Autism Day will feature demonstration by world-renowned savant artist

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Celebrated savant artist Michael Tolleson will put his special gift on display next month as part of the 13th Autism Day Washington celebration on August 10 at the Jubilee Farm in Carnation. The entire day is presented free of charge for participants and vendors.

Tolleson will produce an original acrylic painting from the center stage gazebo at the fun-filled day of free activities for families and caregivers of people on the autism spectrum. More than 400 people attended the event at the working farm last summer.

"Michael has generously agreed to donate his time and the painting he creates to help our cause," said Autism Day founder Lynn Banki of Sammamish. "Our goal every year is to provide contact with real-life resources available to families touched by autism."

Activities have been scheduled from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Tolleson is scheduled to begin his painting at noon. The completed painting will be donated to a charity that supports children with autism.

The fun-filled day will give families and caretakers an opportunity to relax in the peaceful surroundings of an actual working farm. In addition to the Tolleson exhibition, Banki said services designed specifically for adults diagnosed with autism have been added to the list of services that will be available.

The artist is best known for completing his impressionistic images of animals and landscapes in no more than 30 minutes. Shadows play a major role in many of his pieces. Tolleson has produced and sold more than 350 paintings in the past 24 months.

"These are not my images. I am only the vessel that holds the brush while the painting is being created," he explained.

Some recent creations by Tolleson are on display at his gallery at 570 First Ave. South near the stadiums in Seattle.

More information on the free Autism Day event is available online at

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