Local artists are painting their way to a brighter future, showcasing their often overlooked talents at a three-day art show held at the University of Calgary.


The artists are clients of Calgary Urban Project Society (CUPS), all of whom are “extremely economically challenged,” according to Margaret Carlson, special projects coordinator with CUPS.


If the eager artists are sober when they attend the Monday and Tuesday afternoon classes, they’re provided with free supplies and a quiet place to work.


“The program has really influenced their self-esteem,” Carlson said. The show is selling the artwork from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. until Thursday with all proceeds going to the artist.