Holland Area Arts Council Opens New “Angels” Exhibit with Art for All

The Holland Area Arts Council invites the public to the opening reception for the Art for All “Angels” art display on November 25th from 6:30 – 7:30 pm in the Lievense Gallery. This exhibit features art created by the Art for All program for adults with cognitive and physical disabilities lead by Sandie Coffman.

During the reception Art for All students will be encouraged to talk about their art piece, bio, and photos framed in the gallery. There will also be a special dance routine performed by Desiree Love, a senior at Hope College who will be interning at Art for All next semester.

The Art for All program, a unique program for mentally and physically impaired adults, began in 1985 as an opportunity for individuals in the community to experience the arts. Original underwriting was by the Life Consultation Center and the class was held at Hope College’s Depree Center for the Arts. By 1997, the program was absorbed by the Holland Area Arts Council and classes were moved to its new building. Mae Van Ark, a local artist and art instructor, was the guiding light for the program and taught the Art for All classes from inception until her retirement in 2009.

Today, the Art for All program is a year-round class taught once a week for an hour and a half. The present supervising instructor is Sandie Coffman and attendance varies from 13 to 20 students each week. This program is special in that the participants are paired with community volunteers from the area, including high school and Hope College students for motion and artistic exercises. Art for All students are exposed to various art mediums including printmaking, weaving, clay sculpture, painting, and wood construction as well as dance and movement.

The Holland Area Arts Council is a nonprofit organization working to educate, engage and challenge the community through the arts.  The Arts Council is located at 150 East 8th Street. Call (616) 396-3278, email or visit for more information