Wallace Peck has been chosen by the Columbus Arts Festival to showcase his work June 1, 2 and 3rd when all of Columbus gathers downtown to celebrate the return of the festival to the riverfront.
The committee didnâ€™t know he was disabled.Â They saw a remarkable painter and wanted to introduce his work to a larger audience.Â Peck is one of eleven local artists who have been hand picked by the festival under their Emerging Artists Program.
â€œHis work has already seen quite a following in Columbus,â€ says Sharon Dorsey, Habilitation Coordinator and Art Facilitator at Open Door Art Studio, where Wallace does his work.Â â€œSo we submitted a collection of his work just like any other artist would and it ended up that they selected his work not knowing that he had any sort of disability.â€
You might have seen him in the May issue of 614 Magazine.Â You might have seen his work on Columbus Underground.Â Heâ€™s been getting a lot of attention lately because his work is narrative and memorable.Â Itâ€™s engaging.
â€œI paint people.Â People I know.Â People I trust,â€ says Peck.Â He has lost track of how many years he has been painting but every canvass declares a timeless affection for the people in his life.
Peck works out of Open Door Art Studio in Grandview along with dozens of artists who also happen to be disabled.
â€œItâ€™s simply a working artistsâ€™ studio,â€ says Dorsey.Â â€œAnd people come here like any other local Columbus artists, to their studio to create what they want to create.Â Â We just really provide the services and any instruction that they would need to get whatâ€™s in their head out on canvass, paper, sculpture, whatever.Â So yeah, Wallace is just like any other artists, he just comes here to work.â€
In addition to the Columbus Arts Festival June 1, 2 &3, you can see Wallace Peckâ€™s work at the Open Door Art Studio Exhibition Space June 9th through August 4th.
1050 Goodale Blvd
Grandview, Ohio 43212