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Andrew Novis has been painting bold, wavy, colorful works of expressionist art for long enough to fill his Medford apartment. But on account of a neurological condition, he never had the wherewithal to do business and sell his work — until this year.
That’s now changed in a big way for Novis, a 50-year-old landscaper with Asperger’s syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder that can affect social skills, language, and executive function. He’s sold seven works and grossed more than $800 with help from a two-year-old artists’ collaborative organized by the Watertown-based Asperger’s Association of New England .
Works by more than 30 artists like Novis, whose disorders give them distinctive perspectives, will be included for the first time in the annual Watertown Open Studios weekend, with this year’s installment taking place Nov. 16 and 17. The fourth-annual event gives art lovers a chance to visit nine locations, meet as many as 100 artists, and buy at prices that don’t include a gallery’s commission, which can run as high as 50 percent.