Orthodontist displays, sells art

Kelsey Bowling, of Sidney, adjusts a painting on display at Alvetro Orthodontics recently. Abstract paintings, handbags, jewelry and folk art by Spirit and Hands Art Studio artists will be on exhibit and for sale there through July.

SIDNEY — Alvetro Orthodontics has teamed with S&H Products to sell artwork in the orthodontics office at 1102 Fairington Road.

The artwork is on display and available for purchase there through July 31, and the Dr. Lisa Alvetro will host a free art gala and open house, July 16, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The public is welcome to view the art and make purchases during regular business hours, too. The office is open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Abstract paintings, folk art, jewelry and handbags have been created by artists in the Spirit and Hands Art Studio at S&H Products.

“I wasn’t aware that S&H Products had opened an art studio until I was at Special Olympics and they had a display there,” said Alvetro. “Our African art (which usually decorates the office waiting room) is on loan to the Hayner Center (in Troy), so I said to Susan, ‘Why don’t you bring all your art here?’”

“This is a wonderful opportunity for individuals to showcase their talent in the community. We really appreciate the partnership with Dr. Alvetro’s office,” said Susan Dlouhy, interim director of S&H Products.

Alvetro noted that the display has engendered many comments from her patients and their parents.

“It’s great because it starts the conversation about where it comes from,” she said. “What amazes me is how creative it is. I hope we get a nice turnout for the party.”

The office is also accepting donations of materials that the studio needs, including art supplies and items, such as old shoes, to turn into planters.

“We’re asking patients to bring donations. Sometimes when you complete a project, you have a little fabric left over or some paint that you think you might use again but you never do. It’s been fun to get patients involved. They’ve been cleaning out their closets,” Alvetro said.