Additional Artist Info

 

01 - Lacey Arellano 

Grand Rapids, MI

Title: Sail Away

Charcoal

18x12”

Price: $10.00

Artist Bio:

I have been creating art for 9 years. My favorite color is red and I love pastel painting. I don't know how to swim, but I love the ocean.

 

Artist Statement:

I love boats and water because the ocean is really pretty.

02 - Kevin Arney

Grand Rapids, MI

Title: Reflections

Oil pastel & Watercolor

9x12”

Price: Not for Sale

Artist Bio:

I love to color. Coloring is very calming and relaxing to me.

 

Artist Statement:

Kevin created his artwork in an ACT art class called "Layers, Expressions, and Creativity."

03 - Ronnie Baker Woods

Delton, MI
 

Title: Curious About Insects

Photograph

20x20”

Price: Not for Sale

Artist Bio:

I'm a photographer and artist from Delton, Michigan. I studied Liberal Arts and was an actress in Ferris State University theater productions, and later in community and children's theater. Fine art exhibitions include Art Works in Big Rapids, Legacy Trust, Art Center of Battle Creek, Thornapple Arts Council "Art Hop," and ArtPrize. In 2013, I was awarded "Best of Show" at the Remus Harvest Festival Photo Competition.

 

Artist Statement:

I find beauty and inspiration in the outdoors. I've always loved science and have a never-ending curiosity about the wonders found in nature. I am drawn to macro photography because of my vision difficulties. Macro photos can show surprising, intricate details that are generally overlooked. You may think that insects are "creepy," but I think they're cool, awesome, interesting creatures!

04 - Will Bakhuyzen

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: Flash

Watercolor

12x9”

Price: $5.00

Artist Bio:

Will Bakhuyzen attends the Community Transition Campus program at CTC Straight and also participates in ACT's ACTion Drummers!

 

Artist Statement:

I love communicating through drawing.

05 - Carson Ball

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: Windy Blossoms

Acrylic

9x12”

Price: Not For Sale

Artist Bio:

Carson Ball is a cartoonist from Grand Rapids, Michigan. From a young age, Carson enjoyed drawing with his father, who helped to shape his artistic talents. Carson continued his studies through elementary and middle-school art classes. His chosen medium is pencil and paper, but occasionally, he will add paint to his artwork. As an artist, Carson is very 'in the moment' when creating. He states, “Ideas just drop into my head and I need to create right in that moment of inspiration.” Carson would describe his art as realistic cartoons.

 

Artist Statement:

Most of my art is realistic or out of this world, and I have been doing this kind of art since I was a young child. I practiced and practiced, and that's what makes me who I am as an artist.

06 - Joe Bargiel

Troy, MI
 

Title: They Live Under the Sea

Mixed Media

16x20”

Price: Not for Sale

Artist Bio:

Joe is a laidback kind of guy. He first started art classes because he really liked seeing his friend at class. He is still motivated to see his friend, but also feels proud and happy when he finishes a piece of art. He says he especially enjoys painting with watercolors. "I like brushing the color on the paper with the water." Joe struggles with language, social interaction, and focus. Art is both challenging and rewarding for him.

 

Artist Statement:

My grandparents live in North Carolina. I have loved going to visit them and going to the beach in the summer. I like the sound of the ocean. I like the feel of the waves. When I see the fish in this painting, my mind goes to the ocean and I'm rolling under the sea like a fish.

07 - Connor Barkhuff

Byron Center, MI
 

Title: Hammer Time

Paper Collage

30x28”

Price: Not for Sale

Artist Bio:

I am 20 years old. I like to do art like paint and clay. I feel awesome when I do art. I like to paint the clay I make.

 

Artist Statement:

I named my artwork Hammer Time. I like to use tools at home like hammers. I like to use tools at school like scissors, glue, paint brushes, and markers.

08 - CTC Art Intensives Class  

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: Small Town Perspective

Colored Pencil

32x39.5”

Price: Not for Sale

Artist Bio:

In Art Intensives class, 15 adult students from Kent Intermediate School District's Community Transition Campus attended art classes at ACT, under the instruction of teaching artist, Kathy Keehn. During their seven-week course, the students learned perspective and drawing. The CTC Art Intensives students are Maurice Beckford, Tiffani Beckwith, Chris Boylen, Aliyah Burrell, Logan Hoffman, Nerissia Lawrence, Keenan Miller, Jayna Mojica, Sean Pennington, Malechi Perez, Alex Philo, Rocio Sanchez, Kimberly VanOverloop, Nick Weidman, and Stephanie Worst.

 

Artist Statement:

Working within the artistic rules of perspective, we created a unique, collaborative town. Each element displays our individuality, whether in terms of our artistry or our personalities.

09 - Maurice Beckford

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: The First Ladies

Colored Pencil

12x9”

Price: $20.00

Artist Bio:

I was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I started doing art at a very young age. My dad taught me how to draw. When I do art, I put meaning into it and give it a little story. I also do art because it's therapeutic and it's calming. Walt Disney is an inspiration of mine as well. That's why I do art.

 

Artist Statement:

These are all the cartoon characters I've created over time. I have given most of them backstories, but not all of them. I just wanted to put them all in one picture. These are all strong women who are very powerful.

10 - Tiffani Beckwith

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: Daydream

Oil Pastel

18x12”

Price: $15.00

Artist Bio:

I am creative. I love animals. I am a hard worker. I am kind.

 

Artist Statement:

This is a picture of my art teacher, Steven, daydreaming, along with a cat.

11 - Emma Beeghly

Rochester Hills, MI
 

Title: Carnival Night

Ink

11x14”

Price: Not for Sale

Artist Bio:

Emma is a beautiful young woman, both inside and out. She has a huge heart filled with love and gratitude for all. Emma is very astute, yet cautious in her verbal and social communication. Her artistic expression and amazing imagination have always been her "happy place." Her sense of humor is her constant companion. Listen through these media and you will also be blessed with her incredible gifts.

 

Artist Statement:

Art is my passion. I am a joyful artist who loves to create. I work in almost every medium. I also enjoy singing and dancing. I try to bring beauty to the world in many ways. This piece was created using a variety of printmaking materials and tools. I used many colors and layers to achieve this Carnival Night. The moon shines bright with joy!

12 - CTC Art Explorations Class  

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: Distinctly Us

Printing on Canvas

16x20”

Price: Not for Sale

Artist Bio:

In Art Explorations class, 15 adult students from Kent Intermediate School District's Community Transition Campus attended art classes at ACT under the instruction of teaching artist, Sarah Scott. During their three-week course, the students learned about printmaking techniques. The CTC Art Explorations students are Allexis Bickford, Breanna Burgess, Alex Courtright, Jaime Faustino, Tevin Graham, Natalie Jensen, Zach Junge, Allan Milton, Jessi Misiewicz, Michael Pillette, Phillip Schuldt, Haylie Suwyn, Colin Vanderveen, Grace Vanderwall, and Choyce Woodberry.

 

Artist Statement:

This collaboration includes the individual work of several Community Transition Campus students from Art Explorations class at the ACT studio. Students created illustrations of the people or things most important to them, which included friends, family, and flowers. Students then used the print block to print on a variety of materials, including canvas.

13 - Chris Boylen  

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: My Friends

Tissue Paper Collage

15.5x12”

Price: $20.00

Artist Bio:

I am very patient and kind. I love to sing. I love the show, Glee, with my favorite character, Blaine Anderson. I enjoy playing football. I am a fan of East Grand Rapids High School. I like to dance. I would like to work at Culver's. I think wearing a suit and tie to work would be great.

 

Artist Statement:

I enjoy painting and drawing. I love ACT. I was recently in a performance that was put on through my ACT class. I am an avid singer in the school choir.

14 - Kyle Bueche

Byron Center, MI
 

Title: A Cross of Different Lines

Marker & Pen

12x18”

Price: Not for Sale

Artist Bio:

My name is Kyle and I love art and pottery. I started to draw line art back in 2018 and I have done a lot of line art since then. When I'm not working on line art, I love to watch sports, travel, go shopping, and look up information on high schools and colleges in Michigan. I also like to go hiking and hang out with family and friends. I basically like to stay busy and get out into the community by staying active.

 

Artist Statement:

Last year, I had a loved one that passed away, and with this ACTion Art entry that I'm submitting this year, I would like to dedicate this to him. For this art entry, you will see so many different lines that are formed out of a cross. The different lines that you see will be representative of my uncle who passed away. He was a Catholic and a Christian, and he will definitely be remembered forever. This is my Artist Statement and I approve this message.

15 - Aliyah Burrell

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: My Trip to Silver Lake

Tissue Paper Collage

11x17”

Price: Not for Sale

Artist Bio:

I am a 24-year-old girl with Down Syndrome. I love all kinds of art. My journey begins in grade school. I have always loved art. I remember when I went to ACT way back at CTC Mayfield with my parapro, Sue. Also, a long time ago, I helped at ACT's Festival Day at Lincoln Campus. I helped younger kids with their artwork.

