Fashion & Fabulousness

Painted with Love

IMG_6560.JPGCTF ILLINOIS will host their first annual Painted With Love Shopping Event at The Painted Turtle, a new art studio in downtown Tinley Park for individuals with disabilities to learn various art techniques and present their artwork to the community. The event will take place on February 9, 2017, from 4-7p.m. The Painted Turtle is a place for individuals with disabilities to learn new, creative skills, participate in art therapy programs, and engage with the community around them. The space is fully equipped to allow individuals with disabilities to create their own art in the studio as well as sell their work to the public via the storefront.

CTF ILLINOIS is a nonprofit organization grounded in their vision to create a culture where people are not defined by their differences but recognized for the value they bring to their communities. The Painted Turtle is a reflection of this thought process. The studio not only gives individuals with disabilities an outlet to express themselves through art, but connects them with members of the community, helping to shed light on their ample skills and abilities and fostering true community integration.  IMG_6872.JPG

The Shopping Event will include Valentine’s Day and spring-inspired artwork created by the individuals that attend The Painted Turtle program. Guests will enjoy food and sweets from our sponsors, Creative Cakes (Tinley Park), Artesa Baking Company (Homer Glen), Simply Serve Meals (Tinley Park), and Whipped and Frosted Boutique (Joliet), while they shop the latest items.  

How incredible are these pieces??! I love them!IMG_6884.JPG

Along with serving as a program option for individuals with disabilities, The Painted Turtle is also a community center, open to the public five days a week. All proceeds from the sales of artwork goes directly to the individual who created it. Members of the community are encouraged to browse and shop the storefront during business hours as well as attend special, after-hours and weekend events like Wine and Paint Nights and Open Mic Nights.


If you have any questions about the upcoming event, please contact Robin Curtner, Director of Development, at (708)429-1260, ext. 1263 or CTF ILLINOIS is looking forward to becoming more involved in the Tinley Park area and is excited to connect their artists with other community members. You can visit the CTF ILLINOIS website at Photos of artwork and past events can be found on The Painted Turtle’s Facebook page.


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