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ARC's A.R.T Program at JAXPORT Gallery

Show: Sep. 17 through Oct. 31, 2012

Reception: Tuesday, Sep. 18, 2012 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.


What is A.R.T.?

A.R.T. stands for Artistic Realization Technologies, a method created by Tim Lefens, an abstract expressionist painter and sculptor who lives in Belle Meade, New Jersey. Tim Lefens personally trains The Arc staff or volunteers on the A.R.T. method. These trained helpers, called trackers, work on a regular basis with the A.R.T. program participants. During a painting session, the tracker asks the artist enough yes/no questions to determine exactly what the artist wants on the canvas. Without creative input from the tracker, the artist indicates (sometimes with just a nod or blink to answer a question) the painting's size, the colors and brushes to be used, and the method to be performed to create the painting exactly as the artist envisions it. Some paintings are created by finding points which form geometric designs, other paintings are made by splattering or throwing paint, and yet more paintings are made by placing a laser light on the artist's head and then paint placed on canvas wherever the light shines.


Who are the artists?

The artists are from the Medically Fragile Program at The Arc Jacksonville, a not-for-profit organization that provides advocacy and quality services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Jacksonville, Florida. Even without the ability to hold a paint brush, these artists are able to create art in the truest sense by using Artistic Realization Technologies (A.R.T.). An A.R.T. room has been created at The Arc Jacksonville and it has become a haven for the artists, with paint cans, rolls of canvas, foam board wall, special lighting and lots of brushes and other artists’ tools.


What happens to the A.R.T.?

Most paintings are sold at the Annual A.R.T. Exhibition and Sale, which draws over one hundred attendees every year. Many pieces have been showcased in offices and homes around the city and in at least one case, internationally. The collection has also toured various art galleries, including the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach, the University of North Florida's Lufrano Intercultural Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Jacksonville. Half of the proceeds of each sale go directly to the artist and the other half goes to The Arc Jacksonville for more art supplies and promotion of the program. Most artists receive a paycheck for the first time in their lives, yet one artist gave his painting to his mom for Mother's Day and another artist sold his painting to his sister who displays it proudly in her home.


The mission of The Arc Jacksonville is to provide advocacy and quality services that enable people with developmental and intellectual disabilities to achieve their full potential, enhance their quality of life and be active participants in their communities.


For more information on the A.R.T. program or to purchase an A.R.T. painting, please contact The Arc Jacksonville, 904-355-0155, or visit our website, Additional information about Tim Lefen's method A.R.T. can be found at


For additional information and/or images, please contact Meredith Fordham Hughes by email or by phone at (904) 357-3052.


About JAXPORT Gallery

Located on the first floor of JAXPORT Headquarters, the Gallery features local artists rotating on a bi-monthly basis. JAXPORT Gallery is open during normal JAXPORT Headquarters hours and admission is free. Learn more about JAXPORT and the Arts.


Photo credit: JAXPORT, Meredith Fordham Hughes

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Taken on September 18, 2012