 

Artist Statement:

My art entry comes from a vacation I went on with my mom and family at Silver Lake. The colors of water, sand, and sky. Summer colors. My happy place.

16 - Jaden Bushway

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: Tree

Acrylic

11x14”

Price: Not For Sale

Artist Bio:

Jaden Bushway is a cartoonist from Grand Rapids, Michigan, who describes himself as a very creative and friendly person. From a young age, he enjoyed drawing characters from Ice Age and Monsters, Inc., and his favorite medium is colored pencils and paper. Jaden deeply invests himself into every work he creates. When looking at his work, he wants the viewer to notice the skill level and the amount of time it took to create.

 

Artist Statement:

This is a painting of a tree, white clouds, blue sky, green leaves, brown, and green grass.

17 - CTC Eberhard Class

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: A Walk In Our Shoes

Mixed Media

44x5x42"

Price: Not for Sale

Artist Bio:

We are part of the Community Transition Campus Eberhard classroom, which is through the Kent Intermediate School District. We are between the ages of 18-26. We all have different types of disabilities but have many different skills and talents. We are working on building our skills at CTC and becoming more independent.  We are all trying to show our community that just because you have a disability, it doesn’t make you different than everyone else. We are young people on a mission to educate others about people with disabilities and to help make this world a better place. WE ARE MAKING A CHANGE ONE STEP AT A TIME! The CTC Eberhard students are  Jordyn Bykerk, Renee Erland, Brandon Hare, Robert Kuiphoff, Nerissia Lawrence, Toni Perdue, Dominic Russell, Rocio Sanchez, Martwon Scott, Thong Truong, and Nick Weidman.

 

Artist Statement:

Our message in this artwork is that no one’s journey is the same, especially if you have a disability. Our lives have been filled with unique challenges, discovery of our capabilities, and understanding ourselves. The color in our picture represents the beauty and uniqueness of each of us and of our stories. The footprints that are shown in the picture are our footprints. We want to spread the message that it doesn’t matter if you have a disability; you can do anything you want. People sometimes judge and think they know everything about you, but you never truly know unless you walk in someone’s shoes. We want to be looked at for our inside and not our outside. We want to be known for our abilities and not just our disability. We want to encourage everyone to love each other and accept each other. We can help lead the way; just follow in our footsteps.

18 - Brian Calderon

Wyoming, MI
 

Title: Arco Iris

Paper Collage

30x28”

Price: Not for Sale

Artist Bio:

My name is Brian Calderon and I'm 20 years old. I like to create new things with art by using paint and paper. I like my art to have lots of different shapes and colors. I started to enjoy art in middle school.

 

Artist Statement:

A video about Henri Matisse helped me know how I wanted to set up my artwork.

19 - Scott Campbell

Rochester Hills, MI
 

Title: Carnivorous Commander of the Underworld

Acrylic

16x20”

Price: $125.00

Artist Bio:

I am in the studio about 13 hours a week. I mostly do ceramics and painting. Painting is my passion. I often find myself painting with both of my hands at one time, as if I were conducting a symphony. The joy that making art brings me is indescribable.

 

Artist Statement:

This piece conveys both beauty and strength to me.

20 - Heather Campbell

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: Natural Night-time Rainbows

Acrylic

16x20”

Price: SOLD

Artist Bio:

While living in Battle Creek, I was involved with musical theatre. Unfortunately, in 1991, I was in a horrific automobile accident. After being in a coma for five months, I began a long journey in recovery, which included PT, OT, and speech therapy due to a TBI and paralysis. I moved to Clinton Tonwship into a program called CCFIL ten years ago, and started my art journey at Paint a Miracle. I began painting and exploring various techniques that I thoroughly enjoy. Two years later, I became involved with ceramics, and the class offered me many exciting ways to work with clay. I have been able to be creative and express myself in both classes at Paint a Miracle, which I love!

 

Artist Statement:

I was inspired while looking at aloe trees to paint my picture. I loved the colors of these trees, which I incorporated into my painting, along with my own personal touch. I even wanted to depict a night sky with stars to enhance the painting.

21 - Ruby Carmargo-Regalado

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: White House

Oil Pastel

18x12”

Price: $4.00

Artist Bio:

Ruby Carmargo-Regalado likes horses, and coloring and drawing things she likes.

 

Artist Statement:

Ruby drew a white horse with an orange stripe on it.

22 - Mary Jo Cassidy

Rochester, MI
 

Title: Bird's Eye View

Acrylic on Watercolor Rag

26x38”

Price: $750.00

Artist Bio:

I enjoy painting a variety of subjects. I typically choose a theme to develop a collection of works. For example, this Sand Crane is a piece from my wildlife collection. Currently, I am working on my new collection featuring Star Wars characters. My unique style of painting has been characterized by some as "outsider art." I appreciate their insight and support.

 

Artist Statement:

This is a Sand Crane. It is a species of large cranes of North America and extreme northeastern Siberia. This bird is quite tall, averaging 4.5-5 feet tall. It naturally has a "bird's eye view" at that height.

23 - Freddy Cook

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: Ocean, Dots, Meatballs (series)

Printing on Canvas

12x15”

Price: Not for Sale

Artist Bio:

Freddy Cook is a longtime ACT student who is passionate about music, dancing, and his family. He plays the guitar and is a member of the ACTion Drum troupe.

 

Artist Statement:

I have been painting and creating art since I was a little boy. I loved creating these prints because printing onto cloth was very different and more difficult. I like circles, like my Slinky.

24 - Lane Cooper

Freeport, MI
 

Title: The Last Supper

Recycled Scrap Silverware, Metal, Wood

16”Wx55”Hx60”L

Price: $800.00

Artist Bio:

I was born and raised in Ludington, Michigan, as a first-born identical twin, in August 1941. We lived in a rural country store and later moved to a farm. I grew up with five sisters and one younger brother to follow. I created a lot of my own toys out of scraps of wood and sticks when I was a little boy. I liked to draw and paint, so I took art lessons in high school. Later, when I married my wife, Rosemary, I made a lot of Christmas toys and gifts for family and friends. I spent many years making a lot of wooden things. My artistic and creative medium changed as I struggled with a closed head injury from a severe auto accident in 2003. Because of the injuries, I opted to take an earlier-than-expected retirement as a maintenance mechanic from Alticor Corporation in Ada, Michigan. With my early retirement, I had more free time between headaches to create; plus, my art helped me cope with my struggles. My future goal now is to pursue a worthwhile journey down the path of creativity as a "starving artist." I am using various materials and creative methods to show artistic techniques or means of expression.

 

I thank God for the inspirations within me and for giving me the talent to express it. I use no patterns because I can "just see it." Each day is a new idea. As ideas and signals in my brain cross, creativity comes forth.

 

Artist Statement

While attending a church service, my pastor gave a talk on stepping outside our “comfort zone” and to do something different.  This could be a real challenge for me, as I have a traumatic brain injury from a car accident. During ArtPrize last year, I read an article called “All God’s Creatures” in a magazine titled Challenge & Response by author Ken Stone. “WHAT IF” stuck in my mind with the idea if the animals would have had a Last Supper.  Being a nature lover, I thought of the different species of birds for disciples and matching their behavior pattern to the disciples. This challenged me to explore deeply the relationship among birds, animals, humans, and God in the Bible. Why not use silverware for the birds and the white dove would be Jesus. Mentioned the vision to some people and I realized that some thought I had slipped another cog in my injured brain, but my heart burned with desire to attempt this piece—success or loss did not matter at this time. I took a trip to the Gaylord area where a relative was building a cabin from trees harvested in the forest. In the pile of scrap lumber, this board beckoned me to turn it into the Last Supper table—so this sculpture has spoken to me in many ways—success at last. Hope you enjoy it.

25 - Court Cyrkiel

Shelby Twp, MI
 

Title: Freckled Forest Dweller

Acrylic

12x12”

Price: $125.00

Artist Bio:

I have always loved to draw and paint. My favorite subjects are animals of all kinds. I especially like to paint fish. I am an avid fisherman. I enjoy spending time in the studio with other artists. I am there four days a week doing what I love.

 

Artist Statement:

I'm not sure what type of frog this is, but I have drawn and painted many frogs. This frog has unusual colors and spots. I was drawn to these colors because they remind me of the colors I see around the lakes and rivers where I spend much of my time fishing.

26 - Camden Dettman

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: Rainbow Work

Magazine & Oil Pastel

11x14”

Price: $5.00

Artist Bio:

Camden loves art and creating. He particularly enjoys patterns and numbers in his artwork.

 

Artist Statement:

Camden combined pictures he likes with his favorite colors.

