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Creative Growth Art Center - Truly Inspirational

Creative Growth Art Center - Truly Inspirational

I always like to feature things that inspire me, most of the time it's about a piece of graphic design, a website. Lately, it has been about books, especially biographies and books about investment (I need to retire one day ūüėÉ) as well as photography and of course UI and UX, which¬†is my day to day job. I know it might sound cheesy but inspiration is everywhere and with the globalized world that is even more clear. However, I got truly inspired by a cause that has filled my heart with happiness and brought tears to my eyes, but not of sadness, but enlightenment. I am talking about the work of the¬†Creative Growth Art Center. To give you some context, my wife invited me to attend the 8th¬†Annual Beyond Trend Runway Event and Fundraiser. This time the company she works for, Method, was a meaningful sponsor.¬† After some negotiation, I accepted the invitation (my introversion gets stronger with age). Thank God I accepted. It changed my life, literally. Why? So, the¬†Creative Growth Art Center is a non-profit that serves artists with developmental, mental and physical disabilities, providing a professional studio environment for artistic development, gallery exhibition, and representation. The Beyond Trend Runway is their annual event where their artists have the chance to showcase their work in a fashion style show. It's hard to describe in words how powerful and amazing it is to see the work and, most importantly, how happy the artists are to see their work out there.¬† If the goal of art and design is to change people's lives for the better, Creative Growth has reached that and surpassed all expectations. I have profound respect for everyone that makes that a reality. That's the reason I am posting about it here on Abduzeedo. So more people can contribute for this cause so we can see more artists like¬†Dan Miller who¬†has a permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum,¬†or¬†David Albertsen with¬†work exhibited¬†at the Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art in Korea, the Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch in Berlin, or¬†Ron who has been making art at Creative Growth since 1981. Dan Miller ¬† David Albertsen ¬† Cedric Johnson ¬† Franna Lusson To be honest, it doesn't matter where the work got featured, the only thing that matters for me is that these amazing people now have the opportunity to express themselves and show a bit more of how they see the world.¬† Their¬†Programs Since 1974, Creative Growth has played a significant role in increasing public interest in the artistic capabilities and achievements of people with disabilities.¬† Artwork created within our studio is exhibited directly in the Creative Growth gallery as well as in outside galleries, museums, and private collections throughout the world.¬† Our primary focus is to encourage and support artists with disabilities in the development and exhibition of their artwork. Studio Program Our Studio program is offered 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday. The program provides a professional art studio setting and facilitation for over 140 artists in drawing, painting, video production, ceramics, mosaics, wood, fiber arts, textiles, and printmaking. The program is further enriched by trips to museums, galleries, and artists‚Äô studios. Artists develop a working portfolio and many artists produce exhibition quality artwork for sale in the Creative Growth gallery and internationally. Youth Art Program The Saturday Youth Art is offered from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturdays¬†to young adults ages 16-22 with developmental disabilities. It gives high school students with artistic inclinations the opportunity to explore art as a vocation with the possibility of transitioning into the Creative Growth adult fine arts program. Classes run all year round. Classes are small so that each student receives individual attention while exploring drawing, painting, fiber arts, ceramics, and woodworking. Students experience the excitement of discovering their creative potential and the reward of having their artwork exhibited and sold in the Creative Growth gallery. Rug Workshop The Rug Workshop offers an opportunity for Creative Growth artists to collaborate in the production of Creative Growth limited edition rugs, made in our Studio. Get involved There are many ways to get involved and help the Creative Growth to continue their incredible mission. You can become a member¬†or a volunteer.¬† You can also donate, and please do. Just click on the button below and support 150+ artists with disabilities have a place to¬†tell their stories¬†and unearth one of the most satisfying privileges of being human‚Äďexpressing passion through art. Donate ¬†

Make Art, Not Waste - Character Design

Make Art, Not Waste - Character Design

Fady Youssef is an Egyptian art director based in Dubai. He created this amazing series of character design made out of waste, literally. With old electronic parts he put together some quite inspiring compositions with character full of personality. It definitely reminds me of Wall-e by Pixar. With scores of new smartphones and computers release every quarter, tons of electronic devices are thrown away ‚Äď and they often wind up filling our landfills and polluting the environment.¬† Electronic waste is a growing concern ‚Äď over 2.4 million tons of waste was generated by gadgets in 2010 alone. This waste often includes toxic materials such as lead, mercury and lithium to name a few.¬† The concept here is to keep electronic waste out of the environment by making these up-cycled characters using static and rigid shapes of digital components to give a second life to objects that can be transformed to living characters to tell a story even in one shot.¬† ‚ÄčThe list is infinite. I reuse everything from electronics components that express my fantasy. Character Design from Waste

