The Fine Arts Program
at Intandem in Niagara Falls encourages choice-making, self-expression and exploration of art materials. Weekly art activities and grant-funded workshops are available to participants in the agency’s day habilitation programs. These workshops – in addition to being held at our sites in Lockport, Niagara Falls and Wheatfield have also been scheduled for community locations including the Market Street Art Center, Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, Lockport Library, Our Lady of Peace Nursing Home, the Kenan Center, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, and Camp Happiness.
Artists have access to a variety of art materials. Projects include painting, printmaking, mixed media and 3-D projects. Mosaics, pottery and glass fusing add another dimension to the program.
Artwork is displayed prominently in our Niagara County sites as well as community sites under the title “Artisans Unlimited.” Our artists were featured in a show at Niagara University, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery through the “Matter at Hand” program, and at Mt. St. Mary’s Hospital and Health Care Center in Lewiston through a permanent exhibit space. In 2010, our artists won two ribbons at the Lewiston Art Festival – 3rd place in Mixed Media Category and Honorable Mention in Acrylic Painting.
Reaching the inner artist is something that Roberta Nickelsen, coordinator of fine arts for Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, believes can be found in every individual. Roberta combines her love of teaching with a passion for creating and appreciating art. Roberta splits her time between teaching at the three Niagara County agency day habilitation programs, located in Niagara Falls, Lockport and Wheatfield, and expanding outreach in the community to showcase completed works of art.