This Wednesday we went to TURN's annual Christmas Party! And can I say- our program definitely has the partying-est folks that there are! We had lots of fun visiting with staff and clients from other programs, chowing down on pizza, and of course dominating the dance floor! I'm proud to say that we pretty much always had folks from our program representing out on the dance floor, often several. And to top it all off, everyone got presents!!!! There was lots of cool swag including solar powered dancing Christmas character toys, teddy bears, coloring books, and more!
We're so thankful for all the work those at the main office put into this party to make it a success. I know that our clients look forward to this party, and it did not disappoint! Just look at these happy faces!
When we finally got back to the program, everyone was tired from all the dancing and socializing, but very happy. We're already looking forward to the festivities next year!
You guys, I utterly failed at writing any blog posts about our month in November! Can I blame it on making our calendars? I'm going to blame it on making our calendars. And as a reminder, please get your orders in for our calendars before next Wednesday, the 7th! See our main page to look at the thumbnails of what images are in each calendar.
We sure are getting into the Christmas spirit today! Tonight is the December Gallery Stroll (it's an early one) and we have been Christmas-ing and Winter-ing up the place in preparation. This week we've been working on some ornaments for our tree and today we got them all on the tree, along with our paper chain garland and beautiful tree topper. I love our tree!
It's great to look at our tree and see each individual's personality and style reflected in the hand drawn ornaments, and it gives our tree a very homey feel :)
Although it's cold, we are also embracing the beauty of winter with the project we're doing in Natasha's class this morning. Natasha printed up a bunch of pictures of beautiful ice formations, and we are attempting to recreate some of that beauty. Ice is more complicated than you'd think so it's a bit of a struggle, but some of the pieces are turning out quite nicely already!
Lastly, but definitely not least, join us for Gallery Stroll tonight. December is a special show where we showcase the work of TURN employees, volunteers, and clients from other TURN programs. It's a beautiful show, and you don't want to miss it! In addition to that, we have a Christmas themed collaborative piece on display that you'll definitely want to check out. We'll also have plenty of magnets and prints for sale so you can give your loved ones the gift of art for Christmas!
Witches, superheroes and Ghostbusters... It must be Halloween. What a fun day! Fully costumed for the festivities, Natasha led a fall-themed art project, painting with red, yellow, and orange, and accents in white pastel. The next step was creating spooky shapes out of black glue for texture. The finishing touch was gold and red ink sprayed onto the piece to tie it all together. For inspiration during the creative session, we listened to Halloween music – the Ghostbusters Theme song, howling wolf music, and Nightmare Before Christmas songs. Several of us also practiced scary witch cackling!
Next, we expressed ourselves by doing shadow theater in the main room. Behind a backlit white sheet hung from the ceiling, everyone took turns dancing free form. There was lots of active participation and some great dance moves.
Then with Katie as our Halloween poem narrator, people took turns acting out the words. During “Witch’s Brew”, Sabrina was a fine witch stirring her brew, being scared off by Jon coming out of the black cauldron.
The next acting session of shadow theatre required a witch and three ghosts, who took turns running off, counting down to no more ghosts on stage. Kim, Jon and Chris, among others, really got into character as our ghosts.
Next, we acted out black cats yowling, growling and prowling, having fun using one of Jason’s martial arts belts as a make-shift cat’s tail.
All in all, the day was macabre, eerie, and downright silly.
Okay, so we had both events last week for the art shows that we have some of our artists exhibiting in. Last Monday we had a gala and award presentation for the Sandy Visual Art Show. There were quite a few entries in our category, and even with the volume there, we still received some awards! Katie F. got 5th place in her category, and Chris, Jessi W, Katie G, Nikki, and Jonathan E all got Honorable Mention certificates! In addition to that, Nick, Richard, Ann, Earl, Jessica D, August, Darin, Sabrina, and Nina all got an Award of Merit for their artwork! We're very excited to be so well represented at the Sandy Show. Remember you can still check out the show through October 28th, and it is showing at the Sandy Senior Center, located at 9310 S 1300 E.
Last Thursday there was an artist reception for those participating in the Cottonwood Heights Art Show. It was a nice low key event, where the artists could meet and mingle with each other, and also vote on which piece they think was best in the show. We had quite a few of our artists with work displayed in this show. The show remains on display at the Whitmore Library through the end of October. Although this show did not give out awards, it has still been a great opportunity for our artists to display their work for the public.
So you guys, it is art show season! We have two opening receptions just this week for art shows that our wonderful artists are displaying work in. The Cottonwood Heights Art show is on display right now at the Whitmore Library for the month of October, and we have 12 individuals displaying at that show. There is an artist reception this Thursday the 20th, so you can drop by and talk to the artists about their artwork. The gallery is downstairs in the library, so drop by and check it out!
The other art show we are displaying in is the Sandy Visual Art Show. We've participated in this show in the past, but never quite at this volume. The past few years, the most artists from our program we've had enter work in this show was 3, and this year we had 16 of our artists enter their work! I dropped everything off last week, and I haven't heard yet about anything being juried out, so I think that means that all 16 will be on display! You can check out this show and our wonderful artwork at the Sandy Senior Center located at 9310 S 1300 E from Tuesday, October 18th-Friday, October 28th, and the center is open from 10 am-6 pm. This show also is presenting awards to some of the artwork, so make sure you drop by and see what awards we got!
