Saturday, February 21, 10 am to 2 pm

Big Art Supply Sale in the RAC Off Center

Julian Easel

Julian Easel

Local artist, Ilona Brustad, is moving to Seattle and most of her art supplies can not go with her.  Nearly 30 years of collected art supplies.

There are dozens of Frames – both Wood and Metal
Mat boards
A Genuine Julian Easel
Watercolor Paper
Pastel Paper
Colored Pencils
Loads of Mosaic Tiles
A Glass Grinder
and so much much more …….

A few pictures…

Five art studios have been built in the Riverside Arts Center venue.  They are located on the second floor of our Off Center next to the Dance Studio.

Looking into studio from the hallway.

Looking into Studio from Hallway


Artists can get to their studios via the elevator or stairs.  There is easy access to bathrooms and water.  The studios range from 120 to 150 square feet.

The back wall is brick, the side walls are wood panels.  These sidewalls do not go all the way to the ceiling which allows the entire studio area to share the overhead lighting and heating.   Each studio has two outlets so extra lighting can be brought into the spaces.

Security:  Each art studio has it’s own locking door and the main door going into the studio area is also locked.  The general public does not have access to this area unless previously planned and with the knowledge of renting artists.

Looking into Hallway from Studio

Looking into Hallway

Safety Paint Cabinet

Safety Cabinet

Art Studio Closet

Art Studio Closet

A shared paint cabinet is located in the common area if any artist needs to store flammable paint materials.  And the closet has a water sink for cleaning art supplies.

If you have any questions, would like to learn more about these studios or set up an appointment to see any available studios, please go to our Contact page to send a message.



Ypsilanti Area Community Fund awards generous grant to Riverside Arts Center to begin “Art Therapy for Teens” program.

Ypsilanti Area Community Fund

The Ypsilanti Area Community Fund recently awarded the RAC a grant to begin a weekly art therapy program for at-risk high school students.

So what is art therapy?

Art therapy is a mental health profession in which clients, facilitated by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem.

A goal in art therapy is to improve or restore a client’s functioning and his or her sense of personal well-being.  Art therapy requires knowledge of visual art (drawing, painting, sculpture, and other art forms.) and the creative process , as well as of human development, psychological, and counseling theories and techniques.

Art Therapy Research

Today art therapy is widely practiced in a large variety of settings.   During group sessions art therapists elicit their clients’ inherent capacity for art making to enhance their physical , mental, and emotional well-being.  Research supports the use of art therapy within a professional relationship for the therapeutic benefits gained through artistic self-expression and reflections for individuals who experience illness, trauma, and mental health problems and those seeking personal growth.

Here at the RAC

The art therapy sessions will take place from February through June .  We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the Ypsilanti Area Community Fund for affording us this wonderful opportunity.

The visitors to the art gallery cast their votes throughout the month of October as they visited the Great Lakes Small Works exhibit.  And the winning pieces are: Flight Club for 2D and Stacked for 3D.

Flight Club by Mary Jo Olson


“Flight Club”

12 x 9″

by Mary Jo Olson



Stacked Paper by Katie Mongoven







2 x 9 x 6″

by Katie Mongoven

Congrats to these two artists in winning the People’s Choice Awards.  If you have not seen all of the award winning pieces, check out this blog post.

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