Man with Asperger's syndrome finds calm in his art

For John M. Williams, the world is a strange and chaotic place. It's confusing. It makes him anxious.

But Williams has a place of refuge when the world gets to be a little too much.

He has his art. And his art makes everything better.

"It's like trying to hold something at bay," says Williams, 33, of Winchester, Mass. "It's one of the ways that I can perhaps make sense of things."

Williams – who was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome at a young age — says his cut-paper collages of landscapes and historical figures mirror the way he sees the world: Fragmented and disorienting with thoughts constantly swirling through his head.

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Artists with Asperger's offer their works in Watertown

Andrew Novis has been painting bold, wavy, colorful works of expressionist art for long enough to fill his Medford apartment.

But on account of a neurological condition, he never had the wherewithal to sell his work — until this year.

The situation has changed in a big way for Novis, a 50-year-old landscaper who has Asperger’s syndrome, an autism-spectrum disorder that can affect social skills and executive function. He’s sold seven works and grossed more than $800 with help from a two-year-old artists’ collaborative organized by the Watertown-based Asperger’s Association of New England.

Works by more than 30 artists like Novis, whose disorders give them distinctive perspectives, for the first time will be featured in the Watertown...

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AANE Artist Collaborative To Be Part of Watertown Open Studios

The AANE Artist Collaborative is proud to announce that it will be apart of the 2013 Watertown Open Studios Program.

On Saturday, November 16th and Sunday, November 17th, (12pm-5pm) the artists will be displaying their art along with being on hand to present and discuss their work with you! 

Visit them at the AANE Office at 51 Water Street, Suite 206 in Watertown, MA

Collaborative Artist John M. Williams Featured in Huffington Post

April 14, 2013, Huffington Post

John Williams enters the room in a formal button down blouse, a hefty portfolio tucked under his arm. When he speaks, words tumble out, both his passion and nerves on display without pretense. His eyes light up as he unveils and explains his work, though eye contact is rare. Williams is a collage artist and history buff who has struggled with Asperger's Syndrome throughout his life.  Read full article!

Annual Art Exhibit on October 13, 2012

The AANE Artist Collaborative is pleased to announce our Annual Art Exhibit on October 13, 2012. The show will take place during the AANE Annual Asperger Syndrome Connections.

The art show is free and admission to the conference with Tony Attwood is not required to attend the Art Exhibit.

Location: Boston University

Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm

For more information about the Artist Collaborative please visit our website.

Please contact us with any questions about the art exhibit or to join the collaborative.