27 - Wes DeVries

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: Infrastructure

Acrylic on Canvas

36x36”

Price: $700.00

Artist Bio:

Wesley DeVries paints intuitively and expresses his painting from feeling and memory. He is also fascinated by the design and impact of industrial wreckage scenes.

 

"My paintings reflect how I process daily life, and my fascination with industrial space, war, and wreckage in the form of abstract expressionism.”

 

Artist Statement:

Infrastructure depicts the constant cycle of construction, decay, and reconstruction of society. Sometimes 10-year-old houses have a dumpster in the driveway. Which way to the manager's office? Even our own bodies decay, some sooner than others.

28 - Liam Dexter

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: The French Masterpiece

Acrylic

12x16”

Price: Not For Sale

Artist Bio:

Liam Dexter is an artist and cartoonist from Wyoming, Michigan. He found his inspiration at a young age by watching his favorite cartoon shows like Looney Toons and by playing video games. He took art classes in school and at ACT to practice and explore his art and express his creativity. Liam really enjoys pencil-and-paper style animation, but will occasionally add color to his work. Liam hopes to be an animator or designer.

 

Artist Statement:

Sometimes I like to draw my favorite animal cartoons with a piece of paper or notebook, a pencil, and some coloring utensils, but ACT wanted me to do something a little different. I like learning about foreign countries, which is why I made this work. Art is something you do that can give you the courage to make your dreams come true.

29 - Dennis Diaz

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: Art Class

Marker & Oil Pastel

11x14”

Price: Not for Sale

Artist Bio:

My name is Dennis Diaz and I like art. I like to paint. I enjoy putting on an apron and coloring with crayons.

 

Artist Statement:

I like shapes such as circles, squares, and triangles. Also, my favorite color is red.

30 - Jamie Dubbink

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: Building

Collage & Acrylic on Canvas Board

8x10”

Price: SOLD

Artist Bio:

My name is Jamie. I love to draw. I usually draw people and give them to my friends. I like all kinds of art.

 

Artist Statement:

The building is brown. It makes me feel happy.

31 - James Dykstra

Jenison, MI
 

Title: UFO

Wood & Tissue Paper

19x12.5”

Price: Not for Sale

Artist Bio:

I went to Jenison High School and now attend Noorthoek Academy at Grand Rapids Community College. I work at my church, Hudsonville UCC, and also volunteer at Pine Rest. I've been coming to ACT for about 10 years. My favorite class was Photography. I like coming to ACT because I get to interact with adult students with disabilities. It's good socialization.

 

Artist Statement:

I made UFO at an ACT Open Studio. I was inspired by the shapes made by taping wooden dowels together. The more I added to it, the better I thought it looked as a 3-D sculpture. I was excited to make this piece and finally be able to enter ACTion Art.

32 - Drew Edgerton

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: Trees

Watercolor & Sharpie

21x14”

Price: SOLD

Artist Bio:

Wm. Drew - goes by Drew, 28 years old, athlete, guitarist, maintenance worker, loves life, loves family, loyal friend, he has the makings to be a genuine human; one of the good guys, for sure.

 

Artist Statement:

From the rooftop of my building, I like to see the trees.

33 - Alex Faichney

Grawn, MI
 

Title: Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution

Self-Assembled Painted Wood with Stickers

9x25.5”

Price: Not for Sale

Artist Bio:

I am a 35-year-old male. I have always loved music and have played guitar since I was 12. My father was always against me getting an electric guitar. He purchased a new high-quality acoustic and I bought a $100 guitar amp from the music store. From there, I learned from books and from magazines (Tablature). As for my style, I have enjoyed rock music, but I have also learned the blues and jazz and other genres. Music has been my main form of expression, but when I was younger, I was interested in visual art, like painting. During my senior year in high school, a friend and I created 6 songs and recorded them. We played in the school talent show. I know a little theory but mainly play by ear.

 

Artist Statement:

For my piece, I have put together a ukelele (with help), painted it, and then decorated it with stickers. I would like to learn pieces on it. Ultimately, I would like to learn a heavy metal song on it, to go with the rock and roll aesthetic, called "Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution" by AC/DC. Part of the statement is that a ukelele can produce a powerful sound and attitude. I will demonstrate some on ukelele.

34 - Scott Fergus

East Lansing MI
 

Title: Lounging

Acrylic

30x40”

Price: $500.00

Artist Bio:

Scott Fergus was diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum when he was 3.5 years old. At an early age, he discovered the ability to communicate through visual art forms by telling stories with panel sequences, similar to comic art. As he gained better expressive skills, his paintings have matured and his subject matter has expanded to include narrative, in which color conveys the emotional impact of a person, animal, or place. His unique style can best be described as interpretive realism. While his subject matter is often readily identifiable, his imagery is unconstrained by realistic proportions and colors. Viewers may be surprised by the emphasis of texture, simplification, and most of all, his use of color. His subject ranges from people, animals, and nature, to architecture. While many of his images were taken from his observations in his art teacher's home in Michigan and his visits to Hawaii, his art has included work from reference photos taken from his travels to Japan, Ecuador, and the Black Sea. Most recently, his art has included his favorite memories of his trip to the United Kingdom and California. Scott is a member of the Mid-Michigan Art Guild, and his works have been exhibited in Solo Exhibitions and in Juried Exhibitions as well.

 

Artist Statement:

I like to paint with bright colors. When I was little, my favorite color was orange. I had a Ziploc baggie filled with orange markers. Although I still love to use markers, I use acrylic paint on canvas for my artwork. Today, I have a toolbox full of acrylic tubes of color. I know that many artists mix their paint. I rarely do that. I love to travel and take photos with my iPhone. I often paint using photos to sketch and paint my favorite images. My teacher and I take walks around town and to parks where I may stop to sketch something I like. My mom built a room for me to paint in, but I like to paint on her dining room table.

35 - Anton Fiscelli

Macomb, MI
 

Title: To Infinity and Beyond

Acrylic

20x20”

Price: $200.00

Artist Bio:

My life has been a constant journey of working through my many sensory and developmental issues. Holding and manipulating a pencil was just one of my early obstacles. It was difficult to do, and because of that, I had no interest in coloring or writing. After many years of therapy and practice, drawing is now one of my favorite pastimes. My interest in various art media continues to be encouraged by my wonderful instructors at Paint a Miracle.

 

Artist Statement:

I continue to work through my deep-seated aversion of getting my hands soiled and the texture of different materials. Through my various art experiences, I continue to make progress. This painting was especially challenging to me because, as I manipulated the canvas to make the colors run and bleed together, my hands became quite soiled. I am usually the first one in class to wash my hands.

36 - Caitlin Flake

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: Splash Paint

Acrylic

20x16”

Price: SOLD

Artist Bio:

I am really great at art. I love making art at ACT. I am really helpful when it comes to making art. I am 23 years old, almost 24.

 

Artist Statement:

This work was created in an ACT Open Studio. After assembling a still life with flowers and objects, we used acrylic on canvas to create an abstract version of our still life. This work uses the pinks, blues, and purples of the flowers, along with the greens of the leaves and stems to create a painting that represents a still life without depicting it literally.

37 - Jerry Galvas

Flint, MI
 

Title: The Rams and Silent Wings

Mixed Media

11x9”

Price: $25.00 or Trade

Artist Bio:

I started artwork when I was young; I am self-taught and as I would do art, people would say good things about my art. I wanted to learn more and improve. When I went to school, I took art in school. And in art, I would make good grades and that would make me feel good. I would spend time at the art museum in Flint to help me to improve. My work, when I put it on paper, is a comfortable way to do something constructive. Now I attend the Vista Center and do artwork every day.

 

Artist Statement:

The picture for the ACTion Art entry is of 3 rams, and their horns and two hawks that are not flying but standing on the ground. In the right corner are several Caribou that I made little; the reason I made them little is because they are off in the distance

38 - Anna Gillis

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: Peter the Bunny Rabbit

Marker & Oil Pastel

18x12”

Price: $5.00

Artist Bio:

I enjoy drawing pictures of animals. My goal is to one day work with animals.

 

Artist Statement:

I chose to draw a picture of a bunny rabbit because they are soft and cute. I call this picture Peter the Bunny Rabbit.

39 - Michelle Grone

Capac, MI
 

Title: Tree of New Beginnings

Tactile Sculpture

16.5x14”

Price: Not For Sale

Artist Bio:

I have always had a love of art, starting at a young age, teaching myself with How to Draw books or looking at a picture and duplicating it. I was excited when I reached high school and was able to participate in art class. I found, as I got older, I was drawn to painting landscapes and nature scenes. Life got busy, and with marriage and three daughters, art got pushed aside. It wasn't until I attended a Painting with a Twist company Christmas party that I realized how much I missed that side of me. Almost two years later, in 2016, at the age of 36, I had a silent stroke, which left me completely blind. My life came to a sudden halt and I had to find a new way to do everything, including being a mom. To keep myself busy, I started to sculpt with Play-doh, then modeling clay, even trying arm knitting and plastic canvas. During a trip to visit my sister in Mississippi, I got the idea to collect a variety of shells form the beach, gluing them onto a painted canvas for 3D art sculptures. All the while trying to come to terms with why I went blind and what it all meant, researching natural ways to heal all parts of myself, mind, body, soul, and sprit. This led me to the energetic and healing properties of earth's natural crystals and stones. After receiving a tree of life necklace, I realized I could take jewelry wire and twist it to make sculptures I could feel. When life gets hectic, my mind won't slow down, or I just need to keep my hands busy. This is my getaway.

