The Big Swanky Art Show Returns to Rainbow Fleet on August 7th

July 23rd, 2015
The Big Swanky Art Show returns to Rainbow Fleet, 3024 Paseo, as part of the First Friday Gallery Walk on Friday, August 7th.   The Big Swanky Art Show […]

The Big Swanky Art Show returns to Rainbow Fleet, 3024 Paseo, as part of the First Friday Gallery Walk on Friday, August 7th.   The Big Swanky Art Show provides 15 emerging artists, who have autism, a chance to display their artwork and tell their story.

“The Big Swanky Art Show is an annual event that allows artists with autism to work alongside local professional artists to create original collaborative masterpieces,” said Melinda Lauffenburger, Executive Director of Autism Oklahoma. “The Swanky program promotes creativity and using art to communicate.  It is a one of a kind experience for everyone involved.  We invite everyone to come enjoy the show.”

Lisa Robinson, Art Director from AutismOklahoma provides overall leadership for the Swanky experience.  Lisa has a passion for celebrating the unique gifts of each artists.  “This year’s experience includes some unique and different collaborative art projects.  It has been so much fun to work with each of the artists and see them grow in skills and confidence through this experience,” says Robinson.

“A medium like art can overcome any disability” said Dee Blose, Board President and YFS Executive Director. “The beautiful thing about this art show is all of the different strengths and interests that the artists bring to the table.  It is fun to learn from someone draws the best computers, pokemon, or animals.  Every story teaches us something new.”

The art show will feature individual and collaborative works as well as prints and cards.  A free gallery guide will feature the artists, the art process, and pictures of the completed art.  One of the goals of the Big Swanky Art Show is to show our community new possibilities for people who have autism.  “AutismOklahoma programs promote the beauty of Thinking Differently and what it means to be different,” says Lauffenburger.  To learn more about and the many programs and support groups they offer, visit .

The SwankyArt Show and Camp is a collaborative project between and Youth & Family Services of El Reno.  The Big Swanky Art Show is also funded, in part, by a grant from the Oklahoma Arts Council.


About is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides support for persons with autism and their families. Their vision is to help Oklahoma become more autism-friendly by bringing hope, empowerment and support to persons with autism and to help them reach their potential.   To learn more about and the many programs and support groups they offer, visit their site

About the Oklahoma Arts Council: The Oklahoma Arts Council is the official state agency for the support and development of the arts. The Council’s mission is to lead, cultivate and support a thriving arts environment, which is essential to quality of life, education and economic vitality for all Oklahomans. The Council provides more than 500 grants to over 300 organizations in communities statewide each year, organizes professional development opportunities for the state’s arts and cultural industry, and manages hundreds of works of art in the public spaces of the state Capitol. For more information, visit