We just have so much fun here! Each week we have a class that we call Music Painting. In that class, we choose a different style of music to listen to, then give everyone paint and let the music guide and inform their painting and style for the day. Natasha chooses the styles, and this week's was definitely a winner! We listened to Jewish wedding music, and it was a hit! Everyone was dancing, clapping, and painting up a storm! If you'd like to listen to some yourself, this is the playlist we listened to:
So while all this awesomeness was happening in one room, we were having a Hapkido test in the other room. I have to apologize because we were having focusing problems with our camera so all the pictures I took of the test turned out blurry :( But believe, me it was a sight to behold. Everyone performed their Hapkido forms that they created, then each took turns disarming Jason, the "attacker." Everyone did fantastically and was very proud about their advancement! At the end of the test, Jason took a moment to talk about the five tenets of Hapkido: Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control, and Indomitable Spirit. They talked about each of these qualities individually, and how important it is to have control over yourself and your actions. It was great to see everyone explaining when asked what each thing meant and why they were important. So proud of our wonderful group!
So I just had to take a moment and brag about how awesome we are! First of all, we dominated at the State Fair! Our program's entries made up the majority of the category, and as such we got plenty of ribbons! Chris, Monica, Ann, Tim, Darin, Rose, Jennifer, and Katie F. all got Honorable Mention ribbons; Walter and Kelly got 6th place ribbons; August and Jon W. got 5th place ribbons; Jessica D and Julia got 4th place ribbons; Earl and Nicholas got 3rd place ribbons; and Jon E. and Bill got 2nd place ribbons! We are so proud of our artists and all they have accomplished through their creativity and hard work.
In addition to all of our awesomeness at the State Fair, we also had our own booth at the Urban Arts Festival this past weekend! It was a big undertaking, and a little nerve racking as we had never had a booth in a festival before, but well worth it! In our booth we showcased several drip paintings, string prints, and spray ink pieces that our wonderful artists had made, as well as prints of past works, and magnets and coasters with prints of artwork on them. And let me tell you- the coasters sold like hotcakes! We just about sold out of them and we sold a fair amount of our magnets as well! The response from the public that we got a chance to talk to while manning the booth was very positive! We only sold one original piece in the festival, but we were glad just to participate in such a great event, get our name out there, and display the artwork that our individuals created. A big thank you goes out to those who helped us in pulling this off- Cheryl who was our printer and put up with my incessant pestering, Allison and Jan who helped us get our Square Reader sorted out, Eleanor for arranging for us to use a canopy tent for it, Allison (our fearless leader of yesteryear) for making some signs for us, the TURN facilities crew who helped us lug the stuff over there, and Tony, Shell, Shane, Julia, Bret, Amie (and hubby), August, and Chris, for helping us on the days of the festival. Also, thank you to the clients, staff, and friends who showed up to see our booth and support us! Lastly, a huge thank you to Jose and Cesar for helping with production of goods and prep work, Jason for manning day to day goings on while we were busy with preparations, and a huge huge thank you to Natasha for oh so much that she put into making this event happen! It was a huge success in my books, not to mention a great experience that I hope we'll get a chance to experience again as a program.
We went to a picnic today! Each year, The United Way has a day of caring, and they send some volunteers to help out with TURN's annual picnic for our day training centers. We had lots of games to play, prizes to win, and friends to see! All around it was a great time! Oh, and on top of all that, free food! You really can't beat that. A big thank you goes out to The United Way for helping out with this picnic each year- our clients absolutely love it! Also, thank you to all the TURN employees who devoted so much time to help us have a great day today- I can tell you a lot of time and planning goes into an event like this.
After we got back to the program, we were all a little tuckered out, but that doesn't stop the artists at TURN City Center for the Arts! We still spent the afternoon creating! We made jewelry, did some spin art, played the organ, drew, and so much more. What a busy and dedicated bunch we have here! I hope you guys are sending out the month as grandly as we are!
Hey all! I just wanted to do a quick post to let you guys know what exciting things we have coming up soon. First of all, we will have some clients entering pieces into the Utah State Fair again this year. We should have 18 pieces in the Fair, unless there's so many entries they end up having to Jury it. You should all definitely come check it out! The Utah State Fair is September 8-18.
The other very exciting thing that is happening, is we will have a booth of our very own in the Urban Arts Festival this year!!! The Urban Arts Festival is a free arts festival that will be held at the Gallivan Center on September 17-18. We are beyond stoked to have this great opportunity for people to see our clients' artwork, and for people to just know we exist in general! We are a little overwhelmed with all the work that this entails, but as of right now we're having a good time with all the preparations. We hope you'll all be able to stop by our booth during the festival!
So this month has absolutely flown by! That's my pathetic excuse this time for not having another blog post before now... It's been a really hot few weeks, but now that our air conditioning has been fixed, we are happily making great art and being productive and creative! This morning Natasha led a very fun exploring new materials class. It was a step by step somewhat complicated task that we set our artists to, but they had fun and the resulting artwork turned out great!
Trust Natasha to come up with a complicated process to make such riveting art! First, everyone was assigned a shape to trace in whatever configurations on their page that they wanted to. Next, they used that same shape to add some outlines by spraying some of our spray inks around them. Next, they put tape down in different patterns on the page and then proceeded to color over and around these taped areas with watercolor crayons. They then added water to the watercolor crayons and peeled off the tape. As many steps as there were, everyone kept up beautifully, and was very proud of the outcome! Everyone stay cool out there, and if you can, try to have as much fun as we do!
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