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Legacy lives on in artwork donated to Mary Free Bed

Pat Seanor met Larry O’Toole in 1969, when they were students at Grand Rapids Junior College. The young, aspiring artists struck up a friendship that continued until Larry’s death in 1986 following a lifelong struggle with rheumatoid arthritis. Larry was just 34 when he died, but his legacy is preserved in his large scope of…
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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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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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