GREENSBURG – An eclectic blend of piano tunes converged with an artist’s canvas to form an afternoon of unique local entertainment for clients of Decatur Developmental Industries (DDI) Tuesday.
Consumers of DDI, the local affiliate of Developmental Services, Inc. (DSI), were treated to a concert by Arts and Cultural Council of Decatur County (ACCDC) executive director Bill Rethlake, while the large group also received a painting lesson by local artist Billy Dilkes.
Both men appeared as DDI’s community guests, bringing the joy of two different forms of art to an enthusiastic audience, several of whom are artists in their own right.
Rethlake set up an electronic piano near the facility’s work area and played a selection of well-known pieces that ranged from Beatles’ hits to those of the Doors.
The accomplished pianist was joined by numerous DDI clients who danced and sang throughout the program as well.
Rethlake said “Rocky Top” and “House of the Rising Sun” proved to be especially popular, as did requests. Rethlake said if he knew it, he played.
“They seemed to enjoy it,” Rethlake said of his audience’s enjoyment of the show. “The more fun they have, the more obnoxious I get,” Rethlake said with a laugh. “And then the more fun they have.”
He added that everyone has a talent, in one form or another.
“Everyone has a gift; it’s our job to share that with others.”
Billy Dilkes, who hosts “Gallery Night Out” each week at Greensburg’s Art on the Square Gallery, painted a canvas of flowers for DSI, which will remain at the workshop as a memento of the day’s festive atmosphere.
Dilkes recently conducted a “Gallery Night Out” exclusively with DSI consumers who took brushes in hand to create masterpieces of their own.
For Dilkes, working with individuals with disabilities has been a rewarding experience.