Art Tributes for the upcoming Blade Runner 2049 movie

Art Tributes for the upcoming Blade Runner 2049 movie

Alright, gloves off. The sci-fi sequel movie who has been in the making for the last 30 years is coming to theaters (this week). Let's welcome Blade Runner 2049! Bringing us back in the futuristic universe of replicants, we also get the return of Rick Deckard played by Harrison Ford himself. I can't wait watch this movie, the first mastery definitely changed the genre. By the meantime, let's take a step back and enjoy these art tributes! Here is the synopsis of the movie: Officer K (Ryan Gosling), a new blade runner for the Los Angeles Police Department, unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. His discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former blade runner who's been missing for 30 years. More Links Learn more about the movie Blade Runner 2049 movie Credited Images Design by Van Orton Design¬ģ Design by Manuel Rovira Design by Paul Chadeisson Design by Paul Chadeisson Design by Angelo Fajanilag Design by Angelo Fajanilag Design by Rico Jr Creation Design by Ladislas Chachignot Design by Richard Villarante

Art Love - Akron Museum of Art's "Find a Face" Exhibit

Art Love - Akron Museum of Art's "Find a Face" Exhibit

We scooped this news from our friends over at Artsy on a fun new exhibit dubbed "Find a Face" taking place at the Akron Museum of Art. The exhibit was inspired by the psychological phenomenon known as pareidolia that causes the human brain to lend significance, predominantly facial features, to random patterns. The art world tends to be the most popular place this marvel shows up. Gina Thomas McGee, Akron Museum's associate educator who organized the exhibition, is a self-described pareidoliac who can't stop herself from seeing eyes, ears and lips throughout the museum. This was the simple inspiration behind the curation of this smile-inducing exhibit celebrating how the neurological tick affects both artists, when they conceive work, and viewers, as the work is consumed.  "If you look at any walls spotted with various stains or with a mixture of different kinds of stones, if you are about to invent some scene you will be able to see in it a resemblance to various different landscapes adorned with mountains, rivers, rocks, trees, plains, wide valleys, and various groups of hills. You will also be able to see divers combats and figures in quick movement, and strange expressions of faces, and outlandish costumes, and an infinite number of things which you can then reduce into separate and well conceived forms." - Leonardo da Vinci      

Papercut Art of Endangered Species by Patrick Cabral

Papercut Art of Endangered Species by Patrick Cabral

A papercut art series that makes you go wow and wonder if it is real or not. Well, it's real and it's called Endangered Species by Patrick Cabral. Based in in Manila, Philippines, he is a designer and typographer but he is also a paper cut artist. This project is a collaboration with World Wide Fund for Nature and Acts of Kindness to raise awareness about species that are in danger. I am not so sure about the amount of work involved in every single piece but it's a bold statement that 50% of the sales will go to WWF. Check it out! Behind this magnificent project, we have featuring the work of Patrick Cabral who an artist/designer with many talents starting with typography, illustration and papercut art. I was truly stunned about the level of details and greatness; I can't even imagine the amount of time spent on single piece. A project in collaboration with World Wide Fund for Nature and Acts of Kindness. Photo Gallery   Details   More Links Check out Patrick Cabral's Site: patrickcabral.com Follow Patrick on Behance Follow Pictures and Stories on Instagram

Incredible Large Scale Mural design by Kyle Steed

Bringing Unity in our diversity through large Mural Design

We are huge fans of Kyle Steed and have been following his career since the early days of the blog. We've always admired his work, even though according to him, he's still figuring it out. His work goes from simple frames to huge painted murals. In addition, he's managed to gather a huge following on Instagram and for great reason. The motive of this post, however, is to shine a light on his most recent project and biggest mural design he's ever endeavored to create. Not only is it overwhelminginly powerful in size, the social message speaks volumes as well.  The idea was born out of a tragedy that happened in Dallas last summer. A gunman shot and killed 5 police officers downtown during a peaceful protest. The racial tensions were high in the city, and across the county. Racial divide was on everyone's mind. With those words Kyle describes the project and he adds:  So these hands came to me as a kind of metaphor for unity in our diversity. Showing that no two hands are the same. Showing that strength resides not in our singularity but in our plurality. Meaning, when we do something good (however small) it can inspire and encourage someone else to do something equally or greater good. Below you can see some images of the artist process of this incredible mural Mural design For more information about Kyle make sure to check out his website or follow him on social media via: Twitter Instagram VSCO Grid Dribbble Pinterest

