This month some of our artists have had artwork on display at the Urban Arts Gallery, and this is the last week to see it there! Darin, Kelly, Tim, Tyler, Chris, and Katie F all have artwork as a part of TURN's mini show at the gallery. The main show at Urban Arts this month is ARTifacts of Sound, so there's a bunch of cool music and musician related art that you can check out while you're there! The Gallery is open 12-9, Tuesday-Sunday, the address is 116 South Rio Grande, SLC Utah at the Gateway, and the show runs until August 1st. Check out some of these pictures of our artists with their artwork at the opening reception for the exhibit!
We went to Clark Planetarium recently, and not only was it a great way to get out of the heat, but it was super fun and we learned some cool stuff!
It's definitely worth a look if you have the time!
Well, summer is here, and I don't know about you, but we've sure been having fun! We've been able to do more fun things outside since the weather's been nice, although within reason, because the heat lately has been ridiculous! Chris has really enjoyed going to Pioneer Park to shoot some hoops- and ya know what? He's not bad! Darin loves going anywhere, but has also really enjoyed getting to play basketball as well. Did you guys know that Darin used to play basketball with the Special Olympics?
We've found a great way to stay cool during this heat wave- water fights! We've only had a few so far this year, but it really helped us not to melt on that record breaking hot day we had last week. You can tell by the pics how epic it was!
Something else we did last week was go for an architectural tour of some of the historic buildings downtown. Despite the heat, we all really enjoyed learning about the history of the buildings in the exchange plaza area of downtown Salt Lake.
Stay cool out there and have fun, and we'll do the same!
We've been very busy this month, mostly with our move! We have moved! Not too far, though- just across the courtyard, so we are in the same building as before. Our new space is bigger than both of the other spaces we just moved out of, and although we're still settling into the space and figuring out how best to make things work, we're all big fans, and excited to have a new home! For those who need our new address, it is 511 W 200 S suite 100 :)
We're hoping this will be our new forever home, and are so grateful for all of the people who helped so much with the move, and getting all the paperwork and red tape sorted out for us to start in the new space as soon as we have. And a huge huge thank you to my staff who spent so much time every afternoon helping me move things, unpack, and organize- thank you everyone!!!
Now, let's talk about some of the fun things we've been doing! With the nice weather, we've been getting out more, and I gotta say, I am loving it!
I feel so fortunate that we're so close to so many cool locations that we can just walk to. So not only are we getting some great quality time outside, we're also getting a little bit of exercise on the way there!
I wanted to take a minute to highlight a cool art class that Ki did recently that was just so creative, and a lot of fun to do! She watered down some acrylic paints and then froze them in an ice tray, then we painted using the ice cube paints. It yielded some really cool pieces, because as it turns out, ice paints are really good for blending colors, and transfer to the paper almost like oil pastels do. It was such a fun project!
Hope you're all doing well as this pandemic winds down, and that you're finding ways to do things that bring you joy!
We've been having fun walking everywhere lately now that the weather has been nice (well, last week anyway), and there were some pretty cool things going on over at the Gateway last week! The Gateway always has cool seasonal decorations, and they just recently put up some new stuff in the sitting area over there. They hung a bunch of hexagonal pieces of plexiglass overhead, and when the sun shines on them, they cast colorful hexagons on the ground. We all had fun stepping under the different colors to see the colors on ourselves!
One of the other days when we walked over to the Gateway last week, they had some special event going on at the Olympic Plaza. It was related to Lego, but we're still not sure what it actually was for... but we still had fun, anyway! They had a screen set up, and each person took turns dancing in front of the screen as it created a video of them dancing with some whimsical looking llamas. Now... photo dump!
Everyone had a blast dancing and loved seeing themselves on the screen! We definitely lucked out, because every time we've been back to the Gateway since, it hasn't been there- it must have been a flash promotion for just one day. We hope you're all doing well and having fun, even with this gloomy spring weather. Happy weekend!