 

Artist Statement:

This 3D multimedia sculpture combines my love of painting, molding, and sculpting with my new interest in the metaphysical and healing properties of earth's natural crystals and stones. There are thousands of different stones, and combining them in specific ways helps to promote and support health and healing in all aspects of one's life. This tree in particular supports new beginnings and the courage it takes to take that first step, whether it's starting a new career, relationship, overcoming addiction, or other emotional or physical life trauma. It has bronze, copper, hematite, and silver wire twisted to form a tree with gold tiger's eye, citrine, green aventurine, sunstone, amethyst, rose quartz, and clear quartz as the leaves, with each stone lending benefit and complementing its intention for supporting the steps it takes to start over. Not only is it pretty to look at, the possibilities are endless to the combinations I can create.

40 - Ray Hickman

Lowell, MI
 

Title: Flowers Brown to Bring Spring

Collage

23x29.5”

Price: SOLD

Artist Bio:

Ray has been working on art for many, many years. He has worked with many mediums but always returns to collage work.

 

Artist Statement:

I like to arrange flowers in different ways. Different colors and types.

41 - Joe Hipps

Shelby Twp, MI
 

Title: Flowers for Mom

Acrylic

16x20”

Price: $225.00

Artist Bio:

I am an artist who loves to paint just about anything. I am drawn to colors and shapes of all kinds. I am very interested in painting large acrylic paintings of superheroes. However, I took some time away from that to paint these flowers for my mother because I love her so much!

 

Artist Statement:

A long time ago, these flowers grew in the forest, mostly in the spring until summer. Now it is hard to find these flowers. If you can find them, you are very lucky!

42 - Michael Johnson

Evanston, IL
 

Title: Come Together

Acrylic

17x30”

Price: $300.00

Artist Bio:

Michael Johnson is a freelance artist who does portraits, custom artwork, and illustrations. This year, he is illustrating a children's picture book, painting two portraits, and working on a series of horse paintings. Michael Johnson has been painting full time for 26 years. His paintings are in museums and libraries, schools and universities, hospitals and offices, corporate collections and private homes. Giving back is part of his self-esteem. His paintings have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for non-profits. He is proud that his art can help people and animals. Michael Johnson did the first Hands painting in 1993. The National Down Syndrome Society purchased Climbing Hands and printed the image on a holiday card. In 2006, a retired artist gave Michael her set of liquid watercolors. Michael did 50 Four Hands paintings on full sheets of 400-pound Arches watercolor paper to learn how to use the paints. He gave them all to Down Syndrome organizations to auction and to raise funds. In 2007, several of the DS organizations commissioned more watercolor paintings of hands to thank their donors. In 2015, Michael was commissioned to paint a 24"x 36" acrylic on canvas of Healing Hands for the Mary Rose Clinic in Oneida, NY.

 

Michael Johnson's whimsical cat and dog art appeared on the cover of JAMA, the American Journal of Public Health in November 2005, and on the cover of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association in January 2003. Michael Johnson likes to listen to music and paint all day long. He loves animals and nature.

Artist Statement:

We need to come together. Work together and help each other. We can be kind, respect one another, try to forgive, and let go. Come together and heal.

43 - Natalie Joppie

Grandville, MI
 

Title: The Little Mermaid

Paper Collage

30x28”

Price: Not For Sale

Artist Bio:

I am 19 years old. I love doing lots of art. I like making trading cards like Pokémon. I really like doing collage. I like to paint. I have lots of art supplies at home.

 

Artist Statement:

I named it The Little Mermaid because there is red, green, pink. These are colors you see on fish in the ocean. I really liked doing my paper collage.

44 - Breanne Kelderhouse

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: Chaos

Acrylic

30x24”

Price: $250.00

Artist Bio:

12 years ago, I was diagnosed with MS and was dealing with a lot of pain throughout my entire body. I was struggling to hold onto objects, struggling with processing this big life change, and struggling to figure out what was next for me. That's when I picked up a paintbrush and found so much more... Through art, I'm able to forget about the pain and uncertainty associated with MS, and transport myself into a magical world filled with color, endless creative options, and the means to pour my emotions onto canvas and get peace of mind.

 

Artist Statement:

My life was going through another phase of change when I created Chaos. We all feel chaos at different points in our lives and we all react differently. Chaos can force us to take a step back and refocus on what we are doing and where we are going. This piece illustrates the attempt to "refocus" in a time of Chaos.

45 - Yianni Kiriazis

Pleasant Ridge, MI
 

Title: Muscle Memory

Acrylic & Oil Pastel

16x20”

Price: $150.00

Artist Bio:

I paint many subjects. Some of my favorites are of historical figures--I am a history enthusiast. I also like strong characters, such as this one. Body buliders and athletes are all some of my favorites.

 

Artist Statement:

Living with a TBI can affect memory. When I work out at the gym, I have no memory issues. Thus, the title is Muscle Memory.

46 - Claudia Kiriazis

Pleasant Ridge, MI
 

Title: White Lines in Autumn

Acrylic

12x16”

Price: SOLD

Artist Bio:

I have been an artist since Paint a Miracle opened and I like doing art because it is fun and is calming to me. I have grown as an artist over the years. Being an artist brings me joy and peace.

 

Artist Statement:

White Birch trees amid a brilliant-filled autumn day--serene.

47 - Aaron Knoblauch

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: Abstract Thoughts

Watercolor

12x9”

Price: SOLD

Artist Bio:

I love trivia games and I attend the Community Transition Campus program at CTC Straight.

 

Artist Statement:

My art is abstract and I love how art flows in and out of my mind.

48 - Aaron Kowalski

Rochester Hills, MI
 

Title: Let's Eat Bugs for Lunch!

Mixed Media

11x14”

Price: Not for Sale

Artist Bio:

I am a very happy, helpful, and enthusiastic man that has a deep passion for my VHS tape collection and wild animals! Much of my work is inspired by my great knowledge of animals that comes from my volunteer experiences, books, videos, nature, and trips to zoos throughout the country. I have always been a visual person with an exceptional eye for color. I am living with a significant speech, language understanding, and sensory disorder. I love art class because it gives me many ways to share my ideas, unique viewpoints, and experiences with other people. I love to draw and paint.

 

Artist Statement:

I volunteered at the Great Lakes Zoological Society every week for a year. I learned how to care for reptiles and amphibians. From walking the Sulcata tortoises, to cleaning cages and windows, it was all fun! I made special salads and cared for what some eat; cockroaches, crickets, and beetles!

49 - Isaiah Krussell

Wyoming, MI
 

Title: Twister

Paper Collage

30x28”

Price: Not for Sale

Artist Bio:

I am 19 years old. I like to go bowling with my friends. I think doing art is fun. I really like doing collage.

 

Artist Statement:

There are swirlies and shapes that look like clouds. I thought it would look best with all the colors.

50 - Mitchell Lalick

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: Untitled

Collage & Acrylic on Canvas Board

8x10”

Price: $5.00

Artist Bio:

Mitchell Lalick is a student who attends the Community Transition Campus program at CTC Mayfield

 

Artist Statement:

Mitchell created his artwork in an ACT art class called "Layers, Expressions, and Creativity."

51 - Kristen Laskowski

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: Untitled

Mixed Media

8x3”

Price: Not for Sale

Artist Bio:

I am inspired by Pokémon, Harry Potter, and hats. My favorite two Pokémon are Gengar and Cubone. I have always loved the color yellow, and in Harry Potter, I love the house of Hufflepuff. I love different hats and have about 130 hats. My favorite season is fall because of Halloween and spooky, creepy stuff. I like to make different and crazy ideas!!

 

Artist Statement:

I took manmade items to create something from nature. The petals of the flowers are made of pop tabs and are glued to Ring Pop rings. The center of the ring is rubber band loops. The vase is a container that had a drink mix and painted it.

52 - Alice Lieffers

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: Monarch on Flower

Photograph

11x14”

Price: SOLD

Artist Bio:

I took a photography class at ACT and I really loved it. I turn my pictures into photo cards, canvas, and prints.

 

Artist Statement:

This is a picture of a monarch butterfly that I raised from a caterpillar. When it was time for the butterfly to be released, I put it on a purple coneflower in our front yard. I ended up releasing almost 40 monarch butterflies last year. I have been raising monarch butterflies for 3 years now.