Illustration & Painting: My Giant Watercolor Eden

Illustration & Painting: My Giant Watercolor Eden

I've always been fascinated about the amount of time spent on an illustration or a painting, maybe it's because I am not patient enough. On the other hand, let's take a look at the stunning work of Maria Tiurina and her art. She focus her work into digital art and character design as well, we are looking at her most detailed watercolour painting to date, it took months to create from the light pencil to the final result. You should definitely check out the timelapse video below. This is the work from Maria Tiurina who is an illustrator based in London, UK. Across her tremendous skillset, you can notice a change in her art throughout the projects and it's quite amazing! Crafting her art at its finest, you should check out her store at over Society6. Eden was inspired by one of my favourite paintings that is Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights. Eden is about 75cm x 25cm, and it took several months to create from a light pencil sketch to a full colour piece. Timelapse

Ghost in the Shell: Art Tribute

Ghost in the Shell: Art Tribute

Today is the release date of the movie Ghost in the Shell starring with Scarlett Johansson. Aside from the "whitewashing" drama, I personally watched the first 5 minutes video and thought it was such a great adaptation to the anime. It's great to know that the creator named Masamune Shirow was part and supporting the movie cast. When a movie with this prestige comes out to the theaters, it always does bring artists together to create and make a little tribute to the movie. Hope you will enjoy this collection we've put together! In the near future, Major is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals. - via IMDb Flore Maquin TommyPocket Design zaoeyo ( Xiaolin Zeng ) Ilya Nodia Jan Urschel Barrett Biggers Hector Trunnec Jhony Caballero Furio Tedeschi Alexander Iaccarino Termsit Siriphanich Steve Miller Orlando Arocena Joshua M. Smith Jinsung Lim Armiel John Calzada

Eating Patterns

Eating Patterns

We would like to share this Instagram account that has been making a lot of buzz lately. We’ll quite understand why because it is so refreshing and the idea of mixing two of my favourite things in the whole world. Design and Food, more specifically pattern design. Based in Vega, Barcelona; let’s follow their creative journey at making these very colorful images full of richness and combination from different food. This is what that is all about right? Making things with your hands and to stay creative! Make sure to check out and follow their Instagram: @eatingpatterns. Something between pattern design and cooking.   More information: https://www.instagram.com/eatingpatterns.

The Art of Kevin Peterson

The Art of Kevin Peterson

Kids, wolves, bears and birds are all part of the sublime art of Kevin Peterson, through the power message/icon of using kids as it's masterpiece is absolutely powerful in my opinion. The image we usually get from children are always related to joy and innocence but surrounded by animals is a totally imaginative approach. With an urban environment, we explore Kevin's pure creativity and craft. Hope you will enjoy! My work is about the varied journeys we take through life. It’s about growing up and living in a world that is broken. These paintings are about trauma, fear and loneliness and the strength that it takes to survive and thrive. They each contain the contrast of the untainted, young and innocent against a backdrop of a worn, ragged, and defiled world. Support versus restraint, bondage versus freedom, and tension versus slack are all themes that I often visit. My work deals with isolation, loneliness and longing teamed with a level of optimistic hope. Issues of race and the division of wealth have arisen in my recent work. This work deals with the idea of rigid boundaries, the hopeful breakdown of such restrictions, as well as questions about the forces that orchestrate our behavior. About Kevin Peterson Kevin is an artist currently located in Sherman, Texas where he actually works at Winter Street Studios. Through his many exhibitions, Kevin always keep himself pretty up-to-date on Instagram, check him out. More information: http://kevinpetersonstudios.com.

NASA's Visions of the Future

NASA's Visions of the Future

Following NASA's series Space Posters , they recently released a new series entitled: Visions of the Future. From what I was aware of, I've never seen NASA giving so many beautiful opportunities to makers and creators. For this case they thought about sharing a graphical tribute to the Grand Tour, the Mars Exploration Program and more. It's a dear pleasure to go through the collection, learn more about the story behind the art and being able to download a fullscale digital poster copy. Imagination is our window into the future. At NASA/JPL we strive to be bold in advancing the edge of possibility so that someday, with the help of new generations of innovators and explorers, these visions of the future can become a reality. As you look through these images of imaginative travel destinations, remember that you can be an architect of the future. For more information and dowload a free poster sized image: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/visions-of-the-future/

