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.
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