53 - Imanuel Maddox

Louisville, KY
 

Title: Quirky Quirk Presidents

Digital Art on Canvas

16x20”

Price: $120.00

Artist Bio:

Imanuel is currently 19 years old. He was born with severe brain defects and epilepsy. These abnormalities should have left Imanuel unable to function. His doctors said he was a miracle because he has managed to do everything that he should not have been able to do. Due to epilepsy complications, it took him a long time to develop his ability to write and draw, but through therapy and his own determination, he was able to do it. He draws for hours at a time. His goal is to work at an art store and to sell his art.

 

Artist Statement:

Imanuel's family came up with the name Quirky Quirk Art because his artwork is different. His artwork used to be drawn and colored on paper, but because he draws so much and uses so much paper, he now creates his pieces on an iPad. His art entry was created on his iPad and then printed on canvas.

54 - Valerie Marshall

Muskegon, MI
 

Title: Oviraptor

Ink, Watercolor, Colored Pencil, Gouache

7x10”

Price: Not for Sale

Artist Bio:

I'm an aspiring illustrator with a BFA from the College for Creative Studies. I've had a couple gigs, but I'm still working my way up. I'm working on a graphic novel/webcomic in addition to building a portfolio for freelance illustration. It's been an uphill battle to get to where I am, and I'm going to keep going!

 

Artist Statement:

In 2016, I drew a Dinotopia-esque illustration of children riding a dinosaur, but really I just wanted to draw the dinosaur. In 2019, I re-did it in full color, sans passengers. When I was a kid, dinosaurs were my special interest and I carry artifacts of that with me. Oviraptor is a coupling of my scientific and anatomical knowledge and artistic skill.

55 - Richard Maya-Vazquez

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: Future Cars

Acrylic

11x14”

Price: Not For Sale

Artist Bio:

Richard Maya-Vazquez is an artist from Grand Rapids, Michigan. From a young age, Richard was interested in expressing himself through art. Most of his works draw inspiration from his real life: people he knows, pets, and places. Richard is also interested in animation, and he can often be found sketching different cartoons or characters. His favorite art form is drawing, and his passion shows in the amount of time and effort that goes into his work.

 

Artist Statement:

This is a car I've always wanted. I love to draw. It makes me happy.

56 - Carl Meyer

Wyoming, MI
 

Title: Dance of Jack Pine

Acrylic

18.4x24.4”

Price: Not for Sale

Artist Bio:

I started art by way of collage and mixed media. I have not had formal art but many hours of “doing” with my mother and sister. Today, I enjoy many crafts and art together.  Music is another form of art that is important to me.

 

Artist Statement:

To me, this painting means the joy I remember on seeing jack pine growing on the slopes of the Gila Mountains north of Silver City, New Mexico. Shimmering sunlight on the trees gave an appearance of movement. The challenge is to see what the trees are doing.

57 - Diane Meyer

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: Everything’s Connected

Acrylic

26x20”

Price: Not for Sale

Artist Bio:

Art has always meant a lot to me, both in appreciation and in doing it. With the many demands and challenges of life, my art efforts over the years had been sporadic, though uplifting and enjoyed. It turned out that having a cancer diagnosis opened a new chapter for me. For the past two years, the Expressive Arts Program at Lemmen Holton Cancer Pavilion has given me the opportunity to be creative on a regular basis. My enthusiasm and joy in the making continue to grow. Having this outlet to express my creativity has helped me in many ways. It has given me the pleasure of seeing my work expand and improve, helped me cope with stresses, and provided joyful camaraderie and support from new friends.

 

Artist Statement:

My dabbling in art in the past included some work in papier-mâché, clay, watercolor, baskets, paper making, collage and pastel. The last two years, I’ve been using acrylics for the first time and frequently exploring abstract painting. My work always expresses my feelings for nature. For me, this piece, Everything’s Connected, portrays the beauty of the Earth and magnificence of all of creation, and that I and we do belong here. It is a reminder that, as we are caught up in details of our everyday lives, we can tend to overlook our connection to nature and the need to be mindful of how we are impacting the systems of nature; the very things upon which our lives on Earth depend.

58 - Ana Meyer

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: The Happy Tree

Acrylic

11x14”

Price: Not For Sale

Artist Bio:

Ana Meyer was born in Odesa, Ukraine, and resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her artistic talents blossomed from a very young age. Ana has honed her craft through art classes at school and by practicing in her free time. Some of her favorite materials include paints, colored pencils, clay, markers, and newspapers. Ana typically begins her artwork by sketching out an idea and then filling it in with the chosen medium. Colorful portraits and cartoons are characteristic of Ana’s style.

 

Artist Statement:

I like to do acrylic painting. It inspired me because I love nature. Art releases my stress. That puts me in a happy place.

59 - Keenan Miller

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: Lubec Beach

Tissue Paper Collage

16x10”

Price: Not for Sale

Artist Bio:

The activities I like to do include theater, choir, drawing, and playing my guitar. I enjoyed traveling to the northeastern United States for the first time in my life this past fall. This is my third year with ACT.

 

Artist Statement:

This work of art represents the beach in Lubec, Maine, which is one of the places in the northeast that I went to last fall. Lubec is the furthest east you can go in the U.S.

60 - Allan Milton

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: Cody-Axel

Acrylic

16x20”

Price: $75.00

Artist Bio:

I grew up watching cartoons from my childhood. My inspiration comes from Butch Hartman. I created Girls vs. Aliens. This show was created back in 2016 and is on YouTube. Someday I'll be an illustrator at Oklahoma University and I will be a director at Warner Bros. Studios.

 

Artist Statement:

This painting depicts my style of creating original characters inspired by animation.

61 - Jayna Mojica

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: Downtown Grand Rapids

Tissue Paper Collage

16x11”

Price: Not for Sale

Artist Bio:

Jayna is an artist from Grand Rapids, Michigan. She loved art from a very young age and was able to practice while taking art classes at her high school. She enjoys using acrylic paint and blending various colors together. She creates art from things that have inspired her life, such as basketball and music. Jayna hopes that everyone is able to see the effort that she puts into her work.  

 

Artist Statement:

My art entry is titled, Downtown Grand Raids. I wanted to create my hometown because Grand Rapids has a lot to offer, and I grew up here my whole life.

62 - Micah Moore

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: Two Tongue Snake

Charcoal

18x12”

Price: Not for Sale

Artist Bio:

I can draw a picture if I am looking at it, but it is more challenging for me to draw from my imagination.

 

Artist Statement:

My snake picture has two tongues.

63 - Fabian Mueller

Rochester Hills, MI
 

Title: See Life

Mixed Media

16x20”

Price: $200.00

Artist Bio:

Art has always been an important part of my life. The creative process allows me to take the many ideas in my head and give them life. I enjoy taking an idea and letting the materials I am using guide me. Sometimes I just make it up as I go. Using multimedia is the best. Exploring what is possible with a variety of materials is an absolute thrill! I think this is true because I have always been highly creative. For me, art making allows for infinite exploraitons of this creativity. And somehow, it makes me feel exhilarated and relaxed at the same time.

 

Artist Statement:

I got the idea for the subject matter from a book my sister shared with me. I titled this piece See Life. It is obvious that these are fish in the sea. It seems that everything in life has a name you call it. I want you to forget for a moment what things are called. I want you to simply "SEE" things. No names; just allow yourself to see the beauty and brilliance in life. The world is a place where all living things are to see--really see, not simply give a name.

64 - Farrad Muhammad

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: The Rapid Bus

Oil Pastel

18x12”

Price: SOLD

Artist Bio:

My name is Farrad Muhammad. I will be opening a new Greyhound station and the name of it will be the Rapid Central Station. I am an artist. I like to play video games and watch TV. I like to hang out with my family and friends.

 

Artist Statement:

I used a pen to draw the artwork and the bus. Then after using the pen, I used a pencil and then went over it with pastel. I used a dark charcoal red. I used a brown pastel for the rails. This is a bus that can fit up to 7258 people

65 - Nathalie Muñoz

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: Unicorn

Marker & Oil Pastel

18x12”

Price: $2.00

Artist Bio:

My name is Nathalie Muñoz. I love BTS and listening to music. I love being silly with my friends. In my free time, I like to color.

 

Artist Statement:

I drew a unicorn with black spots around it. I colored in the background. I love unicorns and BTS.

66 - Matthew Nelson

Flint, MI
 

Title: Native Vases

Mixed Media

9x12”

Price: $60.00

Artist Bio:

I work at the Vista Center. I first started my artwork about five years ago. I am an abstract artist. I use markers, pencil, and acrylic paint.

 

Artist Statement:

Thank you very much! For my art, I use markers, pencils, and acrylic paints. The name of this painting is Native Vases.

