Pet Portraits at La Posada

Art Affects Helps Orchid Recovery Celebrate 12 Years!

April 2018

Art Affects' Expressive Arts Facilitator, Sarah Gualtieri (left) and Founder, Catherine Rich (right), share their artwork at the VSA Teaching Artist Collection.

December 2017

Happy Holidays from the Art Affects Facilitator Team!

November 2017- Gratitude and Transformations

Jewelry Making with VSA

Furniture Restoration

Art Affects facilitator and owner, Catherine Rich was asked to create recovery based curriculum designed around refurbishing an old bed. This bed had seen better days and had even weathered hurricane Irma in the Keys!  The piece needed a lot of attention and hard work to peel away the layers of life.  Even the staff joined in to form a community of people dedicated to making this transformation!


We used the furniture as a metaphor for the addict. The trials and tribulations that we all face through life's journey as well as addiction itself often leave us bruised and battered, tattered and torn, and in a sense like this old bed. During recovery we must tear away the layers and address the issues beneath. Only by doing so will we be able to rebuild. And hopefully, like this bed, we will come out better off for the journey we have taken.


October 2017

Fall Fun!

VSA Furniture Restoration and Painted Picnic Table

July 2017- Art and Recovery- Radio Broadcast

Art Affects owner Catherine Rich and teaching artist Lindsey Duncan along with Rachel Spiller, ATR were special guests on the Family Center for Recovery radio show about art and recovery.


July 2017- Urban Youth Impact

UYI's Summer Jam Art Affects SMART students are creating beautiful art to coincide with our #SJAM2017 theme - Under Construction. From our "Building Bridges" theme to "Building Faith" these footprints in the sand expressed finding confidence in obstacles.

Ever wonder what goes into an Art Affects workshop?  

Beyond writing curriculum for the specific populations being served, a lot goes into providing each workshop.  Often our team is busy preparing materials long before they reach the hands of our clients.  Below, Art Affects team member, Courtney Himick carefully prepares hand made masks using plaster and plastic mask forms.  Her creations are just the beginning of a beautiful process of self-expression.

Heroes in Recovery 6K- June, 2017

The Art Affects team supported the annual Heroes in Recovery 6K as a sponsor and as runners!

Student Mural at Stuart Middle School- May 2017

Martin County VSA Student Exhibit at the Elliot Museum- April 2017

For the past few months, Art Affects Owner, Catherine Rich has served as a teaching artist to five ESE classrooms in Martin County.  On April 20th, artwork from students from three of those classrooms was featured at the Elliot Museum exhibit opening.  The exhibit will be open to the public until Mother's Day.  

Light It Up Blue!- April 2017

This year's annual Johnny Q's Light it up Blue event was a great success.  Art Affects Owner, Catherine Rich, and Art Affects Facilitator and Administrative Assistant, Courtney Himick, attended and provide face painting in support of Connections Education Center of the Palm Beaches.

Jewelry Making Residency in Partnership with VSA- January 2017

Our Mural Time Lapse Videos are Finally Here!




New Day Adult Care Center's Annual Shopping Day- 2016


In November Art Affects participated in the New Day Shopping Day event!  The event featured artwork made by the clients of New Day during Art Affects workshops and helped to raise money for this worthy cause.  We met some great people and were able to express our love of art with the community.

Fall with Art Affects

Art Affects, LLC celebrates its 4 year anniversary! - September 2016

Jupiter Lighthouse- Acrylic, Catherine Rich
Jupiter Lighthouse- Acrylic, Catherine Rich

This month marks the fourth year that Art Affects has provided art programming to the clients of human service organizations in Southern Florida.  "It feels like only yesterday that I was thinking about how I could use my passion to help others in my community.  What began as a one-woman show has now grown to a team of dedicated and talented art professionals who help others each day through guided artistic expression.  I am so proud of what Art Affects has become and all of the healing that we are involved in every day," says Art Affects' founder Catherine Rich.  Art Affects provides daily art programming to a variety of populations throughout Martin, Palm Beach, and Broward counties.  "We are so grateful to our customers who have trusted us these past four years to provide top notch-artistic programming for their clients and we are dedicated to continuing to provide this excellence for many years to come."


Recovery Mural- June 2016

Painted by Owner, Catherine Rich and Workshop Facilitator, Lindsey Duncan pictured below.

8 Week Artist Residency and Art Show at Citrus Grove Elementary- March- May 2016

Lunafest- March 24th, 2016

On March 24th 2016 Florida Atlantic University’s Lifelong Learning Society hosted Lunafest, a distinctive touring film festival that honors the talents and stories of women everywhere through a series of short films.

The proceeds of Lunafest go to LUNA’s primary cause partner, the Breast Cancer Fund, an organization dedicated to identifying and advocating for the elimination of environmental causes of the disease.

This is Art Affects' third year supporting Lunafest.  Art Affects, LLC believes that everyone can benefit from the healing nature of art and creativity and it is because of this belief that Art Affects chose to donate a "healing arts basket" that was included to help raise money for this worthy cause.  

Autism Speaks Charity Dinner- Jupiter Middle School of Technology- March 2nd, 2016

In collaboration with Mrs. Roisin Capparelli's class, Art Affects, LLC created three one-of-a-kind chairs to be auctioned at this year's Autism Speaks Charity Dinner.  Funds raised during the event will help Autism Speaks to continue in its mission to conduct research and spread awareness of autism.

