Supporting persons with Disabilities in Enhancing their Quality of LIfe

'Fearless style' - Gala to showcase work by Artists of Opportunity

​Article by: Peter Freisen  Photos by: Tom Bauer

About The Artists of Opportunity

Artists of Opportunity

Brad Williamson finished his digital painting using his one working hand and a rollerball mouse. It took hours upon hours, but the end product — a bright, ethereal image — is one way he communicates without being able to move most of his body or speak. 

"That's kind of the outlet for him to express just how deep he is," Opportunity Resources Art Director Thomas Lind said. "I am just so amazed at the quality of the creativity."

Williamson is one of dozens of Opportunity Resources Inc. artists who regularly paint, make pottery and work on digital artwork with Lind. Later this spring, several of their pieces will be auctioned off at the annual Opportunity Resources Gala. 


The Opportunity Resources art program has been around for about 15 years, Lind said. It started as one of many choices the nonprofit offered its disabled clients, from card games to watching movies or going on outings.  

Six to seven serious artists started painting in a tiny room, with Lind eventually adding pottery and digital art options. Along with that, the artists' ranks swelled to around 40 regulars and more than 100 who come in on occasion to work on a piece, Lind said. 

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The Art Program is a significant part of ORI's heart and soul. The clients, staff, and the community have warmly embraced all the key elements of this program—acrylic painting, digital art, and three-handed pottery. 


A very high percentage of people with disabilities are quite gifted when it comes to expressing their sincere, unfiltered, feelings through art. The ORI art program is crafted to expose these beautiful treasures, as well as the incredible people who created them, to the community. 

The Artists of Opportunity currently have over 200 paintings on public display throughout Missoula and over 80 paintings on display at our Russell Street headquarters. More can be admired at Community Hospital and the Missoula Housing Authority’s office buildings.

All profits from the sale of ORI “Art from the Heart” are paid to the individual artist on a weekly basis. This year nearly $20,000 was distributed to the individual artists..

This year’s exhibitions have included: the Missoula Art Museum, the Federal Courthouse, Palace Art Gallery and e3 Convergence Gallery, plus the University of Montana Made Fair, ORI’s Spring and Holiday Shows, and the Western Montana Fair.

For more information, contact Thomas Lind, Art Director at thomasl@orimt.org

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