67 - Scott Niese

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: Quiet Reflections

Mixed Media

16x20”

Price: $48.00

Artist Bio:

I am grateful to be in this art show this year. Fine art is a way I can express myself and distract myself from the symptoms of my illness. Painting helps me focus on something greater than myself and helps me see the big picture: being loved and connected to those around me. I believe art is a big part of my recovery.

 

Artist Statement:

Growing up, I have appreciated nature's variety and wonders. Painting landscapes has helped me capture some of the essence of the goodness in God's creation, which gives me peace. I was able to stay in an "authentic log cabin" that my family owns in the central part of the Adirondack Park and Mountains.These old mountains and water ways inspired me to create this painting, Quiet Reflections. My intentional color choice, I believe, adds interest and mystique.

68 - Allie Noonon

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: Go Donuts

Acrylic

11x14”

Price: Not For Sale

Artist Bio:

Allie Noonon is an artist from Lowell, Michigan. Through classes at ACT, she was introduced to her newest artform, graffiti. Allie draws her inspiration from hip-hop music and the graffiti artists that she sees tagging trains. She is very passionate about positive feelings and making people happy, which is expressed in every single work she creates. Her artistic process is very methodical; she’s at her best when she is organized. Allie is also an Ability Weaver out of Lowell, Michigan, and is not afraid to experiment with different media. Allie wants people to know that she has a disability, but that isn’t going to stop her from pursuing her dreams of hip-hop music and art.

 

Artist Statement:

My favorite medium is acrylic. Donuts are my favorite food. That's what inspired me. I like art because it releases my stress and puts me in a happy place.

69 - Mary Oldham

Chippewa Lake, MI
 

Title: Rock and Roll Women

Mixed Media

8x5x11”

Price: Not for Sale

Artist Bio:

Mary won the first contest she ever entered in the 1980s for her drawing of the "Campbell Soup Kids." She won another contest when she created a colorful drawing representing friendship, love, and peace for all people of the world. After entering her first fine arts exhibition at Mary Free Bed, she was selected as their "featured artist" in 2006. Mary has participated in ACTion Art several times, and in other exhibits and fine arts competitions, including ArtPrize, Art Works, Legacy Trust, and "Soup's On" Bowl-Painting.

 

Artist Statement:

This is a series of portraits that pays homage to fierce female rock icons, Cyndi Lauper, Pat Benatar, and Tina Turner.

70 - Marko Pavletic

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: Regiment

Photograph series

8x10”

Price: $30 each

Artist Bio:

Marko Pavletic has always had a passion, respect, and admiration for public servants and armed services members. As a child, he dreamed of joining the United States military and becoming one of the heroes he has looked up to his entire life. Unfortunately, an early childhood diagnosis of autism disqualified him from such work. He has since dedicated his photography to representing the many different efforts of the military he loves so much. This is represented by his works depicting 1:6 scale figurine superheroes and military members in heroic and victorious positions. Marko Pavletic is a photography student at Grand Rapids Community College.

 

Artist Statement:

These works exist to honor and homage our veterans and current military members whose sacrifices and heroic actions keep us all safe. These are my Superheroes, Role Models, and Muses. Thank you to all who serve and have served; these photographs are for you.

71 - Sean Pennington

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: Aurora Borealis

Colored pencil

8.5x13.5”

Price: Not for Sale

Artist Bio:

Sean Pennington is a student who attends the Community Transition Campus program at CTC Straight.

 

Artist Statement:

The mountains, the grass, and the moon in the background. The purplish color reminds me of the Aurora Borealis. It reminds me of Denali, Alaska.

72 - Malechi Perez

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: Muddy Land

Tissue Paper Collage

16.5x10.5”

Price: $10.00

Artist Bio:

I am a nice man. I am from Grand Rapids, Michigan. I live with my mom and dad. I like to play on a laptop and hang out with mom and dad.

 

Artist Statement:

I did some watercolors. My art looks great.

73 - Rosie Quist

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: Summertime Joy

Acrylic & Yarn

8x10”

Price: $25.00

Artist Bio:

I like doing art projects. I also like to create types of art. I love picking the different colors I use and to design the art all by myself.

 

Artist Statement:

I made this project in "Summer Fiber Arts," an ACT class. I made the flowers out of yarn. I picked out the colors I wanted in order to make it beautiful. I think the sky is beautiful and it makes me feel happy.

74 - Alyssa Rainwater

Portage, MI
 

Title: Indulgence

Oil

40x30”

Price: $750.00

Artist Bio:

Alyssa Rainwater is an illustration student at Grand Valley State University. She is influenced by expressionism and enjoys working in oil paint. She became interested in art at an early age, and after high school, decided to pursue it.

 

Artist Statement:

This artwork is about the childlike playfulness I see in my own personality. It explores how the need for distration can create chaos and destruction.

75 - Grant Ramos

Rochester, MI
 

Title: In the Field, It Rumbled the Grounds

Multi Media

9x12”

Price: $110.00

Artist Bio:

I focus primarily on developing my own characters in my drawings and illustrations. I work by hand, as well as developing computer-generated art.

 

Artist Statement:

This piece is an original character I developed. It expresses a certain power and strength the viewer can relate to. The dynamic nature of the face and crouching posture of this winged creature allows us to feel how real and alive he is. The color palette lends itself to the ominous tone of the piece.

76 - Michael Ripple

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: Creative Thinking

Watercolor

12x9”

Price: SOLD

Artist Bio:

Michael Ripple is a 23-year-old student who attends the Community Transition Campus program at CTC Straight.

 

Artist Statement:

I don't confirm to society.

77 - Jalon Robinson

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: From My Own World

Collage & Acrylic on Canvas Board

8x10”

Price: $8.99

Artist Bio:

As a perfectionist with pattern expressions, Jalon Robison has been developing a new technique by applying multiple art expressions with his personal dedication and stubborn determination.

 

Artist Statement:

Mr. Robinson expresses through color and black, his personal point of view of his world, by expressing feelings and emotions.

78 - Jasmine Rodriguez-Zuniga

Grand Rapids, MI

Title: Untitled

Acrylic

12x16”

Price: Not For Sale

Artist Bio:

Jasmine Rodriguez-Zuniga is an artist and cartoonist based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She draws her inspiration from TV shows, and styles her work after 1980’s cartoon style. Jasmine is self-taught and often finds herself emulating other cartoonists whom she enjoys or is inspired by. Art for her is an outlet and her work reflects the way she is feeling. Her works are created with a wide variety of mediums, from watercolor to inking pens. She hopes that she can hone her skills even further to one day become a professional animator and cartoonist.

 

Artist Statement:

This is a painting of a still life that Jasmine completed in ACT's apprentice art class.

79 - Loretta Rolison

Ionia, MI
 

Title: Idyllic Afternoon

Acrylic

12x15”

Price: SOLD

Artist Bio:

Loretta K. Rolison was raised in Ionia, Michigan. She studied at Massachusetts College of Art and received her BS in Advertising and Public Relations from Ferris State University. She paints primarily in oils, but has begun exploring mixed media. She enjoys the conversation between light and shadow, and cool and warm colors. She finds inspiration in daily walks, neighboring or local farms, and day trips to the city or lakeshores of Michigan. In 1996, Rolison was struck with Guillain Barré Syndrome and was hospitalized on a ventilator from November until early March of 1997, when she entered Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital for therapy. She learned to drive a power wheelchair with her chin, maneuvering up and down the halls during the Guild's annual art exhibit. By the spring of 1999, she recovered to being ambulatory with leg braces, and that same year, entered Mary Free Bed's exhibit. She was their Artist of the Year in 2014. GBS left Loretta with balance problems, muscle weakness, and nerve damage, but it opened doors for her artistic expression. She still exhibits with Mary Free Bed and Artists Creating Together yearly, and donates to ACT's art auction every fall.

 

Loretta entered Grand Rapids' ArtPrize in 2012 with her oil painting, Elder Saint; entered in 2013 with her yarn doll sculpture, She's My Sister, sponsored by ACT; and Amazing Big Fish sponsored by ACT in 2018. She was one of ACT's featured artists in 2015 with her exhibit All That is Good at Keller Williams Realty in Grandville, MI. She has taken workshops with Kathleen Kalinowski; at the Franciscan Life Process Center in Lowell, Michigan, with Margo Burian, Terry Miura, Eric Bowman, and Douglas Fryer; and took an online class in abstraction with Melinda Cootsan.

 

Artist Statement:

Sunny day. Warm weather. Water: the perfect recipe for a family outing to the Hessell marina in Hessell, Michigan. My husband and I were accompanied by our son, his wife, our toddler granddaughter, and our new grandson. We were too late in the season for the Les Cheneaux Antique Wooden Boat Show (held the second weekend in August), but not too late to enjoy seeing several large sailboats in the marina and talk with a friendly local volunteer. She answered all our questions about the marina and the boat show. It was a lovely relaxing afternoon, and I got some nice photos of my family enjoying the day, the boats in the marina, the distant islands, a small fishing boat with its occupants, and a graceful sailboat moored in the distance. This painting of the distant sailboat is a reminder of that idyllic afternoon, and perhaps it will beckon memories of an enhanting day on the water for someone else.

