Celebrating 11 Years
Pontiac, MI – Renard Small will be celebrating his 11th anniversary as
Artist in Residence at The Art Experience with an exhibit of his
work. It opens on Friday June 29th, 2012, 6-8:30 pm at The Art
Renard has been Artist in Residence since 2001 after graduating
from Kennedy Center in Pontiac. He is an artist with autism. “His
art is a way of communicating with those who view his art. It
provides an avenue to get to know him in a way that may otherwise
be inhibited by having autism” says Lindsey Klingenberg, staff
member and art therapist at The Art Experience. Renard uses a wax-
resist method of painting where he first lays down a design with oil
pastels and fills in the remaining spaces with watercolors. His
mother informs that his paintings are often influenced by his
environment and experiences. He spends 20 hours per week
working in the studio year round. His art may be purchased by
contacting The Art Experience.
Opening Exhibit Friday June 29th, 2012, 6-8:30 pm
Exhibit runs through July 27th.
Additionally, we are pleased to announce that a portion of the
exhibit will travel to Oakland County Community Mental Health
Authority and be on display from August 20 - September 17th.
Please stop by to see the OCCMHA offices infused with Renard's
|36x28" watercolor on paper
Upcoming 2013 Exhibits
Healing Power of the Arts, June 22 - July 27th, more information to come...
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Katie Serewicz Retrospective: An Artist's Journey
Saturday October 20th, 4-7 pm
Exhibit Closes 12/8
Katie was a creative powerhouse. Her career began in
the 1980’s designing sport clothing and stationery
commercially, but her artistic range also included finely
detailed works and more fluid, personal expressions.
During the ‘90’s she later found her true niche and
passion in art therapy. In 1996 Katie co-founded The Art
Experience, a non-profit community art studio in
Pontiac providing inclusive and affordable arts
programming to all in the community.
Trained in art therapy, the founders emphasized the benefits of creative experiences and worked to
make those experiences accessible for everyone. Katie guided youth and adults, including people with
developmen¬tal disabilities, mental illness or those recovering from substance abuse, to realize their
own creative potential and to see themselves as artists. In her own creative work, Katie allowed the
emotional component to inform her art and encouraged those whom she taught and mentored to do the
Katie’s life was cut short due to a ruptured cerebral aneurysm. She passed in March of 2011. Come
celebrate her life, her work and view two of her passions—her art and The Art Experience.