The debut of the Kennedy Center Calendar is one of the most greatly anticipated regional events of the year, as “A Unique Perspective” brightens the season with its vibrant artwork.

The 2016 Kennedy Center Calendar was recently unveiled at the Gallery@999 during a popular, annual reception.

Trumbull resident Lisa Kellersman of Trumbull was congratulated for creating “Colors” painting featured in The Kennedy Center’s calendar for January.

This year’s calendar is a tribute to the late Lois Gerety, a dedicated Kennedy Center art therapist for over 27 years. She was the creative force behind A Unique Perspective as a Project Manager as well as an enthusiastic goodwill ambassador for The Kennedy Center.

This annual holiday tradition began decades ago with major support from People’s United Bank and has continued through the generous underwriting of People’s United Community Foundation, its major sponsor. Over 750,000 “Unique Perspective” calendars have been distributed all over the world since The Kennedy Center Calendar was created over 30 years.

The calendar reception drew a crowd of 150 Kennedy Center supporters, clients and their families. Armando Goncalves, Southern Connecticut Market President, People’s United Bank, and Martin D. Schwartz, President and CEO of The Kennedy Center, presented personalized t-shirts to each artist during the awards presentation.

The beautiful, four-color calendar highlights The Kennedy Center’s Expressive Arts Program and celebrates the potential of all people through its monthly display of talent and creativity.

"We are delighted to continue to distribute the much-anticipated Kennedy Center Calendar, as it uniquely demonstrates the remarkable artistic abilities of Kennedy Center clients," said Armando Goncalves, Southern Connecticut Market President, People’s United Bank.

The calendar features the expressive, vibrant works of 20 Connecticut artists with disabilities and illustrates how people with disabilities can be productive, contributing members of their community.  Two of the featured pieces include group works from artists who collaborated in a multi-faceted arts program at the Kennedy Center’s Maggie Daly Arts Cooperative (MDAC).  Located in the Read’s Artspace building in downtown Bridgeport, this Arts Cooperative provides unique programming in mixed media, visual media, painting, music, dance, and yoga.

"The calendar has been a wonderful showcase for The Kennedy Center, demonstrating the diverse range of abilities of people with disabilities," said Martin D. Schwartz, President and CEO of The Kennedy Center. "People's United Bank and People’s United Community Foundation are exemplary corporate sponsors who have been distributing this popular calendar for over three decades."

Gallery@999 at the Margaret E. Morton Government Center has been transformed into a massive art gallery representing over 60 Kennedy Center artists and more than 70 paintings. The artwork will be on display for public viewing until the end of January.

Artwork featured in A Unique Perspective covers a variety of themes ranging from abstracts to still lifes. Each piece reflects the personal interests and feelings of the artists. Some are drawn with whimsy and playfulness and others by the natural expression, directness and simplicity of the works. Still others react to the color explosion and brilliance of the palette as the depths of imagination and creativity are explored.

As individuals, these artists have transcended their disabilities to reveal their own unique style, creative ability and spirit. Many of the artists have had their work published in the calendar for several years.

The color calendar was designed by Meghan Gerety, a freelance artist in Marfa, Texas and a former Connecticut resident, and was printed by Imperial Graphics of Stratford.