80 - Abraham Rossi

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: South Dakota Badlands

Acrylic

12x20”

Price: Please Inquire

Artist Bio:

I am a cancer survivor of 18 years from Spectrum Health's Expressive Arts program.

 

Artist Statement:

Before participating in Specrum Health's Expressive Arts program, I had never painted anything before but houses. I enjoy painting and am working on my detail work.

81 - Paul Samsell

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: Carbonite

Acrylic

12x12”

Price: Not For Sale

Artist Bio:

Paul Samsell is an artist from Grand Rapids, Michigan. He finds inspiration for his artwork by watching cartoons, and showed artistic skill from a young age. Paul has taken many classes at ACT, and enjoys using pencil, paper, and inking markers to create his work. His style draws from 1920’s, 80’s, and 90’s cartoon styles and retro video games. When looking at his art, Paul wants the viewer to notice the method of the work and his skill level. Currently, Paul really enjoys working in black and white, but hopes to incorporate color into his work when he feels more comfortable. In the future, Paul wants to be a professional cartoonist.

 

Artist Statement:

This painting is enchanting and beautiful. Sometimes I can be funny, cool, and action packed. Art is always wonderful.

82 - Rocio Sanchez

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: Red Rose in Waves

Oil Pastel

11x17”

Price: SOLD

Artist Bio:

Rocio Sanchez is an artist from Grand Rapids, Michigan. She began creating art from a young age and continued to grow her talents by taking art classes in school. Her art is inspired by flowers, hearts, and emojis. She loves using bright and exciting colors with colored pencils and paint. Rocio hopes that everyone sees that her art is an expression of her deep creativity.

 

Artist Statement:

The two roses in the center of this piece are in memory of my grandpa and uncle who are in heaven.

83 - Logan Sanders

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: Snakes

Charcoal & Oil Pastel

18x12”

Price: Not for Sale

Artist Bio:

I love to draw, color, and paint. I do some sort of art everyday! My favorite things to draw are pictures of my dogs and houses.

 

Artist Statement:

This is a picture I made in ACT art class using oil pastel.

84 - Martin Sarna

Flint, MI
 

Title: The River Boat

Acrylic

12x16”

Price: SOLD

Artist Bio:

I had art instruction after high school.

 

Artist Statement:

This painting was inspired from a screen saver from a popular video fishing game.

85 - Amanda Shustha

Wyoming, MI
 

Title: Untitled

Mixed Media

73.5x44”

Price: $500 or Negotiable

Artist Bio:

I was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I have been drawing and making art since I was two years old. I started painting on canvas when I was eight, but I didn't really get into it until I was 20. I've been making money with my art since I was 10 years old. As an adult, I make extra money by painting murals, prints, and many other artwork. I inherited my artistic ability from my grandpa. He made landscape paintings and a bunch of woodwork: welcome signs, corn hole games, and decorative objects. I continue to make art and try to find different ways to use my ability in fun, beautiful ways.

 

Artist Statement:

My artwork is usually just my imagination gone wild, sometimes dark and sometimes bright and colorful. From where it started, this piece is colorful and organized in nature.

86 - Phillip Siegel Sr.

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: Proud Parent - Protective Mother

Acrylic

30x40”

Price: $1,000.00

Artist Bio:

Phillip Siegel is a self-taught artist, born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He contracted infantile paralysis (polio) at the age of 2.5 years, which paralyized his right side. He required a number of operations through the years, along with a total hip replacement. He has since been diagnosed with Post-Polio Syndrome. At the present time, Phillip is able to get around with the aid of a walker. He views his natural talent as an artist as a God-given gift.

 

Artist Statement:

In this picture of a mother zebra and her baby, titled Proud Parent, I tried to show the feeling of a mother zebra willing to protect her baby from danger of any kind.

87 - Brooke Simtob

West Bloomfield, MI
 

Title: This Is Me

Acrylic & Ink

11x14”

Price: Not for Sale

Artist Bio:

Brooke is a sophomore at Grand Valley State University, majoring in Recreational Therapy. She began focusing on creating art in her junior year of high school when her amazing art teacher helped her learn basic drawing and watercolor techniques. After that, she threw herself into teaching herself, through YouTube videos, how to draw, watercolor, and using other art media. She continued her art journey by using art journals and making other small projects throughout the rest of high school and beginning of college. Brooke's favorite part of creating art is being able to express herself and explain thoughts and ideas that she can't always express through words. Her favorite medium in art is either watercolor or acrylic paint. Other than visual arts, Brooke also enjoys crochet, singing, dancing, and writing.

 

Artist Statement:

I have struggled with my self-esteem for most of my life because of my challenges to fit in socially and my struggles related to anxiety. This piece is all about self-acceptance and empowering myself to embrace who I truly am. The center of the artwork is an abstract self-portrait with the most detail focused on my hair, one physical aspect that I have struggled to accept. My curls can be hard to manage at times, but I am starting to embrace the beauty within them, just like I am working to accept myself for who I am. The words on the sides of the piece are some of my strengths. Sometimes when I'm struggling, it can be hard to remember the good qualities about myself. This is a reminder that there is goodness in me and that I shouldn't be so hard on myself. The background color is mostly teal. Teal is my favorite color because it makes me feel calm and grounded. The bright colors mixed in are a reminder to see the positive in everything, even when it's hard. This piece takes all of my strengths and puts them on display for everyone to see because I am enough and this is me.

88 - Karen Smith

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: Accessibility with People with Disabilities

Collage

11x14”

Price: $20.00

Artist Bio:

I am very independent and I want the younger generations to be able to experience what I experience. I hope that we can please listen to each other and that others would take the time to care about those within their community, including those with disabilities. We are not here only for ourselves, but as a community. I like creating and to explore in my artwork and in my life in general.

 

Artist Statement:

My piece represents our community and everyone's place in it, especially those with disabilities. The hands represent our togetherness about this prevalent issue of lack of awareness and support. This piece represents our unity as one world, in one home.

89 - Nathan Stebbins

Wyoming, MI
 

Title: The Time of Hearts and Diamonds

Paper Collage

30x28”

Price: Not for Sale

Artist Bio:

My name is Nathan Stebbins and I'm 20 years old. My favorite activity is drawing and doing arts and crafts. My journey began seven years ago when I was a teenager. I had nothing else to do, so I began to draw and made mysterious creatures with animal and human DNA. I call them cartoons. Every year, I will keep on drawing.

 

Artist Statement:

It started two weeks ago. I was watching a documentary of an old artist named Henri Matisse who does collage art made out of cut-out paper. Since I got the information, I figured that I can do the same, but with different tastes. I began cutting and making it in different shapes. The red as hearts, blue as diamonds. I began gluing it all down.

90 - Jessica Stranz

Grandville, MI
 

Title: The Twilight Zone

Paper Collage

30x28”

Price: Not for Sale

Artist Bio:

My name is Jessica Stranz. I am 20 years old. My neighbor inspired me to do art. She taught me that it takes time and effort. My sister likes to do art, too. She made me a picture of a mermaid. I love to do all kinds of art. I like to go to museums and look at different pieces of art.

 

Artist Statement:

I cut the paper into big and small pieces. I used pink, blue, black, yellow, green, and orange. I used the small pieces and glued on the background. I cut swirly shapes and glued them on, too.

91 - Colton Swanson

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: Untitled

Mixed Media Collage

8x10”

Price: Not for Sale

Artist Bio:

Colton Swanson is a student who attends the Community Transition Campus program at CTC Mayfield

 

Artist Statement:

Colton created his artwork in an ACT art class called "Layers, Expressions, and Creativity"

92 - Devan Tadgerson-Mulder

Grand Rapids, Mi
 

Title: The Rapper

Collage & Watercolor

12.5x14”

Price: Not for Sale

Artist Bio:

I am a 20-year-old young adult attending CTC Mayfield. I play basketball and ride my bike. I like to help my grandpa with the Bobcat Tractor.

 

Artist Statement:

I selected this image because it reminded me of a rapper. Because the image made me feel happy. I added a sun and clouds.

93 - Leanne VandenBos

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: Four Horses

Mixed Media on Vellum

22.5x22.5”

Price: $400.00

Artist Bio:

I have enjoyed art since my youngest schooling days at Ken-o-Sha Speech and Language rooms, some 30 years ago. I’ve taken art classes throughout school and since graduating I have continued making art. Sometimes in a class, other times at an artist’s studio.

 

Artist Statement:

I have truly found my voice through art. It is the language that I choose to use to speak and express myself with, without using words. Using an array of different media, I articulate my thoughts through loud, bright, and bold colors and symbols. Art gives me the ability to creatively tell stories and provide viewers a glimpse of my heart’s desires and love for animals.

