Deck the Walls finds home at Cia Café

YES A Works will be featured at Cia Café in South Portland from November 6 through December 31. The exhibit, entitled Deck the Walls, will offer a wide range of art, from paintings and other wall hangings to ceramics, soft sculptures, fiber art and greeting cards. Chris Honess’s popular “I am the Manicotti” and “Eat Pizza Not Rocks” T-shirts will also will be available, in both children and adult sizes.

Fifteen artists will be represented in the show, including John Braiser, author of the Arrow Collection, who says he’s thrilled his arrows have “found a home.”

“We had been looking for just the right venue for them,” says Program Director Mary Jo Marquis of the approximately twenty featured pieces. Cia Café proved to be the ideal place.

Cia (which stands for “coffee, ice-cream, and art” and is pronounced “see-ya”) opened in 2013 in the Knightville neighborhood of South Portland and has already become a popular stop for fans of local art. Owner Jeannie Dunnigan, a successful artist herself, felt compelled to feature YES Art Works after a recent tour of the Saco studio. “I was inspired and impressed with everything!” Dunnigan says. “I got to see art being created and was lucky enough to meet the artists and see how it is presented. I look forward to sharing YES Art Works with all of my guests at Cia.” Dunnigan can usually be found behind the café counter, wearing roller skates. Visit ciacafe.com for more information about the cafe.

Deck the Walls will also feature bookshelves from Maine WoodWorks, a furniture woodshop owned by Creative Work Systems that builds a broad selection of stylish, durable and affordable hardwood furniture while also offering opportunities for employment and on-the-job training for people with disabilities. To learn more about Maine WoodWorks visit their website.

YES Art Works, also part of Creative Works Systems, provides artistic experiences and opportunities to individuals with disabilities. For more information, see www.yesartworks.org. Click here to learn more about Creative Work Systems.

Creative Work Systems is a comprehensive not-for-profit agency serving people with disabilities in Maine. Established in 1967, CWS provides support to hundreds of people each year in over 30 programs located throughout Southern Maine. Central to each and every service provided is the understanding that all people have a valuable contribution to make to each other and to society.