• Abilities Expo Houston Event
    August 4 - 6, 2017
    NRG Center (Formerly Reliant Center), Hall E
    Fri. 11am-5pm | Sat. 11am-5pm | Sun 11am-4pm

Experience the Creativity

Here's what we did in 2016. Stay tuned for 2017!

Please check back three months
before the Expo for the new schedule.

The area's most celebrated artists with disabilities will feature an eclectic mix of original, unforgettable artistry. From drawings and paintings to books and t-shirts, their amazing works will be available for appreciation and purchase. Artist Market sponsor VSA Texas challenges perceptions of how people contribute by creating an arts-inspired, inclusive community of individuals with diverse abilities. They are an expert resource on inclusive arts – creating and maintaining an accessible and open community where everyone can participate. Their goal is to provide support and training to the public, enhance personal growth, and offer Texans access to the creative work of people with diverse abilities. Learn more at www.vsatx.org

Ability Shirts – Handmade Items

Ability Shirts

We the Team at Ability Shirts believe that anyone with a so-called “disability” has a unique ability and can do many great things with a unique ability you just have to believe in yourself! We sell awareness merchandise some of which is handmade by individuals with unique abilities, please visit our website for more information or to purchase our awareness products which we donate a portion of our sales back to a local deserving nonprofit organization at the end of the year

Brian Dodd – Paintings and Gift Items featuring his Artwork

Brian Dodd is an autistic adult who has always loved drawing creatures of his imagination. Brian was diagnosed with PDD-NOS, autism, in October 1992 just shy of his fourth birthday. He attended pre-school at the Westview School, but he was ultimately mainstreamed into HISD.  Brian graduated Lamar High School in 2008. Encouraged by his friends, Jay and Sherry Chatfield, who own the Copper Cactus in Ingram, Texas, Brian began to put the ideas from years of his drawings of the creatures of his imagination onto canvas in 2009. His works are primarily acrylic on canvas where he shares his sense of humor in the names he gives to his creations. Brian is pursuing his studies at Houston Community College and he continues to paint his own creations. 

Daniel Smith – Portrait Drawings

Daniel Smith works in pencil on paper. He can draw most anyone from a photo. Come by his booth to see his portraits of notable figures such as Hillary Clinton or Prince or have him draw your portrait on the spot.

David Green – Paintings


David Green’s abstract paintings represent wild rainbow colors and heaven in the sky.

Lesa Jackson – Paintings  

Lesa Jackson paints with acrylic on canvas. Her theme this year is “Whimsical Flair” and her booth will feature bold, colorful, alluring original artwork filled with Love.

Maria R. Palacios – Books

Maria R. Palacios, the Goddess on Wheels, is an author and spoken word artist. She will be selling her book: Criptionary, Disability Humor & Satire which is a fun and dynamic collection of words that address life with a disability from a humorous and politically incorrect perspective. Criptionary highlights disability pride, disability history and the resounding message of hope, power and activism that exists in the disability community.  http://www.goddessonwheels.com

Una Lau – Music Boxes/Wood Boxes/Posters


Una Lau is a visually impaired poet, singer and song writer. She wrote a musical "Silana", see Silanathemusical.com to recount her experience as she was losing her sight. The loss of vision  was a pivotal point in Ms. Lau's life. She embarked on a musical journey and became an artist. She learnt to play the piano, guitar, Er-hu and drums. She wrote the poems for her posters, which were produced with the assistance of graphic artist, Tom Yim, her brother. Mr. Yim has an art gallery in Hawaii. 

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