Throughout the summer, artists from two agencies that use the arts to help the developmentally disabled – Depew’s Southeast Works and Buffalo’s Aspire – have been working together on an ambitious collaboration. And tonight, the fruits of that collaboration will go on view in the University at Buffalo Art Gallery in the Center for the Arts on the university’s Amherst Campus.

“Crossing Lines: Mind to Minds,” features drawings, sculptures, paintings and other art created using a novel “pen pal” approach. Artists at each organization would create works that would then be sent off to the other agency to be transformed and returned. This ongoing dialogue, in which artworks become templates for communication and engagement, serves as evidence of art’s power to communicate abstract ideas and to initiate conversations that might not otherwise occur.

The show also demonstrates how different working styles – Southeast Works’ focus is on found objects, Aspire’s on more traditional modes of art-making – can be combined to create something new and unexpected.

The exhibition, which opens with a reception at 5 p.m. today, will also feature a temporary assemblage created by artists from both programs as well as a performance from Southeast Works’ Chime Choir at 5:30 p.m. Call 645-6913 or visit

– Colin Dabkowski