Adults with special needs put talents to work at Soul Studio

Adam Egrin made an electric guitar, cutting the shape of the instrument from wood and piecing together parts from other guitars. He painted it white and adhered colorful beads to the front of it. He plugged it in and strummed earlier this month at the Dresner Foundation Soul Studio in West Bloomfield, where Egrin is among roughly 60 artists who paint, work with fiber and clay, sew, make music, take photographs and use technology to reveal talents hidden to the average person. Each of them has special needs, whether it’s autism or cerebral palsy, Down syndrome or other conditions, but all are welcome at Soul Studio, said Bassie Shemtov, who founded the art center about a year ago with her husband, Levi Shemtov.

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