Artist Joel Anderson presents the exhibition “One Image at a Time”

Christal Gaines-Emory

Special for village news

The exhibition “One Frame at a Time: Art, Life & Community” created by artist, speaker and author Joel Anderson will be on display at Fallbrook Library through January 3, highlighting many of Anderson’s collaborative works.

Anderson has expressed himself through art for many years and has gained experience through organizations such as the Fallbrook Art Association, D’Vine Path, Autism Tree Project Foundation and mainly Mozart. As an artist with autism, his art reflects his experiences, such as his piece “Colors of my Mind” which represents his synesthesia and the feelings he associates with certain colors, for example he associates the color blue with courage.

The Fallbrook Library was looking to showcase an artist with special needs when it came across Anderson, a Fallbrook resident.

“We really appreciate the staff at Fallbrook Library for hosting this exhibit,” said Sandi Anderson, mother of Joel Anderson and director of Anderson’s corporate programs, “Joel’s Vision Arts”. “All of his pieces have a story, which is why the library is the perfect place for his art.”

Anderson used this exhibit as an opportunity for artistic learning, as well as a way to spread joy to others.

“This exhibition has helped me grow as an artist and as a human,” he said. “It helped me develop my own skills, one step and one story at a time.”

Along with the show, Anderson is also promoting his “Smile Bags”, a kit he makes for children in need to make them smile. These kits are filled with art supplies, toys, and other gifts that will bring joy to a child.

Anderson has set up a donation box near the exhibit so the community can donate to help children in need around the world. So far, the Smile Bags have been delivered to children in 10 countries, including India, Peru and the Philippines. Not only that, but 10% of all his paintings sales are spent creating the Smile Bags.

Artist Joel Anderson presents the “One Picture at a Time” exhibit in the Fallbrook Library to bring joy to the community. Fallbrook Village News / Courtesy photo

Anderson has been called the “smile artist” for his dedication to bringing joy to others, through his artwork as well as his volunteer experiences. The “One Frame at a Time: Art, Life & Community” exhibition serves the same purpose, by showing these meaningful and unique works, Anderson hopes to bring joy to the community.

“My art is very colorful and meaningful; people like it, ”he said. Anderson hopes his art will inspire children to express themselves through art, and he hopes people will find joy in the wide variety of his work.

Anderson paints animals, people, objects, places and all of his art has deep meaning. Her final piece will be on display in Japan, and this piece features paintings of the eyes of her family, friends, mentors and idols. Anderson said he was very happy to be able to show the community his work through the exhibit at the Fallbrook Library.

Anderson also said he looks forward to continuing to grow as an artist and as a person through his work.

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