A new art exhibit featuring the creative works of Long Island students with autism that opened this week is helping raise funds for nonprofit groups raising awareness of the issue.

The exhibit, titled “Perspective,” reportedly features 70 pieces from students in 10 schools across Nassau and Suffolk counties. It opened Tuesday and runs through Sunday at the nonprofit Art League of Long Island in Dix Hills. A reception is scheduled for 1-3 p.m. Saturday.

“Showcasing the positive rather than the negative,” is the goal of the exhibit, according to its organizers. “Come and support the tremendous artistic talent of these young artists with autism.”

The fourth annual Art Exhibition Fundraiser Celebrating Young Artists with Autism is presented by the Kiwanis Club of Huntington Children’s Foundation, Inc. in association with the Art League of Long Island.

Partners include the Brookville Center for Children’s Services, the Gersh Academy for Students on The Autism Spectrum, the Long Island Development Corp., the Long Island Small Business Assistance Corp., the North Shore Autism Circle, Nassau BOCES, Western Suffolk BOCES, Nassau Suffolk Services for Autism, Adults and Children with Learning and Developmental Disabilities and the Family Center for Autism and Life’s WORC, which was founded by Long Island Press co-publisher Vicki Schneps.

The Art League of Long Island Is located at 107 East Deer Park Rd. in Dix Hills. Refreshments will be served at the reception. Admission is free, but a $10 donation is appreciated, as are raffle basket donations. The gallery is open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends. For more information visit artleagueli.net

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