Halloween!!! Man did we have a fun Halloween here! First of all, can I say how much fun it is to watch everyone get off the bus in the morning and see what they dressed up as? So much fun!!! We had some fun Halloween activities throughout the morning, and we had a blast. The entire morning, we had some people working on a haunted house, that we were making as a group.
We painted the sides of the house, drew different characters to go inside it, painted some skeletons to go on and around it, and also made a cemetery to go alongside it. It was quite the undertaking!
We also had a creepy loopy music drawing class. For those of you don't know about loopy, it's an awesome app that lets you record sound or music, and then will replay what you just did while you record new sounds on top of the previous tracks. It's a cool way to record lots of different music parts, speaking, or sounds and mashing them together to make one complicated track! For our class, we had everyone contribute to our creepy Halloween recording, and then once all 6 tracks were full and playing back, we would listen to our creepy creation while letting it inspire our drawing. We had some really fun musical creations, and some really eerie sounds!
We had some healthy snacks in the afternoon to offset some of the sugary stuff that people had brought in, and they were eating it up (bad pun, I know)!
Lots of fun was had, and it a was a great Halloween!!! Everyone enjoyed showing off their costumes and getting into their characters. Just look at how great everyone looked!
Another exciting thing that happened this week, is we got back all the awards from the Sandy Visual Art Show! I had mentioned in our last blog entry that we won some awards, but now we actually have them! In addition to the 1st place, 5th place, and Honorable Mention ribbons, everyone else also was given an Award of Merit! Here everyone is with their spoils!
Hey all! With Halloween fast approaching, this week we did one of our beloved annual Halloween traditions with our wonderful artist in residence, Kathleen Mason! Years ago, during her first Halloween season with us, Kathy introduced us to shadow dance theater, and it was a huge hit from the get-go. This is something we've done every year since, and all of our folks absolutely love it! We get the lights and sheet set up, and then Kathy teaches us some Halloween poems to act out with our shadows. The picture below is everyone prepping for a round of acting out a poem about a witch's stew! Kathy always brings plenty of costumes and props for us to use, and man, do we have fun with them!
After we act out a few of the poems Kathy has brought to teach us, she puts on a lot of Halloween themed music for us to take turns dancing or acting things out to. You would not believe how fun it can be to make your shadow move around! Kathy even brings some transparencies and small props to put onto the overhead projector we use, so that the people being the shadows can react to a branch shadow poking at them, or some giant shadow scissors trying to cut their shadow! We also always include some free dancing time, so everyone who wants to can dance their shadow across the sheet. The great thing about the shadow dance theater, is that people who wouldn't normally get excited about dancing or moving in front of others, love taking a turn and participating. Thank you Kathy!!!
Hey all! We've been keeping busy here, as fall is submission season! Our latest art submission were to the Sandy Visual Arts Show. This is a show that we have participated in for 3 or 4 years now. However, this year, we broke our record, and had more entries than in any of the previous years, with 19 entries!!! Basically, we dominated the category with sheer numbers. They always have an opening reception with an awards ceremony, and this past Friday was it. And to our delighted surprise, one of our artists received the first place award!!!!! Congratulations to Nicholas Pawlicki who got first place in a category of over 20 pieces!!! In addition to that, Jon Westling received the fifth place award, and Jessi, Tim, Ann Holt, and Shane Platt all received Honorable Mention awards! I also hear that several of our other artists received an Award of Merit, and we'll get those when we pick up all the artwork at the end of the month. If you want to check out the artwork for yourself, it will be on display at the Sandy Senior Center at 9310 S 1300 E through October 27th. The exhibit is open for viewing from 10-4 daily, and from 10-8 on Thursdays, closed Sundays. So check us out! Yay! We are successful!!!
Also, after a month off in September we are ready for Gallery Stroll again! Come join us for some varied, interesting, and compelling artwork this Friday from 6-9!
