Lupinacci Honors Special Needs Artists With Family Residences And Essential Enterprises (FREE)

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Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci hosted Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE) to honor special needs artists participating in FREE’s Fine Art and Art Therapy Programs at a Meet the Artists Reception, joined by Town Clerk Jo-Ann Raia, Heckscher Museum of Art Executive Director Michael Schantz and Huntington Arts Council Executive Director Marc Courtade at Huntington Town Hall on December 12.



FREE Director of Art Therapy Ed Regensburg and FREE artists presenting a Partnership Award to Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci.

“Allowing the Town to host such an event and share it with the greater community is something that will bring more awareness to the benefits of art therapy and help more individuals with Autism and other special needs express themselves through the hidden language of images, colors and symbols,” said Supervisor Lupinacci. “We have had quite the positive reception to the art exhibition in the weeks since it has been installed. The pieces bring life and warmth to the walls of this building, so thank you to FREE and to the artists for sharing yourselves with us through your art.”


Heckscher Museum of Art Executive Director Michael Schantz and Huntington Arts Council Executive Director Marc Courtade delivered remarks on the importance of art in the community and our culture. Ed Regensburg, Director of Art Therapy at FREE, discussed the art therapy process FREE’s programs undertake and the importance of art therapy.


At the ceremony, Supervisor Lupinacci presented proclamations to the artists in attendance, after which FREE and the artists presented the Supervisor with a Partnership Award.

Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci and Diane Cheslok with her painting, “Early Development,” which was purchased by Joshua Price, Chief of Staff, and hangs in the Supervisor’s reception area

The collection, entitled “Revelations,” were created by individuals with Autism and other Special Needs who participate in Fine Art and Art Therapy programs at FREE. The artists’ works were on exhibit and for sale, with proceeds benefitting the artists and their programs, at Huntington Town Hall from November 27 through January 8, 2019. Several pieces from the exhibition were sold, including one sold to Joshua Price, Chief of Staff to Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci, who donated the piece to the Town. The piece now hangs in the reception area of the Supervisor’s office.


Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci and Town Attorney Nicholas Ciappetta purchased one of the pieces together as a gift for Deputy Supervisor Pat Del Col, who had expressed her admiration for the piece before the end of the exhibition and is retiring in late January after 25 years of government service to the Town.

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