​​Art Created by People on Autism Spectrum Generating buzz

The Daily Gleaner

A new art exhibit is giving people on the autism spectrum a new way to express themselves, say those behind the project.
The collection, a partnership between Autism Connections Fredericton and the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, features a mixture of mediums - from paintings and pen, pencil and charcoal sketches to photographs and computer-generated images.
Jennifer Hunter, Autism Connections Fredericton's opportunities development manager, said the pieces debuted during an exhibit at the college in late April, but they're now on display at the autism centre's facility on Lincoln Road.
They'll be open to public viewing year-round during operating hours and, so far, she said, the response has been phenomenal.
"A lot of the artists, the families are really enjoying being part of something so special, and being able to celebrate their artwork," she said.
"It's been really nice for the artists to gain this exposure in the community, and to share their artistic talents."
Rick Hutchins, the centre's executive director, said the idea came from Meara Landsburg, who worked as a summer intern at the centre and who now attends the craft college.
"One day she was drawing on a sketchpad. I said: 'Wow, you're a really talented artist.' We started talking and we came up with this idea of how we could celebrate art," he said.
"We asked for art from the autism community. And we got it from all over - from people who make art as their profession down to young kids."
Landsburg said she's proud and honoured to see so many artists contribute to the collection.
"It makes me feel important and honoured," she said in an emailed statement. "Autistic artists have put their work on display for the world to see their talent."
Some contributors are non-verbal, said Hutchins, and it can be difficult for them to express themselves. But creating art has always been a vital outlet, and now they can reach a broader audience, he said.
"For them, the art is an expression, a way for them to use their talents," he said.
"This is an example of their creativity."
During a recent ceremony to unveil the exhibit at the centre, Hutchins said many attendees mentioned the project helped strengthen the feeling of community.
"A lot of these artists have used the centre. It was special to see their faces as they saw their art up on the wall. It gives self-esteem. It celebrates inclusion," he said.
"It's a good feeling."
Some of the artists have priced their works for sale for the public as well.
He said the response has been so positive that it may spread to other communities.
"We've had some other autism centres around the province saying: 'What a great idea. But we're not sure we could do it.' Well, we said: 'Maybe we could take this on the road?'" he said.
"If they'd like to have an art exhibit, we could bring our stuff, and they could add some local pieces. They thought that was pretty cool."

Adam Bowie 
Reporter | Brunswick News Inc.


Full List of Patrons




New Brunswick College of Craft and Design
Fredericton Community Foundation

Fredericton Direct Charge Co-Op

Margaret Hamilton 

Aitken's Pewter 

St. Louis Bar & Grill 




Haynes Family
Nashwaaksis Lions Club
Hutson Myles, BMO Global Asset Management
Felix Dupont, Fidelity Investments Canada

Walmart Fredericton Southside Supercentre
Michael A. Elliott, 4th Artillery Regiment, 

Royal Canadian Artillery

TTEC Canada 

​Fairstone Financial

Rise Home Designs Inc. 




Colin Carnell, TD Financial Trust
Isaac’s Way
Banks Professional Painters
Paul and Liz McDonnell
John Cowper-Smith
Fredericton Lions Club 
​David Gorveatte 

McInnes Cooper

Balance Psychology Clinic

Nashwaaksis lions club

Marysville Y's Men Club

Aura Whole Foods

 Kin Club of Nashwaaksis 

Vince MacDonald 




NBTA Credit Union
Gallery 78
Beaverbrook Art Gallery
Fredericton Inn
Hutchins Family
Judy McKinney
Greg Forsythe
Trish Fournier-Hoyt
Barbara D’Entremont
Kim MacKeigan
Monique Lavigne
Ginette Hannan

Katie Hammell 

Amberee Hardy 

Samantha Landry
Kinsmen Club of Fredericton

Covey Basics

Atlantic Superstore 

Jack's Pizza

Oromocto Pizza

Dimitri's Souvlaki Restaurant

Stortec Inc. 

Northrup Homes

Jumping Jacks Children's Boutique

Become a Patron of the Art Gallery

On behalf of Autism Connections Fredericton, I invite YOU to become a patron of the Art is a Spectrum Gallery Project. This exciting new initiative celebrates the artistic talents of those with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the greater Fredericton Community. The Art is a Spectrum Gallery is the first of its kind within the province on New Brunswick. 

Autism Connections Fredericton provides community support and awareness among parents, educators, professionals, and people living with autism. With 1 in 68 children today being diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, we are finding the needs of our community to be growing exponentially. Funds raised through the Art is a Spectrum Gallery Project will be used to fund the gallery, as well as to support the many programs Autism Connections Fredericton Provides to the community such as:
Resource Library
Support Groups
Family Activities, such as Bowling, Sensory-Friendly Movies, and Social Groups
Community Outreach and Education
The ‘Art is a Spectrum’ Autism Art Gallery

Donations can be made through our website or by check to Autism Connections Fredericton. If you have any questions, please contact us at 450-6025, or acf@nb.aibn.com.

We thank you in advance for your consideration in supporting our very worthwhile cause.

Warmest regards,

Rick Hutchins
Executive Director
Autism Connections Fredericton
Registered Charity Number: 8123 64420 RR0001