Art teacher’s “Wish” piece seeks community’s words of hope

What is your wish? Bloomfield Twp. artist Heather Kelly wants to know.

She’s hard at work on Wish, a 9′ x 4′ canvas combining digital
photography, Adobe Photoshop software, metallic powder and acrylic
paint,  a piece she will submit to Grand Rapids’ Art Prize competition
on Sept. 21.

Kelly is asking the community to submit their wishes to her, which she
will distort and display on the three-panel piece over the image of a
child. If she wins, Kelly plans to donate a portion of the proceeds to
the Make-A-Wish Foundation.


Most of the text is so small that it will appear as if it were a simple line to anyone not looking closely.

Kelly, who teaches graphic design, metals and the fundamentals of art
at Troy High School, is utilizing the latest technologies to collect
wishes for her project. In addition to a submission form on her
project’s website,, Kelly set up a Google Voice account where anyone can text (248) 838-WISH and the message will show up in Kelly’s email.

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