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Jennifer O’Neal
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Tom di Maria
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July 18, 2013—Creative Growth Art Center is pleased to announce:

40 Years: Departures
On view from August 2 – September 12, 2013

As the oldest and largest studio in the world for adult artists wtih disabilities, and currently supporting well over one-hundred artists within its program, Creative Growth has witnessed the sometimes decades long process of an artist uncovering their personal style.

As part of an ongoing 40th anniversary exhibition series, Departures celebrates the unrelenting evolution of the artwork emerging from the Oakland studio.

Presenting new work from Creative Growth artists who after many years, or sometimes just months in the studio, have expanded their use of materials or taken a departure from their established working style.

For artists Donald Mitchell and Maureen Clay, a shift in scale and from working on paper to painting on canvas has unveiled an acuity that magnifies the depth of their abstracted works. Lauren Dare and Monica Valentine—the newest artists represented in this group—take on discarded, irregular wood cutouts creating layered assemblages that stack in a seemingly serendipitous order.

Join Creative Growth on Friday, August 2nd, for a public opening with live music, drinks and Art Murmur, an evening art walk in and around Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood.

Special Program:
Director Tom di Maria will present a ‘members preview’ exhibition walk-through on Friday, August 2, at 11:30AM

Exhibition Opening:

FRIDAY, August 2
Members’ Preview: 11AM – 2PM
Main Event: 5PM – 9PM
Director’s Walk-through: 11:30AM


355 24th Street,
Oakland CA 94612
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Maureen Clay, Untitled, 2013, Paint on canvas, 36″ x 36″


Donald Mitchell, Untitled, 2013, Acrylic paint on canvas, 30″ x 40″