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From left, Verve Vertu artist assistant Paige Hudock, West Pittston, and Misericordia University occupational therapy student volunteer Molly Betz, Tamaqua, look over the work by Verve Vertu artist Sean Lambert, Pittston, as he works on a large wooden butterfly. The butterfly is one of the more than 30 pieces of whimsical artwork that will be on display in the ‘Whimsy & Wonder’ exhibit opening with a reception and film screening Friday, April 6, at Misericordia.

The Pauly Friedman Art Gallery at Misericordia University, the Verve Vertu Art Studio, the Misericordia Student Occupational Therapy Association (MSOTA) and the university’s Department of Occupational Therapy are hosting, “Whimsy & Wonder,” an evening of art, film and music to benefit the Verve Vertu Art Studio on Friday, April 6.

The event begins with the screening of the film, “I’m An Artist,” at 6 p.m. in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall on campus. “I’m An Artist” is a film about students with learning disabilities at special needs schools who achieve confidence, positive reinforcement and hope through art programs.

Following the film, there will be an opening reception for the “Whimsy & Wonder” exhibit, on display April 6 through June 2 in the Friedman Art Gallery. The exhibit features works by the students of Verve Vertu Art Studio, 24 Main St., Dallas. Verve Vertu is a community art center of the Deutsch Institute, and provides recreational and leisurely activities to people with special needs, as well as art classes for members of the community. The studio enables the artists to tap into their creativity using a wide range of mediums, including watercolors, acrylics, fibers, batik, wool needle felting and inks. Gwen Harleman is the director of the Verve Vertu program.

MSOTA is hosting the event as a benefit in support of Verve Vertu, which is an affiliate of Misericordia University, and numerous occupational therapy students volunteer at the center to provide therapy to the artists. Donations will be accepted at the door. Verve Vertu will use the proceeds from the event to purchase art and studio supplies, such as paint, brushes, ink, canvas and fabrics, along with a variety of other artist’s tools and media.

Thirty-three Verve Vertu artists will have their works on display during the exhibit. Greater Pittston residents participating are: Monique Dennis, Exeter; Mary Jo Evans, Wyoming; Shaun Lambert, Pittston; Sherry Pudim, Exeter; Desiree Reed, Wyoming; Christine Snedeker, Wyoming.

Beyond Harmony, the Misericordia a capella group, will perform during the reception.

The Friedman Art Gallery is open free to the public. The gallery is closed Mondays, all university holidays, and during any inclement weather delays or closings at the university. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.

For information about the benefit, contact Gwen Harleman at the Verve Vertu Art Studio at 570-675-1465.