
Dundalk for many years and enjoys mixing it up with flowers, animals, and landscapes.

Julian Hinmon

Julian Hinmon

Julian is self-taught and has been making art for as long as he can remember. His imagination and
expression come through in the many animated characters he creates digitally and in paintings, as well
as other free form work. Julian exhibited a dozen larger than life cut-out paintings of his characters in
the 2019 Art in the Round. Julian creates and exhibits with Make Studio and he works at the Sprouts
market in Towson.

Katharine Peck

Katharine Peck

Katherine is a certified ESL teacher and self-taught professional landscape and portrait photographer.
She has been exhibiting her photography at Art in the Round for years and always submits beautiful
landscapes that truly capture nature’s beauty.

Lindelle Horne

Lindelle Horne

Lindelle enjoys painting images of seascape filled with mammals like dolphins, though it was his 2019
painting of “Peanut”, an amazingly colorful image of an elephant that is serving as this year’s
promotional art and poster for 2020. Creating art gives Lindelle a sense of completeness and happiness.

Lisa Kearney

Lisa Kearney

Lisa is a self-taught artist; she enjoys using paint and glitter to create animations. Creating art makes Lisa
happy and proud. Lisa is a graduate of Project SEARCH and recently accepted a new position at LA
Fitness.

Maria Rosner

Maria Rosner

Maria has been taking CCBC led art classes at The Arc’s center in Homeland for the past six years. She
painting landscapes and flowers. Maria’s painting, Maryland Blues sold for the events highest ever live
bid. This year, Maria took her art class on Zoom. Maria works at Mercy Ridge and lives with her husband
Danny in Nottingham.

Melissa Burdine

Melissa Burdline

Melissa has enjoyed art classes over many years, and last year was mentored by professional artist
Ernest Shaw. More recently she has found painting at home to be soothing in this time of COVID, and
has been enjoying remote classes The Arc is offering. Melissa hopes more normal days will return when
she can attend in-person classes at CCBC.

Melissa Jane Dockery

Melissa jane Dockery

Melissa is a self-taught artist who has been drawing since she was young and has learned much from
craft and art books. Her creations are always unique and popular with Art in the Round guests. Melissa
enjoys many forms of art and never gets bored; she always finds something new to focus on that please
her and so many others.

Michael Bennett

Michael Bennet

Michael always brings dramatic, bold paintings to Art in the Round that often have hidden images not at
once seen. He is largely self-taught though he has sharpened his work through art classes at Baltimore
City Community College. While painting landscapes and seascapes relaxes, he particularly enjoys
abstracts that let his imagination run wild.

Nadia Strasbaugh

Nadia Strasbaugh

Nadia is a self-taught artist who has been interested in art since she was a teenager. She prefers
photography and mixed media for sculptures and fashion design. Her pieces that are formed with
miniature photo images woven together to show a whole new image. She loves fashion and hopes to
someday be a fashion designer.

Robert Jefferson

Robert Jefferson

Robert takes CCBC art classes at The Arc’s center at Homeland and has missed these classes since
COVID. Robert always enjoys using acrylics to paint animals and his “Rob the Frog” piece was selected as
the 2015 promotional art and poster. Robert also enjoys working with clay at Baltimore Clayworks.

Robert Kirkendall

Robert Kirkendall

Robert is self-taught and has been creating unique art his whole life. He finds materials for his 3-D
sculptures everywhere and is known for churches, boats, houses, and as he calls them, his “dummy”
figures. Some even have built in clocks! Robert thoroughly enjoys himself and delights in gifting his
sculptures to many – and you will see many if you ever walk through The Arc offices.

Shane Hargest

Shane Hargest

Shane is self-taught and has enjoyed painting for most of his life. His work always delights with an
artistic infusion of glitter amid many painted hues. His art is generally abstract and shows his many
emotions.

Steve Morris

Steve Morris

Steve is self-taught and was inspired when he saw the painting of a guitar at the Hard Rock Café. He likes
to create pictures of flowers and guitars. He sees his art as a way to keep the world nice. Steve works
through The Arc’s landscaping contracts and is in the agency’s Community Living program.

Wil Manokey

Wil Manokey

Wil is always enthusiastic over his participation at Art in the Round and one year when his piece was
selected for the Live Auction, he was beside himself as bids went higher and higher. Wil has been taking
CCBC-led art classes for 10 years at The Arc’s Homeland center. He loves impressionistic art, landscapes
and still life.

Will Stocker

Will Stocker

Will is a self-taught artist who has always enjoyed art. He mainly uses acrylics but also uses tempera and
spray paint to create abstracts. Art is therapeutic to Will and allows him to express himself. Will serves
on The Arc’s Board of Directors.