Many Happy Returns


“Many Happy Returns: A 35 Year Retrospective of Short Center North” celebrates the artistic achievements of artists with developmental disabilities from the Short Center North and is on display at the Verge Center for the Arts through Dec. 21. 

The exhibition will include 200 pieces created by more than 120 artists since 1978, the year the Developmental Disabilities Service Organization founded SCN as one of the first day centers in the Sacramento area to employ professional artists as arts mentors for adults with developmental disabilities. The show will provide a chronological survey of more than three decades of work since the SCN’s inception in mediums that include painting, sculpture, animation, assemblage and fiber arts. These talented artists have exhibited their work not only in Sacramento, but also at national institutions like the National Folk Art Museum in Washington D.C., the Outsider Art Fair in New York City and the Ames Gallery in Berkeley.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a live performance by client artist Ellen Bourdreaux at the opening reception on Thursday, Nov. 6 from 6-9 p.m.; a pop-up shop hosted by Verge; and an online version of the retrospective hosted by the DDSO’s Virtual Feast website at

For more information, call (916) 448-2985 or visit The Verge Center for the Arts is located at 625 S St.

Who: Short Center North
What: “Many Happy Returns: A 35 Year Retrospective of Short Center North”
When: Through Dec. 21
Where: Verge Center for the Arts, 625 S St., Sacramento