Artists with autism based in central Oklahoma plan art show in the Paseo

An art group known as Bee's Knees is part of a summer art camp for adults with autism in central Oklahoma. The artists are working on a July 6 show in the Paseo Arts District in Oklahoma City.
by Robert Medley Published: June 18, 2012

— When adults with autism got together to come up with a name for their therapy group three years ago, it was about a lot more than the art.

There were the issues of working with others, interacting and just being in a group — all challenges for those on the autism spectrum.

The group came together to make and sell crafts, such as painted coffee mugs.

Art was a common interest that created a bond. And they became serious about their art.

They call their group Bee's Knees. And they have a following.

“They have their little fan club that follows them around,” said Dee Blose, mother of artist David Blose. “It's like a little following of people who like to come to all of their stuff, people who are enamored with the kids and think what they are doing is really great.”

Fans started following the group on Facebook and followed their blog.

‘Big Swanky Art Show'

Bee's Knees artists and some new artists with autism ages 16 to 29 will take part in an art day camp Monday through Friday at Canadian County Youth and Family Services.

Their work will be exhibited July 6 at Rainbow Fleet, 3024 Paseo Drive in Oklahoma City.

Melinda Lauffenburger, executive director of Autism Oklahoma in Edmond, is a sponsor for the project that has been named “The Big Swanky Art Show.”

A video documentary is being made about the art camp and show project, Lauffenburger said.

David Blose, 23, draws and paints pictures about technology; most pictures have a computer in them.

He expects to come up with more ideas at the camp, where he will be surrounded by people who struggle with social interaction, but who have found a way to share a passion for art.


by Robert Medley
Breaking News Reporter
Robert Medley has been a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1989, covering various news beats in the Oklahoma City metro area and in the Norman news bureau. He has been part of the breaking news team since 2008. A 1987 University of Oklahoma...
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ONLINE

For more about the Bee's Knees, a group of artists with autism, go to beeskneesonline.org.

For information about “The Big Swanky Art Show,” go to autismoklahoma.org/Events.

For more information about Youth and Family Services, co-sponsor of the show, go to www.yfsok.org/BeesKnees-Special-Needs-Education-Program-Oklahoma.

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