ATLANTIC CITY — The Arc of Atlantic County will host its first “Art of the Arc” show and art sale from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University.

The pieces that will be shown were created by individuals taking art classes at the Arc, which caters to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Any money made from sales at the Saturday show will go to each artist, as well as supporting the art programs within The Arc.

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Art acts as a therapy for people at The Arc, said Katherine Aikens, Arc Supportive Living Counselor and an ad-junct art professor for Atlantic Cape Commun-ity College, in a statement.

“At the heart of art therapy is the idea of one’s own self-exploration. This enables the artist to unlock the world of expression, emotions and also can provide a significant boost to their self esteem which they were previously unable to access,” Aikes said.

A silent auction also will raise money for adult and youth recreation programs supported by the organization. Light refreshments, raffle prizes, henna tattoos and other items will be included in the night.

“Before, all I had to say about myself was that I am an Arc consumer,” said Barbara N., one of the artists through the Arc. “Now I can say I am an artist. It makes me feel good.”

For more information on the event, visit arcatlantic.org.

Features reporter, Flavor magazine editor

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