More than 80% of AWE students pick up a paintbrush for the first time in an AWE class, and we routinely see and hear from our students how art activates the imagination, improves focus, helps them to see things in new ways, and express complex emotions.


Each year we select over 100 artworks from approximately 400 pieces submitted for our Annual Exhibit. Our Life Stories Team interviews each selected artist and creates a brief biographical sketch. A professional quality photo is taken and paired with the biography to accompany the artwork on the show’s tour around the Bay Area. Each artist receives an Artist Page as a document of their achievement. Artist Pages from our Annual Shows are linked on our Annual Exhibits Page.

Click here to link to 2019 27th Annual Show Artist Pages

“I’m crazy about painting. When I’m painting I don’t want to do anything else. I forget everything else. Painting is better than science.”

Former doctor and current resident,
Lytton Gardens, Palo Alto

“I love to have a paintbrush in my hand and feel I live in another world when I’m painting. Sometimes I think – did I really do that? The paintings I made are my heart and soul and things I love. Art can bring out feelings you didn’t know you had. And best of all you can be yourself. It’s a good feeling to know I am an artist.

Ruth, age 92

“Look how absorbed everyone in the class is in what they’re doing. I like to draw people, to show their personality and their feelings. I practice in my room, too. All I do now is read and draw.”

Mary, age 72

Sample Artist Pages from 2018 26th Annual Show: