Meet the Artist: Fred Legg
I have been a professional acrylic artist for over 40 years. There are 3 people I give credit to for helping me along my journey with the arts. First, God Almighty – He has given me the gift of art, and I am so appreciative. Second, Jerry Yarnell – an artist and teacher that I’ve studied and emulated. Third, my grandfather Fred Brown. When he died he willed me his art supplies. Since then, I feel his gift of art with me throughout this creative journey – I am so thankful for this gift.
Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant (Retired)
Member of the Grace Communion Melbourne, Florida http://gcimelbourne.com
Lessons completed by students of the Art Workshops
Art Ministry at Grace Communion of Melbourne
The local church is a place that experiences beauty, imagination, and using Gods’ gifts to help one another to create a better community and a better you. God values the creators of the canvases. He is The Master artist of all that is good (look at a sunset, a mother with her baby, the many landscapes..). His beauty and creativity are expressed in nature and throughout the universe.
Understanding this helps me to appreciate and understand His personality as He shares with us His presence more and more. The “Art Ministry” is about looking at Gods’ creation; its colors and designs, variety of subjects and knowing that you have been given a gift to create something from nothing. Painting brings so much joy to others and self (watching the artist develop skills and seeing their gifts grow.)
As a Professional Artist and Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant, I am able to adapt their environment, making sure the students are using the correct equipment, using proper movements of the brushes, and supporting them throughout the painting process.
We encourage free self-expression through impressionistic painting, learning a new skill, (hobby), and making new friends. It allows us to explore and share our God given gifts and talents. Many who attend these classes are also dealing with various physical and social issues, (i.e., Alzheimer’s, dementia, physical limitations, isolation/loneliness, family illness, or the recent death of a family member). Supplies will be discussed when there is an interest to join an existing group or just freate your own art group.