Jackson held an art show on December 11 and we had about 60 people come by during our two-hour Holiday Sale and Show. We displayed pen and ink drawings that Jackson created in his art classes over the last few years. These will be on display at an Austin hair salon’s art gallery for the next three months.
We sold notecards, posters and tote bags with holiday themed artwork and we sold every holiday card that I had printed, about 300 cards in total. If you are interested in buying any of the art from the show, the best seller was “Jackson’s Self Portrait 2” and “Winter.” On our new Society 6 page, you can order any product you like with the images that are shown. I need to load more images. Jackson has thousands and I have just a few up there right now. A mom manager’s work is never done, as Jackson produces and produces.
We are pleased to report that Jackson chose the Autism Society of Texas as his charity to donate 10 percent of the gross profit from his Holiday Show. And when asked why he donated to the Autism Society he said, “I am a PROUD AUTISTIC. I have problems and they help me.” So, Jackson realizes that he has a great gift in his artistic talents, but he also understands that with his autism also comes great challenges that the Autism Society has always been ready to help with. I cannot thank the staff and board members enough of the Autism Society of Texas for all of their encouragement and support of Jackson and the rights of all children with disabilities.
Jackson was a little disappointed to discover that I was not handing him the profits from his art sold but placing it in his savings account. We are working this year with a special needs lawyer to create a special needs fund that can hold any profits that he is able to make from the sale of his art . One day Jackson will live on his own, and he needs a way to support himself. So, we are trying to get his art career going and giving him every opportunity to sell notecards, posters, mugs, etc.
Thank you to everyone who came out and supported Jackson, as well as everyone who bought online following the show. Many thanks to Bex+Co for inviting Jackson to display his work and in their generosity in hosting a lovely artist’s opening reception with food and drinks. We could not do this work of helping Jackson propel himself forward without the love and support of our larger community–businesses and nonprofits that kindly help out those with differences achieve their dreams.