Art Speaks: Creative Arts Studio Exhibit & Reception

Celebrate Challenge Mountain Artists

In its second year, the Challenge Mountain partnership with Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey continues to provide creative programming to people living with disabilities.

As a culmination of past art classes, Art Speaks: Creative Arts Studio Celebration is now on exhibit in the Atrium Gallery thru Saturday, October 21. This exhibition features work created by students in the Challenge Mountain and Crooked Tree Arts Center’s Creative Arts Studio program.

Thursday, October 12, 2023
5:30 – 7pm

Open to the Public
Celebrate the artists while touring the exhibit.
Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.
Connect with fellow attendees. 

Over the years, Challenge Mountain has integrated many forms of art into its programming, ranging from stained glass, painting, woodworking, mosaics, ceramics, and dance/movement. Thanks to anonymous donor support, Challenge Mountain and Crooked Tree Arts Center formed a partnership to offer consistent weekly classes in the creative arts to people living with cognitive and physical disabilities.

Typically six-week sessions, participants learn art fundamentals and art history while applying skills to create everything from paintings to three-dimensional crafts. “Partnerships with organizations like Crooked Tree help us to expand our adaptive program offerings,” shares Challenge Mountain Executive Director Elizabeth Gertz. “Rather than reinventing activities for our participants, we’re working side-by-side to embrace the best of each organization…it just makes everyone stronger.”

Participants gain personal fulfillment through a sense of accomplishment and a feeling of acceptance that translates positively into their everyday lives. Challenge Mountain programming experiences — from art programming to adaptive outdoor recreation — create positive individual and group development, while building social and character skills.

Challenge Mountain programs are centered on having fun, making and sustaining friendships, building confidence and independence, and, most importantly, fostering positive and hopeful expectations for living life with a disability.


Crooked Tree Arts Center, Atrium Gallery
461 E. Mitchell Street, Petoskey, MI 49770

Support art programs an other adaptive recreational activities with an ONLINE DONATION.





Challenge Mountain is a non-profit 501c3 organization with Tax ID 38-2563815.

Started in 1984, Challenge Mountain removes barriers and supports social inclusion through adaptive recreation for children, youth and adults living with physical and cognitive disabilities. Activities include adaptive skiing and biking, nature and cultural activities, art programs, equine therapy and numerous other life-enriching programs.