Well, between the nicer weather and more people coming back to the program, things are looking up! We had a jam-packed week full of fun activities, and have a bigger program than we've had in over a year! With the nice weather, we went for so many walks this week, and we were all soaking up the sun as much as we could. On Wednesday, we took an extra long walk over to the Triad Plaza, and then down to the Crane Building. On the way, we stopped to look at some statues at the Vivint Arena of Karl Malone and John Stockton. We noticed that around the statues, they had Karl Malone's footprints, so we all took turns standing on them to see how our feet measured up.
Today, we had one of our fullest Hapkido class that we'd had in awhile, and everyone did so well! A lot of our students had a really long break from Hapkido during the pandemic, which left a lot of time to forget things. Now that we're back in the swing of things, it's all started to come back, and today was one of the best classes we've had in awhile! People were remembering their forms, they executed them well, and took correction from their black belt instructors as needed. Great job everyone!
Well, we made it to see 2021, and so far, so good! Our January was a little hectic as we settled into 2021. I'm stoked because we started a new tradition to do regarding resolutions each year! This is our first year doing it, so hopefully it pans out like I'm envisioning it. For those that wanted to participate, they wrote down their resolutions on a small card that has their name on the outside. We put the card on the tree until everyone who wanted to do one had put one on the tree. When we took the tree down, we put all of the cards in a special envelope, and packed them away with our Christmas tree. The idea is, when we get the tree out again after Thanksgiving, we'll pass all the cards out, and people can check in on how they've been doing with their resolutions- plus they have a month left to finish some of the resolutions if they've procrastinated.
Well, I think this is a fun new tradition, and hopefully we do it for many years to come!
I also wanted to give a shoutout, because today I watched one of our folks really make some strides in working towards one of their goals that they wrote on their card. Katie Felgar teaches a watercolor class for us every other week. She comes up with the ideas for the project, but often has needed staff help to guide everyone else in the class through the project. One of Katie's goals that she set for the new year is to become more independent at teaching her class, and to help the other individuals in the class more when showing them how to do the project. In today's class, Katie rocked it!!!
Katie was such a great teacher today- she walked around to check on how each individual was doing, she talked them through any steps that they found tricky, and she only started her own piece once she was sure that everyone understood the project from start to finish. Way to go, Katie!!!
We received some sad news here last week. Earl, who had been one of our artists, and a client of TURN for several years, passed away. We used our classes last week to help us remember and grieve him, and that has helped. In our drawing technique class last week, we learned how to draw temples, which was a favorite subject of Earl. And I gotta tell you, as we were drawing them, we gained a new respect for Earl's art skills, because drawing temples is HARD! We also used our creative writing class to write memories we have of him- focusing on the happy memories we have of him has helped us all to remember him for the positivity with which he lived his life.
Again, drawing temples is hard- they're so intricate! In remembering him, we dug up some old pictures of Earl, and I thought I'd share some of the fun ones with you!
We'll miss you Earl!
Happy Friday! I don't know about you, but I am very ready for the weekend- and it seemed like everyone shared my opinion at the program today. But, as ready as we were for the weekend, we still managed to cram some more fun creativity into our week! Our folks are always willing to try some new kind of project or art technique, and today was no exception. In our experimental art class today, we tried a tape relief project with a bit of a twist. Everyone drew stripes in whatever direction they wanted, then chose a variety of colors to paint different colored stripes with, giving it a quasi-rainbow effect. Next came the tape! Using long pieces of masking tape, they put the tape down in whatever configuration or design they wanted to. After that, we painted everything black! Then, the fun and final step- peeling all of the tape off! Walter was amazed at the cool, colorful pattern that emerged, and Joe really enjoyed the process of peeling the tape.
Maybe with all of the extra shipping boxes laying around this Holiday season, you guys can try it yourself- all you need is cardboard, paint, a paintbrush, and masking tape!
I feel like every new blog post, I need to apologize for how long it's been since the last one, because I am horrible at this! Sorry it's been so long since our last post!
Today, we had an ornament making class. We put up our tree earlier this week, and it looks great, but we wanted to add some extra pizzazz to it! We had two basic types of ornaments we were making- one with ribbon, and the other with decorative paper. They all turned out great, and now we have quite the looker of a tree!
Hopefully we'll keep making more, and pretty soon our tree will be busting with fancy artist-made ornaments!
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