Connections Education Center of the Palm Beaches


The students of Connections Education Center of the Palm Beaches participated in a painting workshop.  The resulting paper was combined to create a collaborative collage.  Connections Education Center provides exemplary educational services to students, regardless of where the student falls on the autism spectrum. 

Connections Education Center

Addiction and Behavioral Health Executive Panel Series- February 23rd, 2016

Art Affects, LLC was one of only 14 exhibitors featured at this quarter's sold out Executive Panel Series.


Learn more about future events below. 


This is a quarterly event at the Herb Skolnick Community Center, in Pompano Beach, FL featuring panels of Executives and Thought Leaders in Addiction and Behavioral Health. It will cover “HOT” topics every quarter and give attendees a chance to “ask the experts” any questions on better business practices, billing, drug testing, licensure, DCF, Accreditation, treatment, sales, marketing, and any other aspect of the addiction and behavioral health industry. Each event will also reveal LinkedIn SECRETS, TIPS, and Back-Doors to maximizing LinkedIn by the national industry Leader on LinkedIn (CLICK HERE)

Rockers in Recovery- Love of Recovery- February 13th, 2016

South Florida Rockers Unite To Fight Addiction at the 5th Annual - Love of Recovery Music Festival - February 13, 2016 11AM - 11:00PM - The Concert Green @ CB Smith Park 900 N Flamingo Road, Pembroke Pines, Florida, 33028.



3rd Annual Run for Recovery- 5K- November 21st, 2015

Art Affects participated in the 3rd annual Run for Recovery supporting Fern House: Residential Rehabilitation for Men.  It was a morning of fun, fellowship, and sweat as we continued the effort to break the stigma attached to the disease of addiction. 




South Florida Special Olympics- Saturday April 11, 2015

Art Affects founder, Catherine Rich and workshop facilitator, Eric Olson were featured as this years' VSA teaching artists at the South Florida Special Olympics on April 11th at John I. Leonard Community High School in Greenacres, Florida.  VSA is the state organization on arts and disability. This year, the athletes and their families participated in creating a collaborative 3 dimensional sculpture.  

April 25, 2015

Art Affects helped to sponsor this years' Heroes in Recovery 6K race bright and early on April 25th in Coconut Creek, Florida.  

Holiday Art Night With Friends

Gals Night, December 2014

Sometimes girls (or boys) just want to have fun!  Recently Art Affects was delighted to bring the joy of art and the season to some local young artists.  Participants explored clay sculpting techniques while creating whimsical snowmen just in time to trim the trees.  

Holiday Ornaments at Renaissance Learning Center

December 2014

The Renaissance Learning Center is a nonprofit Palm Beach County charter school, serving children with autism ages 3 - 14.  During Art Affects workshops, the students of RLC participate in art projects designed to stimulate mental and emotional activity while fostering creative expression.  The workshops are not only therapeutic; they are fun.   A growing body of research suggests that art activities have numerous mental, emotional, and even physical benefits. 

Individuals on the spectrum are often visual learners.  As such, art is a powerful tool for working with them.  Art has the capacity to improve self-esteem, advance communication and self-expression and increase socialization with this population.  Participating in art activities can have a calming and nurturing effect on the individual but also enriches the community.  “I love to see the students embracing new ways of connecting with the world around them," says Catherine Rich, Art Affects' founder.

November 2014

September 2014

Assisted Living Collage

Community Collage at The Gardens Court Rehabilitation Center

April 2014


Patients at The Gardens Court recently explored their artistic side and honored their contributions to the community by painting small wooden pieces to be included in a community collage.


The objective of the workshop was to explore how the contributions of each member help strengthen and bring beauty to the community as a whole, as well as, to celebrate the individual contributions and accomplishments of the participants.  


The piece will be framed and displayed for all to enjoy in the community room at The Gardens Court.

Art Affects at Lunafest 2014

Lunafest Donation

Necklace donation by Art Affects helped raise money for breast cancer research

Jupiter, FL, March 2014-


On March 20th 2014 Florida Atlantic University’s Lifelong Learning Society will host Lunafest, a distinctive touring film festival that honors the talents and stories of women everywhere through a series of short films. 


Fifteen percent of the proceeds of Lunafest will go to LUNA’s primary cause partner, the Breast Cancer Fund, an organization dedicated to identifying and advocating for the elimination of environmental causes of the disease.


In addition to films by, for and about women, Lunafest will also feature refreshments, a raffle, and information by local organizations supporting women’s interests.


One such organization is Art Affects, LLC a local, and woman owned business.  This year the donation of a handmade necklace and earring set by Art Affects founder, Catherine Rich will be included in the Lunafest raffle.  


“When I heard about Lunafest and the causes that it supports, I knew that Art Affects should be involved,” said Catherine.  


Catherine lost her mother at a young age to a battle with breast cancer.  In her adult life, Catherine has felt strongly about advocating for and supporting breast cancer research.   “I look forward to the day that this disease will no longer take mothers, daughters, wives, and sisters from their families,” said Catherine.  


In honor of her mother, Catherine designed a pink, breast cancer necklace and earring set to be included in the fundraiser.  “I am so pleased to be a part of this exciting event and to honor a wonderful, strong, and beautiful mother as well as all women who are touched by this terrible disease.”

December 2013, the partnership between Art Affects, LLC and New Day Adult Care Center was recently featured in an article in the Florida News Weekly.


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Holiday Collage Greeting Cards

Celebrating the Season, Family, and our Memories: