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An opening reception for "Everyone Needs Art: An Exhibit by Jalyn Weston" is scheduled 5:30-7 p.m. Friday, July 22, at The Arts Center, 320 N. White St. in Athens, Tenn.

An opening reception for "Everyone Needs Art: An Exhibit by Jalyn Weston" is scheduled 5:30-7 p.m. Friday, July 22, at The Arts Center, 320 N. White St. in Athens, Tenn. 

The 13-year-old artist will be on hand to informally discuss his work. Jalyn, of Sweetwater, Tenn., began drawing as a toddler while receiving services to address a developmental delay.

Jalyn was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder at age 4 but has exhibited work and spoken publicly about the positive impact of the visual arts on the lives of people with disabilities.

Art has been credited for helping to advance his language and social skills. He works primarily in watercolor, ink and acrylic, and his pieces have been exhibited at major venues. The exhibition continues through Friday, Aug. 26.

Those attending the opening reception may stay for a presentation of "A Day in the Life" by Theatre Camp participants at 7:30 p.m.

Both events are free.

For more information, call 423-745-8781, email office@athensartscouncil.org or visit www.athensartscouncil.org.

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