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ACT students explore abstract expressions

by (Artists Creatin...)

Submitted 03-13-2018 under NONPROFITS

For nine weeks, ten individuals have met for our Abstract Painting class on Tuesdays. Throughout the sessions, students have been given opportunities to explore various styles, emulate artists like Rothko & Mondrian, and play around with...

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To measure a year: Reflecting on ACT's apprenticeship program

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Submitted 05-24-2017 under NONPROFITS

On a bitter morning in January, I found myself on Division Street in Grand Rapids, in front of a painted window that read “Cerasus Studio.” To me, it felt like a normal Thursday—I had been spending an hour with ACT’s...

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In constant growth: ACT apprentice Chris Overway

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Submitted 05-01-2017 under NONPROFITS

“I will continue doing art and creating.” Chris Overway was in the midst of wrapping up some of his semester-long projects when we asked him if he would be able to talk with us about his art and the apprenticeship program. Chris was more...

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Visually captivating: ACT apprentice Michael Donnal

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Submitted 04-27-2017 under NONPROFITS

“Drawing and painting make me happy.” Michael Donnal was in the midst of wrapping up some of his semester-long projects when we asked him if he would be able to talk with us about his art and the apprenticeship program. Michael was more...

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Living vibrancy: ACT apprentice Colin Vanderveen

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Submitted 04-25-2017 under NONPROFITS

“When I draw, I feel good.” Colin Vanderveen was in the midst of wrapping up some of his semester-long projects when we asked him if he would be able to talk with us about his art and the apprenticeship program. Colin was more than happy...

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Beauty, abstract: ACT apprentice Mary Scovel

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Submitted 04-24-2017 under NONPROFITS

“Art is my favorite thing to do. I keep doing it because I enjoy it.” Mary Scovel was in the midst of free art journaling when we asked her if she would be able to talk with us about her art and the apprenticeship program. Mary was more...

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Kaleidoscope of feeling: ACT apprentice Tyler Vonitter

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Submitted 04-11-2017 under NONPROFITS

“I want my art to be like a kaleidoscope. I want people to look at it and see different things.” Tyler Vonitter was in the midst of free art journaling when we asked him if he would be able to talk with us about his art and the...

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ACT hosts the eighth annual ACTion Art exhibit

by (Artists Creatin...)

Submitted 03-20-2017 under NONPROFITS

An art show is among the most powerful experiences for any artist; they are given the opportunity to share their art with the world. The ACTion Art Exhibit is no different. Every spring, artists with disabilities gather to showcase their work,...

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Inspiration everywhere: ACT apprentice Reed Lewis

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Submitted 03-17-2017 under NONPROFITS

“I’m more of a do-er. I like to create.” On a Thursday morning in January, the ACT apprentices were installing their artwork at Cerasus Studio for their upcoming art show. We caught Reed Lewis that morning and got the chance to...

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Creating happiness: ACT apprentice Alison Ching

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Submitted 02-16-2017 under NONPROFITS

“Art to me means fun – it’s exactly how you feel.” On a Thursday morning in January, the ACT apprentices were installing their artwork at Cerasus Studio for their upcoming art show. We caught Alison Ching that morning and got...

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