Artists with disabilities showcase art in professional gallery
Caroline MacGregor April 4, 2013 | WGVU
disabilities have been busy submitting their work to the ACTion Art or a chance
to showcase their creations in a professional art gallery at ACT’s
headquarters. Each artist can submit up to three pieces of artwork.ACT
Executive Director Michelle Suchovsky says artists are coached on
how to market and sell their work.
"When we started looking at this show and what we wanted to do, what we heard from all of the artists - whether they had disabilities or not were some really common themes of feeling isolated."
part are eligible to receive two different awards: The ArtPrize Sponsorship
Award ..where three winners will be selected by a juried vote, and compete in
ArtPrize 2013, as ACTion ArtPrize artists. The second is the People’s Choice
Award where one winner will receive this award at the end of ACTion ART, with
public community voting taking place throughout the exhibit.
The artists have unique life stories behind their creations - including
Randy who is confined to Metro Health Hospital’s assisted breathing unit.
"What I think is really moving is that this is so real - this could happen to all of us. He went hunting, fell out of his deer blind and wasn't found until the next day. He is now paralyzed from the neck down and now lives at Metro Health's Assisted Breathing Unit."
Suchovsky says they started art program at Metro Health 4 years ago after
being contacted by the patient’s recreational therapist. ACT has helped
children at Mary Free Bed and also has a program at Spectrum Health.
Viewing hours for the artwork are as follows: Monday, April 8th through Friday, April 19 from
10am-6pm. Weekend Gallery Hours are Saturday, April 13, 9am-3pm and Sunday,
April 14, 1-4pm.
More WGVU News
Today Hop candy delivers flavor without the hangover GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. December 19, 2014 | WGVU Today is National Hard Candy Day. The ingredients for making hard candy is basic; syrup, citric acid, food coloring and flavoring. And for kids young and old it’s the flavor that matters. WGVU discovered a one-of-a-kind candy taste earlier this year at the American Homebrewers Association Conference held at Grand Rapids’ DeVos Place. ListenDownload US Senate race in Michigan drew $56M in spending LANSING, Mich. December 19, 2014 | AP The race for U.S. Senate in Michigan drew more than $56 million in spending from the campaigns and outside supporters. Snyder signs bills to streamline some courts LANSING, Mich. December 19, 2014 | AP Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation designed to streamline the district court system in Michigan by creating more flexibility for magistrates. Snyder signs bill to expand nuisance abatement LANSING, Mich. December 19, 2014 | AP Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation to expand local governments' power to file nuisance complaints against homeowners and businesses suspected of illegal activity such human trafficking or gun crimes. Michigan Lottery sales reach record $2.6 billion LANSING, Mich. December 19, 2014 | AP Michigan Lottery ticket sales have reached a record $2.6 billion in the 2014 budget year. Tighter Internet sales tax collections are OK'd LANSING, Mich. December 19, 2014 | AP Amazon.com and other online stores will have to collect Michigan's sales tax on purchases under legislation headed to Gov. Rick Snyder. 168-year-old Grand Rapids house restored as treatment center GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. December 19, 2014 | AP A 168-year-old Grand Rapids mansion has been renovated for use as a private treatment center for women with alcohol and drug addictions. Cyberbullying legislation sent to Gov. Snyder LANSING, Mich. December 19, 2014 | AP Michigan school districts would have to include cyberbullying in their anti-bullying policies and report bullying data to the state under legislation going to Gov. Rick Snyder. Michigan voters to decide road funding tax hike LANSING, Mich. December 19, 2014 | AP A proposed tax hike aimed at improving Michigan's transportation infrastructure and schools is heading to voters. Authorities: Man arrested in 1990 beating death GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. December 19, 2014 | AP Authorities say a 56-year-old man has been arrested in the 1990 beating death of a 23-year-old in Grand Rapids. 11 charter authorizes remain at-risk of suspension LANSING, Mich. December 19, 2014 | AP The Michigan Department of Education has decided to keep the status of 11 of the state's charter school authorizers at-risk of possible suspension. Michigan gets $349,000 in cell 'cramming' deal LANSING, Mich. December 19, 2014 | AP Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says the state will receive $349,000 as part of a $90 million national settlement with cellphone company T-Mobile.