Landscapes Real and Imagined
A Group Show by the
The Artful Steps Program at Stepping
Stones Growth Center
Through December 5, 2007
"Tall Tower" by Tanisha DeCuir
About the Program
The Artful Steps Program in San
Leandro teaches developmentally disabled adults
methods for self-expression through the visual
arts. The goal of Artful Steps is to enhance individuals’ self-esteem
and independence, as well as artistic ability.
Classes are designed to allow the artists opportunities
to explore and experiment with various media. Instruction
in painting ranges from traditional stretching
and painting on canvas to modern spray-painting
techniques. A popular medium of late has been embroidery.
The artists have found embroidery to be both a
meditative and fulfilling process, as they watch
their designs come to life with colorful string.
The Artful Steps teachers are accomplished artists
themselves and have brought fresh and exciting
art techniques to our program. Currently, students
are learning how to silk-screen and weave. In addition,
Artful Steps has started a ceramics department
and acquired a kiln, which will allow them to explore
a variety of sculpting techniques.
Through our community-based
art exhibits, Artful Steps can enlighten the public
of the artistic abilities of our clients. We appreciate
the opportunity to showcase their talents and the
support of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.
About the Show
While all our artists live in the
Bay Area, each is stimulated by a different aspect
of their environment. From the busy streets of
Oakland to the peaceful Bay, each person has their
own inspiration. Some artists use photographs
taken for their work, while others use a memory
— but all are unique!
This show also features the artwork of our talented
Artful Steps staff: Amelia Berumen, Missy Brooks,
Janice Granby and Veronica Sloan.
For More Information
Artful Steps is a nonprofit
program that is funded by the Regional Center of
the East Bay and supported by the San Francisco
Foundation and individual donors. We operate within
Stepping Stones Growth Center, which has been serving
persons with disabilities in the East Bay since
For more information, contact Missy Brooks, Artful
Steps director, 510.567.2621