Fuscos earn plaudits for their artwork

Christopher Michael Fusco and his mother, Linda Fusco, of Washington are among the winners in this year's "Change Juried Exhibition of Visual Art" by artists with disabilities.

The Fuscos' piece, "Crazy Ladies Having Tea," a 22 by 14-inch mix of color and black ink, will be part of a touring exhibit around Connecticut to promote the awareness of the abilities in those with disabilities.

Their work, along with others, will be displayed during Region 15's 22nd annual gallery opening today (Friday), April 30 from 6 to 9 p.m. and tomorrow (Saturday), May 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pomperaug High School in Southbury.

This is the second award for the artists.

Christopher, 17, and his mother received honorable mention in the Richter House Art Association Juried Art Show in October.

The artists are also the creators of a new Web site, www.CMandMomArt.com.

Christopher, who has cerebral palsy, is bound by a wheelchair and multiple physical and verbal challenges.

His mother writes poetry and short stories.

In addition to their artwork, the Fuscos are involved in several local non-profit organizations.

Christopher won a bronze medal in bowling last November for the Waterbury Strikers in Special Olympics.

He is also a veteran rider of 13 years at Little Britches Therapeutic Riding in Roxbury.

Mrs. Fusco is a member of the board of directors at Little Britches and Camp Care in Columbia.