The Realistic Art of Mike Dargas

The Realistic Art of Mike Dargas

Mike Dargas is an artist currently living in Cologne, Germany. As a child, Mike already surpassed an interest for painting and uses oil colour in his early works. Coming from an inspiration of Dali, Caravaggio and HR Giga, Mike's art is a representation of surrealism and realism in a precise form of a photograph. The result is quite astonishing and so real. In his portraits, Mike is not limited on certain types. He portrays young and old, beautiful and dark, fragile and strong people. They are lost in thoughts, show inner conflicts or transmit a unique or even holy calmness. The perfection of his technique seems to seek for the perfect image, like he was searching for the soul within each single one. With his works Mike Dargas challenges us to take a deeper look, to understand the nature of human being and to question our own emotional perception. For more information check out: http://www.mikedargas.com/

The Work of Sir Carma

The Work of Sir Carma

Sir Carma has a hobby and it's to make Voxel Art. Currently located in Paris. Sir has a full-time job in a web agency and making Voxel Art is only an activity during his free time. Grewing up in the 80s/90s, the influences came from the 8-bit and 16-bit games like Zelda for example. One of Sir's dream is to one day, making its debut by making his very own game. What is Voxel Art? Well, to me it reminds me of Final Fantasy Tactics. But the definition is an art form that represents a value on a regular grid in three-dimensional space. It's primarily based upon its position relative to other voxels (pixels, points and polygons). Seeing life in voxels For more information check out: http://saymygame.com

New Inspiring Artworks by Ronald Restituyo

Back in June we showed you Ronald Restituyo's work for the first time. Since he has a lot of cool new artworks we are showcasing a new round of his inspiring drawings. Take a look. In you are not familiar with Ronald, he is a self taught artist with a civil engineering degree. Art is his passion and you can totally see that in his work. His pieces are beautiful. Enjoy! More about Ronald: Personal Website Instagram Society6

Virtual Depictions: San Francisco Art Project by Refik Anadol

Virtual Depictions: San Francisco Art Project by Refik Anadol

Refik Anadol is a media artist and designer based in Los Angeles, USA. Focusing on Architecture, Digital Art and animations, Refik created this stunning public art commission for 350 Mission Building in City of San Francisco, California. The main idea of ‚ÄėVirtual Depictions:San Francisco‚Äô is to bring 21st century approach to public art to define new poetics of space through media arts and architecture and to create a unique parametric data sculptures that has an intelligence, memory and culture. Through architectural transformations of media wall located in 350 Mission‚Äô lobby, main motivation with this seminal media architecture approach is to frame this experience with a meticulously abstract and cinematic site-specific data-driven narration. As a result, this media wall turns into a spectacular public event making direct and phantasmagorical connections to its surroundings through simultaneous juxtapositions. The project also intends to contribute to contemporary discourse of public art by proposing a hybrid blend of media arts and architecture in 21st century. All Rights to Refik Anadol All Rights to Refik Anadol All Rights to Refik Anadol All Rights to Refik Anadol All Rights to Refik Anadol All Rights to Refik Anadol All Rights to Refik Anadol All Rights to Refik Anadol Video Credits Virtual Depictions: San Francisco By Refik Anadol Commissioned by: Kilroy Realty Corporation John B. Kilroy, Jr. In cooperation with: The City of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee John Rahaim, Director of Planning Links Find out more about Refik Anadol: http://www.refikanadol.com Follow Refik on Behance: https://www.behance.net/refikanadol

The Art Message of Peter Tunney

The Art Message of Peter Tunney

Peter Tunney is an artist from New York who developed an amazing style of painting which is a mix of collages with acrylic painting over it and each piece carries a strong and positive message making it an outstanding composition. Check out some of his work on this post and enjoy! For three decades artist Peter Tunney has crisscrossed the globe‚ÄĒfrom the African savannah to Wall Street boardrooms he has amassed a wealth of experiences: funny, harrowing, infused with tragedy and joy‚ÄĒand on the other side of these countless miles he has emerged an artist with a message, his own media machine, affirming: GRATITUDE, DON‚ÄôT PANIC, THE TIME IS ALWAYS NOW, EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE AMAZING.

Typography on Mario De Meyer's Hand is Always a Masterpiece

Typography on Mario De Meyer's Hand is Always a Masterpiece

A typography work is always amazing to see, specially if besides that we have more than just hand made letters, but we have deep, graphic details, bevels and a uso of colors that make every single art almost a masterpiece. This is the work of Mario De Meyer, an graphic designer from Belgium. Take some time and give a look on his art! Don't forget to check more about Mario De Meyer's work on Behance.