94 - Natalie Vandertol

Grandville, MI
 

Title: Fiesta

Paper Collage

30x28”

Price: Not for Sale

Artist Bio:

My name is Natalie Vandertol. I'm almost 20 years old. I've always loved art when I was a little kid at school, and I still love making art at home, too. It is my favorite thing to do because it's fun, creative, fun to make, and it is relaxing.

 

Artist Statement:

My art piece is called Fiesta and it is a paper collage mostly out of colored paper. When I started this project, I learned about the history and facts about Henri Matisse. I went for it in my mind what to do for my project when I started it.

95 - Katie VanOeveren

Ada, MI
 

Title: Dogs in Space

Mixed Media

16x20”

Price: Not for Sale

Artist Bio:

Katie has been attending ACT classes for a number of years and really enjoys the variety of classes that are offered. Tuesdays wouldn't be the same without ACT class.

 

Artist Statement:

Dogs in Space - just an idea I had that I thought was fun!

96 - Shannon Vermuelen

Rochester, MI
 

Title: Whoos in Pittsburgh

Multi Media

12x15”

Price: $110.00

Artist Bio:

I began exploring artmaking about 12 years ago. When I began, I was not able to even draw a simple stick figure, due to the severe limitation in my fine motor skills, due to my cerebral palsy. Now I paint, draw, sculpt, and weave. My joy for life and tenacity for exploring art has brought me to this competition. Over the years, I have grown exponentially, both creatively and in confidence. Being a working artist has allowed me many things. One in particular is getting the use of my hands and body back. I am still in a wheelchair; however, I am unimpeded in my artmaking. I exhibit and sell much of my work. I am proud to have a following of people who collect my work.

 

Artist Statement:

This piece is part of a collection of owls and maps I have been working on. I have used a variety of materials and techniques to create this piece. I especially like the composition and the depth I created.

97 - Malcolm Wang

Northville, MI
 

Title: Kaleidoscope 10

Photo on Canvas

16x12”

Price: SOLD

Artist Bio:

My name is Malcolm Wang. I am 18 years old and a 2019 graduate of Northville High School. I recently studied retail inventory at Michigan Career and Technical Institute (MCTI). I have been studying photography for six years now. I became interested in photography because I like to press buttons and I like to go hiking. When I am hiking, I take pictures of trail markers, birds, plants, and water. Between 2013 and 2019, I received an award annually through the Michigan PTA Reflections Art Competition. In 2019, I received an honorable mention from the National PTA. I received the National PTA award of excellence in 2015. I also received awards from the Northville Art House in 2017 and 2018. In April of 2017, 2018, and 2019, I was the featured artist at the Novi Civic Center public gallery in honor of Autism Awareness Month. My next public exhibit is scheduled for April 2020. I will exhibit 30 new photographs from my portfolio. I was diagnosed with autism at age 3 and I was diagnosed with epilepsy at age 14.

  

Artist Statement:

Most of my nature photos are realistic images of plants and animals, but my kaleidoscope series is abstract. I have enjoyed visiting the Matthaei Botanical Garden since I was an infant. At Matthaei, there is a kaleidoscope positioned in the center of the conservatory. I shoot photos of flowers and plants through the kaleidoscope. It makes a different pattern every time. At home, I edit the images on Photoshop. I change the saturation and hue, and I also sharpen the image. Kaleidoscope 10 is a pattern of flowers in blue-green, purple, and white. It is similar to my autism, because the pattern repeats but is a little different from each angle. Autism is also a series of patterns. I am submitting this photograph because it shows the connection between nature and autism.

98 - Nick Weidman

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: My Inner Demons

Mixed Media

11x17”

Price: $30.00

Artist Bio:

I'm a funny guy. I love to act and I love to do artwork. I am also an avid gamer.

 

Artist Statement:

My artwork is named My Inner Demons because of the struggle with my emotions throughout the day. I can be happy one moment, then sad the next, and then just out of the loop the next minute. It's my constant battle with different emotions and their way to the surface.

99 - Jacob Whitsell

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: Untitled

Acrylic

24x18”

Price: Not For Sale

Artist Bio:

Jacob Whitsell is an artist in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He took art classes all throughout his schooling and feels that this really helped to shape the work he is creating now; he tends to lead with his emotions when creating his work.

 

Artist Statement:

Jacob has an interest in "suspense art." He draws inspiration from horror movies and translates that into his artwork by creating slightly opened doors, backs turned, and by always leaving the viewer wondering what is going to happen next. He uses pencil first to create his work, then later uses paint on canvas to create the final product.

100 - Stephanie Worst

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: The Galaxy

Oil Pastel

11x17”

Price: SOLD

Artist Bio:

I am creative. I have a few disabilities. I am an excellent reader.

 

Artist Statement:

This piece was created out of memory of when the earth was first created. The word was with God and He created the whole universe in just six days. That is my art piece.

101 - Brandon Worthington

Wyoming, MI
 

Title: The Rainbow Bird

Paper Collage

30x28”

Price: Not for Sale

Artist Bio:

My name is Brandon. I got into art because some of my family is really artsy. I figure out pictures in my head and put the design together.

 

Artist Statement:

I like how the different shapes make my artwork whole. I tried cutting shapes that look like birds. That is why I named it The Rainbow Bird.

102 - Greg Zafiroff

Swartz Creek, MI
 

Title: Mr. Tucan Love

Acrylic

26x36”

Price: $350.00

Artist Bio:

I began after high school when things began to happen. Being in the state of Michigan, I did a lot of OT and that helped.

 

Artist Statement:

My work is of a tucan and I actually brought it out of shapes that were on previous artwork. When I first began working on this watercolor and acrylic, I was wanting Mr. Tucan to bring peace, encouragement, strength, and not to be afraid of circumstances.

103 - Ana Zaragoza

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: The Tree That Makes Me Happy

Watercolor

9x12”

Price: Not For Sale

Artist Bio:

Ana Zaragoza is an artist from Grand Rapids, Michigan, with an interest in painting. She draws her inspiration from the people around her. She is best known for her portraits. Her favorite medium is acrylic paint and canvas. Ana has been a longtime ACT student and has gained many of her skills by taking classes both in and out of school. She would describe herself as shy, happy, and energetic, and those emotions are often translated into her works.  

 

Artist Statement:

I used watercolor to make this tree. It reminds me of being outside. I like to climb trees and play with my dog, Nico.

104 - Apprentice Art Collaborative

Grand Rapids, MI
 

Title: Discovery

Fiber Weaving

12x12.5”

Price: Not for Sale

Artist Bio:

ACT’s Art Apprenticeship program is designed to provide high-caliber, intensive art apprenticeships to ten young artists with disabilities from the Kent Intermediate School District's Community Transition Campus program. As apprentices, the artists work and train under Kat VanHammen, a professional artist, and gain experience in arts administration, professional development, artistic training, and experiential learning.

 

Artist Statement:

These sister weavings were designed to further develop the professional skills of our apprentice art students. Inspired by the individual artwork of two apprentices, Allie Noonon and Jasmine Rodriguez-Zuniga, the collaboratives are titled Discovery. Under the direction of Apprentice Assistant, Maggi Paxton, each apprentice student learned to weave, and contributed to the collaborative pieces. One of the weavings will be permanently displayed in the ACT studio, and the other will be donated to the Community Transition Campus program.

105 - Metro Health Hospital's Assisted Breathing Center

Wyoming, MI
 

Title: Interconnectedness

Mixed Media & Clay

17x21”

Price: Not for Sale

Artist Bio:

I am creative. I have a few disabilities. I am an excellent reader.

 

Artist Statement:

This piece was created out of memory of when the earth was first created. The word was with God and He created the whole universe in just six days. That is my art piece.

Kyle Bueche

Grand Rapids, MI
For Exhibit Only

 

Title: Aztec

Paper Collage

30x28”

Price: Not for Sale

Artist Bio:

My name is Kyle and I have one sister that goes to Grand Valley State University and her name is Stephanie. I am the son to Ed and Linda Bueche. I started my art journey when I first started to draw line art. I am very involved with Artists Creating Together and I have a passion for art and pottery. I started my line art in 2018. This is my art bio and I approve this message.

 

Artist Statement:

I am a Christian and that's why there is a cross in the middle of my artwork. This artwork describes how it started with a cross in the middle and then I decided to branch out. The feeling about this art best describes how I like to help others. This is my artist statement and I approve this message.

Abraham Rossi

Grand Rapids, MI
For Exhibit Only

 

Title: Typical Farm Barn

Acrylic

13x13”

Price: Please Inquire

Artist Bio:

I am a cancer survivor of 18 years from Spectrum Health's Expressive Arts program.

 

Artist Statement:

Before participating in Specrum Health's Expressive Arts program, I had never painted anything before but houses. I enjoy painting and am working on my detail work.