Flying Colors

Author(s): Tim Lefens
Original Publish Date: Jun 25, 2005
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (6.67 hours)
Product Number: Z100095902
Released: Jun 21, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781481562065
Narrator/s: Grover Gardner
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When Tim Lefens walked into the Matheny School in New Jersey to show slides of his paintings, his one-hour visit became a life-changing experience. The students he met had severe physical challenges: only one of them could talk, none could walk, and all lacked the use of their hands. As a painter facing his own gradual loss of eyesight, Tim had come to fully appreciate the power of art, and he was determined to enable the students to paint despite their physical limitations. Lefens created breakthrough techniques for these students that gave full, exacting control of the creative process. Flying Colors, an immensely inspiring story about leaping over obstacles, reveals the passion and determination of one man, his student-artists, and their emergence together from a virtual silence to luminous expression.

Professional reviews

"The founder of A.R.T. (Art Realization Techniques) tells the story of his efforts to give physically handicapped students an outlet for their artistic creativity. After a one-hour visit to the Matheny School in New Jersey, Tim Lefens is inspired to work with its students, developing new techniques in teaching and eventually organizing an art show at a New York gallery. As his project grows, he faces objections within the school that might bring it to an end. Grover Gardner reads with an announcer's tones but also infuses the story with Lefens's passsion and creates well-developed voices for the secondary characters. This upbeat, dramatic story of overcoming odds is a day-brightener listeners shouldn't overlook. J.A.S. (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine"