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'Swanky' movie shows artistic adults with autism in action

“Swanky: The Most Awesome Art Show Movie Ever Made By Everybody” is a documentary about a group of artists with autism preparing for an art show.
by Robert Medley Modified: November 18, 2012 at 6:43 pm •  Published: November 19, 2012

Davis, 32, has done promotional videos and other publicity for Autism Oklahoma for several years.

Last summer, he went to the “Big Swanky” art camp in the Paseo Arts District, documenting the work of the adult artists with autism who were painting and preparing for an art show.

Davis said he saw artists with autism have flashes of brilliance that fascinated him.

“There is so much going on inside these kids that we don't see,” Davis said.

“We only see the disability, but there is a whole world going on in them and it comes out in these wonderful moments and then we get a glimpse of them. It is beautiful and inspiring and you really learn a lot.”

Blose likes to work with plastic credit cards, gift cards and floppy discs. Davis said he asked Blose why he uses those for a canvas.

“He (Blose) started telling me about how there is so much waste with everyday plastic and how it all ends up in the landfill. He uses these credit cards and plastic to promote recycling.”

Davis said he has spent several months on “Swanky.”

“We're really just billing this as a community piece to really open people's eyes to what people with autism have to offer,” Davis said.

“They have something to share and a perspective about the world that is fresh and original. I hope people will be able to see that. We usually think of kids with autism, but these kids grow up and they become adults.”

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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Autism Oklahoma plans more creative projects for adults with autism who are interested in art, executive director Melinda Lauffenburger said. The second “Big Swanky” art camp and show is planned for summer 2013. For more information, go to

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