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Poetry In Color Art Show Opens At Developmental Disabilities Institute’s Main Street Masterpieces Art Gallery In Smithtown

Participants in Developmental Disabilities Institute’s (DDI) Adult Day Program have created an impressive array of art as part of the new Poetry in Color art exhibit at the Main Street Masterpieces art gallery in Smithtown. The visual representations and interpretations are inspired by various written works, presenting poetry as an art form. Located at 9 W Main St in Smithtown, the public is welcome to make an appointment to visit and enjoy the exhibit, which runs through November 11th

The 30 canvas paintings and mixed media works for the “Poetry in Color” exhibition, bring to life some of poetry’s most famous works. Featuring iconic literature, the public is sure to recognize, this exhibition highlights the skills and talents of people with differing abilities. 

“Creative and talented artists at DDI have dedicated their time and skills to generate these exceptional pieces,” said Juliana Dennis, Art Teacher and Art Gallery Assistant for DDI. “Most of the artwork from the exhibit is for sale, with 100 percent of the proceeds going directly to the artists.

The Main Street Masterpieces gallery is a unique space for artists with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities to express themselves creatively. The artwork is displayed throughout the year as part of various themed exhibits for friends, family members, and the wider Long Island community to enjoy.  

“The gallery is an essential part of our Adult Day Program as it gives the people we support an opportunity to showcase their amazing artistic talents. We commend all of the artists for their hard work, and we welcome, by appointment, visitors to get a first-hand look at their masterpieces,” said Sherry McKeown, Administrative Director of Adult Day Services for DDI.  

The exhibit is available for virtual viewing online at In addition, in-person visitation appointments at the Main Street Masterpieces art gallery are available for this exhibit through November 11. Please see their calendar on the website below for open, in-person visitation hours. 

For more information about Main Street Masterpieces, please visit their website  

To learn more about DDI, visit

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