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Inspiring Findlay Artists at Kan Du Studio Create Refrigerator Art for AEP Ohio

by on April 29, 2015

“Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known” – Oscar Wilde

Four artists and two staff members at Kan Du Studio combined their individual talents to turn a vintage, inefficient and recycled refrigerator into an inspiring, brightly colored piece of art as a way to educate customers about our Appliance Recycling Program.fridgeartfindlay

Kan Du Studio, an extension of Blanchard Valley Industries in Findlay, Ohio, is an art studio and gallery that gives adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to express themselves, and communicate and connect with the community through the arts.

The artists of Kan Du studio looked to their mascot, Buddy, and several other unique characters and illustrations to bring this vintage refrigerator to life. To add a burst of color and individuality, the artists dripped colorful paint down the sides of the refrigerator.

“Our artists are people who have hopes and dreams just like you and me. They love having people see their artwork and to know that they are capable of contributing to the community,” said Rebecca Combs, Kan Du Studio manager. “This project was a fun way to think outside the box and really express their creativity and individuality.”

The artwork Kan Du Studio artists create is displayed and sold at art shows across the state to generate awareness about the capabilities of individuals with disabilities and compensate the artists for their work.

This transformed refrigerator will be on display at Kan Du Studio during Findlay’s Art Walk this Friday, May 1, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

If you can’t make it to Findlay for the Art Walk, you can see this refrigerator and the five others in the AEP Ohio booth at the Columbus Arts Festival June 12-14, 2015.

The Appliance Recycling Program is part of our initiative to help customers use less energy, decrease energy costs, conserve natural resources and protect the environment. AEP Ohio customers can earn a $50 rebate when they schedule their inefficient refrigerator or freezer to be recycled, and we’ll pick up the appliance free of charge. For additional information about AEP Ohio’s energy efficient programs, visit

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