We've been terribly busy lately, but for all the right reasons! Fall is a booming time for art shows and opportunities, and we already had two huge opportunities just in the last few weeks to show off our artwork to the community. We had 18 individuals that entered their artwork into the Utah State Fair this year. That's right, 18! Now comes the part where I list all of the ribbons we got: Tyler got a 1st place ribbon, August and Chris got 2nd place ribbons, Nikki got a 3rd place ribbon, Mike, Jessica D, and Katie F. got a 4th place ribbon, Jon W and Ryan got a 5th place ribbon, Richard got a 6th place ribbon, Darin got a 7th place ribbon, and Walter, Jon E, Nicholas, Katie G, Shane, Earl, and Tim all got honorable mention ribbons. Wowza! So many ribbons! Everyone was very excited to receive their ribbons, and we were all incredibly supportive of each other, applauding as each person got their ribbon.
Our other big thing is... we had a booth at the Urban Arts Festival! This was our second year at the festival, so we were a little less stressed and felt a little more prepared for it. It was a great experience! We made some great connections, met some great people, told people about our program and all that we do, and sold some stuff! We had several people very excited about our program after hearing some more about what we do, and we are grateful for the chance we had to get everyone's art out there for people to see, and to get our program out there for people to learn about. Oh, and although our flasks and coasters were a hit, we do have some left over, so keep an eye out for those at our next few gallery strolls! It was humbling to be included among so many other wonderful artists in this incredible art scene and art community that Salt Lake City has, and we hope to be able to participate next year as well!
Today was a tough day for many of us. The reason why, is that today was the last day of one of our most beloved clients, Bill! Bill has been with our program since the beginning, and has actually been at TCCA longer than I have! He and his wife, Amber, are moving to Indiana, and we will greatly miss him.
Chris made a card for Bill that several of us signed and wrote messages in, and Bill enjoyed reading a few of them before he left for the day. Everyone here will miss our Bill, but we wish him and Amber the best of luck in Indiana and in all they do!
We'll Miss You, Bill!
I hope you guys all had as much fun as we did yesterday with the eclipse! We had a few eclipse themed art activities in the morning that turned out really nicely- eclipse art is stunning! In our music theory class, we tried to tie in the eclipse theme by using all of our music reading skills to read some of the sheet music to the song "Total Eclipse of the Heart." When the eclipse started, we didn't stay out there the whole time, but we made sure that we were out there while the eclipse was at its maximum. Some of us were really digging it and stayed out there for quite awhile, while others saw it, then were ready to go eat their lunch :) We even made a friend who lives across the way who came out to watch the eclipse with us. After lunch, in keeping with the eclipse theme, we watched Little Shop of Horrors while doing some drawing and coloring. For those of you who have never seen it, the man eating plant in Little Shop of Horrors appears suddenly during a total eclipse of the sun. So I hope none of you bought any strange and interesting plants on eclipse day! The show was a big hit, and it made for a great end to a fun day! I hope you all had fun celebrating the eclipse!
Most people who know Nicholas Pawlicki are aware of his knowledge of superheroes and keen artistic ability. But did you know that he is also a passionate martial artist?
Nick had the unique opportunity to test for his black belt in Hapkido today, and we are riveted to say that he passed! Even with family and friends in the audience, a video camera in his face, and an improvised sparring match, Nick maintained impeccable concentration and executed the task at hand with focused determination.
The test began with Nick opening the class, leading his fellow martial artists in a series of warm-ups, blocks, and the dan geon form. Each exercise was accompanied by a count to ten in Korean. I (Natasha) could tell by the demeanor and assertive voices of the other students that they had a lot of conviction in their practice, and were eager for their friend to be successful.
After warming up, the class took their seats, and Nick had the floor to himself (along with Jason, of course). Jason tested him on the fourteen grabs and how to defend against them, target practice, knife defense, grappling, and Nick's self-made (and self-titled) "Wolverine Form." Next, Jason threw some surprise attacks, which he prefaced with the idea that you don't always know what to expect in a real-life situation. Nick was able to harness his training and reflexes to adapt to the unpredictability, sending Jason to the ground several times.
The test ended with a review of the five tenants of Hapkido: courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, and indomitable spirit. Jason invited Nick to explain why they are important not only in martial arts, but also in life. A few of our clients were touched by the culmination of Nick's hard work, and of course, the man himself is very happy (and relieved) to be the recipient of such a great honor. Way to go, Nick!
Receiving his black belt from Jason.
All the hard work paid off!
