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Soaring Arts Studio is the haven of creative expression for the Filling Home Habilitation Center. Adults with developmental disabilities are free to explore color and design through staff-facilitated experiences that encourage the process, but never dictate the outcome. The result is beautiful and unique painted canvases that serve as the foundation for a host of items produced right here in the Hab Center. Clients' original artwork designs are reproduced on these canvases and appliqued to the items creating one-of-a-kind, functional works of art!

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Offerings include tote bags, drawstring bags, dog collars and leashes, child and adult aprons, drink coasters, bookmarks and jewelry. Recently added to the menu are painted birdhouses and feeders made from gourds. The gourds are prepared by clients and allowed to dry until they are transformed in later workshops.

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Soaring Arts Studio began in February 2009 when Filling Homes Habilitation Center participated in an "Artist in Residence" program through the Ohio Arts Council. Artist Patty Mitchell came to the Filling Home and spent two weeks with us teaching us the technique of painting on fabric and how to facilitate the process for our artists. Patty provided us with a bright pallet of colors and showed us what joy can come from creating beautiful artwork together. The experience was magical for all who were involved! When the residency was over, the group decided that we wanted to continue painting and creating together...the rest is history!

All items are available for purchase through our store, located at 119 West Washington Street, Napoleon, and online at soaringarts.org. Proceeds from the sale of these items go toward supporting our art program.

Store Hours:  Mondays 9 AM - 7 PM ;  Tuesday thru Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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If you would like to help the Soaring Arts Stuido you can donate any of these items listed below.

Soaring Arts Studio Craft Items:

  • Black Sharpee Markers (Fine Point)
  • Small Artist Paintbrushes (Thick handles are helpful, especially the fan style)
  • Paintbrush Cleaner (Such as Krud Kutter)
  • Drawing Paper
  • Cardstock Paper (White or Bright Colored)
  • Drawing Pencils
  • Markers
  • Stretched Canvases for Painting
  • Standard Staples
  • Rulers & Yard Sticks
  • Ziplock Baggies (Quart & Gallon Sizes)
  • Small Gladware Containers With Lids
  • Paper Towels
  • Old (clean) Towels for Clean-Up Rags
  • Glue Sticks
  • Small Glue Gun Sticks
  • Adult Sized Scissors
  • Staplers
  • Plastic or Vinyl Tablecloths
  • Full Length Aprons
  • Colored Pencils

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