BRIDGEPORT — The second floor of the Margaret E. Morton Government Center transformed into a gallery Thursday evening with artists mingling among family and friends.

Golden narwhals swam in a blue and green ocean. A Mondrian-like grid of colors on a blue background caught eyes, as did dancers pirouetting against a rainbow of blue, brown, cranberry, red and tan. All the art is for sale.

More than 200 people were expected to gather during the launch of the Kennedy Center’s annual calendar — “A Unique Perspective.”

“It’s like the Academy Awards for our artists,” said Marty Schwartz, president and CEO of the Kennedy Center. “It gives us an opportunity to showcase the great talents of our artists.”

The Kennedy Center is a non-profit rehabilitation facility in Trumbull. it currently supports more than 2,000 individuals with vocational, residential, educational, therapeutic, social and recreational programs and services.

Molly Hauser, of Shelton, was one of the 58 artists whose work was on display at the launch. Her work is showcased for next December; she was the artist for November.

“I like the experience,” Hauser said of the launch. Her work has been featured in art shows in Fairfield County beyond her involvement with the center.

The center’s art therapist, Katie Loux, said the center’s expressive art program — Maggie Daly Arts Cooperative — opened in May 2014 and more than 300 artists are enrolled.

The calendar and its launch is made possible by a partnership between the center and the People’s United Community Foundation — established by People’s United Bank in 2007 to help support activities and programs for community members.

Armando Goncalves, People’s United Bank’s market president for southern Connecticut, said the bank has been involved with the Kennedy Center for more than 30 years.

“It’s a very special tradition,” Goncalves said. “It’s nice to celebrate the artists’ talents.”

Ryan Gall, of Stratford, whose work can be found on the January page, said he likes to work in different media. “I’ve been doing art a long time.”

The center’s art therapist, Katie Loux, said the work will remain on display on the second floor of the government center until the end of January.

“They feel like they’re celebrities when they’re in the calendar,” Loux said. She is one of the co-managers of the calendar project.

“It really boosts their confidence,” said co-project manager Wendy Bloch. “It’s something for them to work toward.”