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HEART Inclusive Arts Community Brings Back the “Creative Misfits”



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HEART Inclusive Arts Community is back with their second year of “Creative Misfits,” a week-long fundraising event that includes a virtual art auction, online gallery exhibition, and, this year, the addition of a live rock concert. 

Originally a term of endearment that the members and mentors gave to themselves, “Creative Misfit” has grown into an overarching concept for the work of the HEART studio. It now serves as the theme of the artwork sought out for the fundraising auction. Artists frequently have finished work that lingers around their studio for months or years, not finding a buyer or a gallery to call home. These pieces are just as worthy and beautiful as the artist’s other work. They may simply be studies for larger works, an experiment in a new technique or medium, or a one-off exploration of a different subject. These works of art all belong under the title “Creative Misfits,” and are exactly the kind of pieces that HEART aims to collect from donating artists, and make available to the public in the virtual art auction.

This year’s lineup of professional artists from the Lowcountry and beyond includes returning favorites like Mary Edna Fraser, Susan Irish, and renowned disability rights advocate and artist, Oaklee Thiele. Among the newcomers to Creative Misfits are famed local artists Colin Quashie, Lisa Shimko, and Florida artist Viktor Bevanda, a thirteen year old with autism who uses bright, bold strokes and a wide array of subjects to express himself. There is even a notably unique contribution courtesy of Rough House Pictures, the production studio behind the box office topping Halloween franchise and the HBO comedy The Righteous Gemstones.

The Creative Misfits virtual art auction begins Sunday, November 28th and is open all week, through Sunday, December 5th.

To close it all out, the HEARTists will hit the stage at The Pour House in James Island for a live rock concert event, Creative Misfits LIVE! on Sunday, December 5th. Doors open at 5:30 pm, show begins at 6 pm.

HEART Inclusive Arts Community is a multi-disciplinary art studio working with adults with disabilities who want to grow and develop as artists, providing visual arts, music, writing, and performing arts mentorship, as well as community engagement. HEART has created a center where artists of all abilities work together to create something that enriches and transforms the community.

For tickets and more information, please visit HEART’s website,

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