Artists often face challenges and roadblocks when they want to make a living with their art. Justin Canha, a Montclair-based artist with autism is no different. And like any artist with a true passion, he is willing to pursue different avenues to expose his artwork to as many audiences as possible. Late last year, Barista Kids told you about his wall calendar that helped raise money for the wonderful Montclair Developmental Learning Center. Now, thanks to local business Pigtails & Crewcuts, we have a chance to admire and buy his art for children right in town!
Di Wang, the owner of the Montclair Pigtails & Crewcuts, heard about Justin’s story and his fun and whimsical art, and she felt her customers would appreciate the chance to see it displayed. As a local business owner, Ms. Wang is very excited about supporting a local artist and is happy to contribute to supporting Justin on his goal for independence. The art is hanging there now – and available for purchase, so make sure to stop in and check it out!
For those who want to see Justin’s art online, you’re in luck! Melissa Wish, a local mom of two and licensed social worker, has assisted Justin in opening an Etsy.com store for his art. Paintings are on stretched canvas and ready to hang (all that’s needed is a nail!) or give as a gift. All profits go straight to Justin, each piece is marked just $20 over the cost of materials. If you don’t see a subject or color combination that you want, Justin is available for custom artwork, portraits, book illustration, goody bag items, and coloring books by request. Check out the current collection on Etsy here: Justin’s Corner.
Keep up with Justin’s art and his journey to financial independence on the Justin Canha’s Art Facebook page!
Stay tuned for information about “Don’t Foil My Plans,” a new documentary film about Justin by Ben Stamper. It focuses on defying the limitations of Autism to lead an independent life. It is meant to be an inspirational piece about pushing the boundaries of what is considered possible for those on the autistic spectrum, by providing a view of Justin’s pursuit of an independent life.