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Fine Arts Exhibition showcases works by artists with disabilities

More than 80 works of art, from paintings to photographs and drawings, will be featured in the Mary Free Bed Fine Arts Exhibition, which opens Monday and runs through June 27. The 35th annual event, sponsored by the Mary Free Bed Guild, will spotlight pieces by 31 artists with disabilities. The exhibition kicks off with…
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Annual Guild Art Show at Mary Free Bed

Thank you to all who participated in the 35th annual Mary Free Bed Fine Arts Exhibition. Please stay tuned for details on the 36th annual event. This exhibition focuses on the contributions of Michigan artists who are physically challenged. The event seeks to promote community awareness and education while providing a showcase for artists.

Meet the Artists of the 2013 Mary Free Bed Fine Arts Exhibition

Meet some of the artists of the 31st Annual Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Fine Arts Exhibition. Lane Cooper, featured artist of this year’s art show, shares he learned about the art show about six years ago when he was a patient at Mary Free Bed, and has been participating ever since. Lane loves the…
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Artist David Thinger shares about his art and his injury

“Sometimes the most difficult things in your life are the best for you,” David Thinger says. David, featured artist for the 30th Annual Mary Free Bed Guild Fine Arts Exhibition, sustained a brain injury that caused him to have an uncontrollable seizure disorder. He’s learned to accept life as it is, and is committed to use his…
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Restoring hope, sharing beauty

Often the road to hope and recovery is a maze with twists and turns that move forward then backward. Vern Criner has been navigating his maze for 4 years. Vern has suffered setbacks, surgeries and despair. But, his times at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital have provided steps forward toward hope. Vern was a florist…
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Connection of Inclusion: Mary Free Bed partners with artists from Community Inclusive Recreation for ArtPrize® 2011

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital takes its participation with ArtPrize seriously. For the third year running, Mary Free Bed has sought artists with ties to the hospital’s mission of restoring hope and freedom. As with the previous two years, the pairing of artist and venue had to be just right. The Connection: Community Inclusive Recreation…
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Grand Rapids artist Carol Roeda and Mary Free Bed partner for ArtPrize

  When the ArtPrize® pairing of artists and venues began, Carol Roeda, a Grand Rapids-based artist, and Mary Free Bed wanted a meaningful connection if they were going to participate in the international art competition held in downtown Grand Rapids. Even before Carol entered her proposal on the ArtPrize website, she knew if she was…
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You’re Invited: Dedication Ceremony for “Rain,” 2009 ArtPrize Entry

On Monday, April 12, the Mary Free Bed Guild will hold a dedication ceremony for the sculpture Rain by artist Anna Donahue. The Guild bought and commissioned the piece to be bronzed after exhibiting it at the hospital for ArtPrize 2009. Artist Anna Donahue and her family have ties that run deep with both art and…
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