Hey all! We have some exciting things on the horizon! First and foremost, we found out today that we will be participating in the Urban Arts Festival again this year!!! It was a great experience last year, and we are so excited to have a booth again to get our clients' work out there, and to mingle with the arts community. We don't have many firm details yet, but I can tell you that it will be on September 16-17, 12-10 pm both days. Check out this link for more information about this awesome event!
Another exciting thing coming up for us, is that Nicholas Pawlicki, who has been working diligently over the past few years in our Hapkido class, is taking his black belt test next week! This is a big deal, and we are so excited for him to undertake this! We'll post more stuff about his test next week after he takes it :)
Last month, we had a very successful private exhibit for our very own Mr. Pierce. He had put together a great show with fantastic art, and people loved seeing so much of his work. Next month (August), we will be having another private art show! Ryan has been working over the past few months to build up a portfolio of stunning pieces to show in his exhibit next month, entitled "Abstract Expression." It will be shown at our gallery stroll on August 18th, from 6-9 pm.
Lastly, but certainly not least, Jon Westling has a comedy gig coming up! Those of you that know Jon know how hilarious he is! He has done a few bar gigs, and this next one is happening on his birthday! I'm sure he would love anyone who can support him to come check it out!
This past Gallery Stroll, Tyler had his solo exhibition, which he titled "Bumblebee Tuna." The show was a success, and Tyler was able to bring a flock of enthusiasts to see and listen to his work. Yes, I said listen---because as it turns out, Tyler is also quite a talented musician. The show was accompanied by a soundtrack of music by the featured artist, including an original song that he wrote called "Something About Tuna." It's hilarious! Check out the music video on our youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iqvej2h5TYc
To top it all off, he sold two of the pieces from his show that evening. Huzzah!!!
More stuff: I (Natasha) have returned from afar! I returned to the workplace with tales of baguettes, wine, escargot, and photographs of my adventures in France and Spain. I used the photos for the next two photo fusion classes, and the clients had a great time incorporating the vivid imagery and the stories that went with them into their artwork. For example, Ryan made a collage using a photo of Gaudi's Sagrada Familia (a basilica in Barcelona), pictured below. (Fun fact: the basilica has been under construction since 1882, and its projected completion date is in 2026.) The purple scraps are from a photo of a wine cellar in a medieval French village called Saint Emilion.
In my absence, Cesar took on the brave task of teaching some of the visual arts classes. Now that I'm back, I am pleased to say that he has kept them going! His classes are focusing a lot on drawing. Many of the clients are apprehensive about drawing, so Cesar implemented a class that encourages the artists to come out of their shells and put some lines on paper. Here is a piece that Darin made from Cesar's people-drawing class!
To wrap things up, we received a generous donation of twenty some-odd tickets to the Utah Arts Festival at Library Square, so last Friday, we took a little field trip. The sun was blazing in the sky, but that didn't stop our artists from getting out and enjoying the stunning handiwork of local and national creatives. There was lots to appreciate in a very short window of time; the clients darted here and there and everywhere! (Cesar and I spent most of that time doing head counts.) One artist that the clients gravitated towards was Malen Pierson, who made giant metal sculptures of animals and other creatures, and some were even stuffed with sundry items like deflated basketballs. The moose and the R2D2 were pretty stellar!
You guys, you guys, you guys!!!! Exciting things are afoot! We had been contacted by KUED a few months ago about doing a spotlight on one of our artists for their web series, Verve. After meeting some of our folks, they decided to do an episode on Katie Felgar. For the past month they have been coming to film various things and to do interviews with Katie about her artwork, journey, and creative process. The video went up today!!!! I just watched it and it turned out so well- I recommend that you all check it out! Here's the link for her video and her artist bio:
It's only a few minutes long, so really, check it out!
There's one other exciting thing on the horizon: we have a solo art show coming up for one of our artists at this month's gallery stroll! Tyler Pierce, one of our newer clients, is a fantastic, prolific artist, and has been working hard to build up a portfolio of quality pieces to show in our small gallery for June's gallery stroll. The pieces have come together beautifully, and his show, entitled "Bumblebee Tuna," is going to look amazing! Tyler has a very funky style, and it shows through in his artwork. You should all make sure you come check it out this next Friday, June 16th from 6-9 pm. You'll love it!
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