Art by students at Southboro-based New England Center for Children will be on display at an open house from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 9 in the waiting room gallery at J. White's Automotive, 1800 Worcester Road (Route 9), Framingham. 

The young artists from NECC, an international agency that serves children with autism, range in age from 3 to 22. The display will also include work from artists with ArtLifting, an organization that sells originals and prints of artwork by homeless and disabled people. 

"We're very thankful to J. White's for coming up with an innovative way to fundraise for our students. What J. White's is doing is so important for our students, and sets a great example for other businesses in our community," said NECC CEO and founder Vinnie Strully. 

There is no set price for the students' artwork. Buyers are encouraged to pay whatever they are comfortable with and consider it a donation to NECC's Annual Fund. 

The proceeds go to the fund, which provides materials for art and music and to buy library books. NECC's annual fund makes it possible for students to participate in activities such as a prom, a field day and bowling trips. It also provides funding for iPads, computers and other communication devices used by the students. The money also allows for renovations to student residences and has been spent on new playgrounds. 

NECC started the special student art program last year. Some student artwork will be included in NECC's 12th annual "A Night of Music" event to benefit the students. The gala, featuring Dan Rea of WBZ NewsRadio as the emcee, will be held Nov. 1 at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, beginning at 6 p.m. 

The evening will include cocktail hour, dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions and musical performances by NECC students, Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Jazz Ensemble, Medwin Honors String Quartet and Stage Band, along with jazz vocalist Linda Dagnello. 

Some student artwork will be included in the silent auction. The live auction will also feature a commissioned piece by a 12-year-old NECC student.