Today we had a new volunteer, John, come in and show us how to do a new painting technique. He brought a friend, Julie, to help out, and we had so much fun! The technique John showed us utilized a combination of drip painting, and using a paint roller to replicate the drips at diminishing intensity with each roll.
We used the colors of house paints that we had on hand, and luckily the colors looked really cool together! We had this project planned out as a large group piece, so we had prepped a large canvas, and one of our large foam boards. Before we worked on them though, we got plenty of practice using the technique on some cardboard.
After we had had plenty of practice came the moment of truth- to start dripping the paint on the canvas itself. Chris did the honors, and then we all took turns from there.
It took a few people a bit to get a hang of the rolling technique, but once they did, we ended up with some amazing art!
Alright, let's start off with gallery stroll- this Friday is gallery stroll! We have some really cool pieces this month, including some cool pieces we used snow on to make the materials bleed as it melted. The source art for our stroll flyer is one of those pieces!
Secondly, this weekend is St. Patrick's Day, which has meant a few exciting things for us this year. We have a regular volunteer (Clare- she's awesome!) who teaches an Irish Dance class for us. Well, she's a part of an Irish dance school, and this week to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, she brought one of her champion dancers, Gracie, from the school to do some truly impressive dancing for us. They also brought a championship dress for everyone to see- they are so beautiful (and so expensive)! And I am just kicking myself that I didn't think to get any pictures when they came!!! Clare's dance school, Acadmh Rince, is putting on an evening of Irish and Celtic entertainment for St. Patrick's Day this weekend called An Irish Evening. Each year, they choose a different non-profit organization to donate the proceeds of the event to, and this year, they've chosen us! So, we should all go support them! It's a two night event (this Friday and Saturday night), and although one of the evenings is the same night as Gallery Stroll, I'd forgive you if you went to An Irish Evening instead. Here is the link to the event page- I hope some of you can make it!
It has been far too long, and a lot has happened! But I'll start with the two most exciting things! First of all, we have hired two new staff! We are still sad to have lost Cesar, but are so stoked to have Philip and Kimber to fill his position! Look forward to seeing their bios on our "about us" page soon!
Next, we had our anniversary gala this month! Sadly, the snow that night kept most people away, but we still had fun, just check out the band and the painting!
As you can see, a few of our own got to play with the Disgusting Brothers! And while we're on the subject, we need to send out a big thank you to both The Disgusting Brothers and Ruby Snap for their generous support of our endeavors! Also, thank you to my staff for their help, and for putting up with my bossy, stressed-out nature leading up to the gala. Thanks guys!
The next big thing that happened in the last month or so is a sad one. Sadly Richard passed away at the beginning of February. He was a great friend to all of us and brought a special light to our program. We will miss him dearly, but have been having fun remembering all the fun memories we have of him.
So today was really exciting because... we got new couches!!! Anyone who has been here anytime recently knows how ratty our old couches were. They were pretty embarrassing, and getting some new ones had been in the works, but we were still waiting. And now they're here! And there so chic, too! Just look at how much everyone enjoys them!
So the next time you come in, we will be looking oh so much more stylish!
A post two days in a row?!? What's this? Well, there was a perfect photo-op moment, and I also wanted to bid goodbye to one of our wonderful staff, Cesar- so I had to do another post!
After Thanksgiving we put our tree up with it's tree topper and paper chain, but it's been looking a little bare other than that. Over the last few weeks, a few individuals have been decorating paper ornament templates so we could have some unique art-centric ornaments. Well, we finally got them ready to hang today, and everyone wanted to help! We have a great looking tree now, and had fun in the process!
Today we say goodbye to our beloved Cesar! He's a favorite around here, and this place won't be the same without him. Everyone loved having one last skits class with him this morning, and they all had a blast silly-ing it up! The amount of goodbye cards these guys have made for him is overwhelming, but it just shows how loved he is. We'll miss you Cesar, and the best of luck to you in all that is to come!
All of the calendars are finished, and they look great! If you ordered some, you can now come pick them up and drop off the payment. As a reminder, calendars are $10 each- if you don't remember how many you ordered, shoot me an email at email@example.com and I can look it up for you. If you forgot to order one (gasp!) I did have a few extras printed, but they are first come first serve. We prefer cash or check for the payment (checks made out to TURN Community Services). We're so excited for you guys to get your hands on these!
Hey all! We are in the last few days in which you can order calendars! They are $10 each, and we won't need the money until the calendars have been printed (probably the second week of December). You can look at our main page to see all the details of what they will be size-wise and all that. Please email me at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call use at 801-924-0347 if you want a calendar, to let me know which calendar you want and how many. You don't want to miss out on looking at all this amazing artwork all year long!
Join us at the City Library Sweet Branch on November 10th for the reception of "Stronger Ties." This is an exhibition of collaborative paintings, created by our fabulous TURN Artists!
The paintings began with a common visual theme: shadows of string on an overhead projector that were traced onto a background. From there, a handful of artists added their own embellishments in their individual styles in a variety of media, including acrylic, ink, and collage. Here is a link to the artist statement and exhibit information:
On another note, our entry the Filmulate genre festival, "Be Afraid", received an award for the best musical score. Natasha created the music by recording short piano excerpts and mixing them in Adobe Premiere. For the end credits, she wrote a poem, google-translated it into French, and sang it. Hooray for trying new things!
Hey guys! We've been keeping busy creating, and we have several events you can attend to see what we've done! First of all, we have several individuals who have entered artwork into the Sandy Visual Arts Show- 12 to be exact! The opening reception was this week, and we have quite a few award winners! Nick P got first place, Monica got 2nd place, Mr. Pierce got 3rd place, Devan got 5th place, and Darin, Katie F, Linda, Chris, Ann, Rose, Cyd, and Shane all got an Honorable Mention certificate. You can view their artwork at the Sandy Senior Center (9310 S 1300 E) through October 26th. Their work is being shown downstairs in the alcove to the right of the stairs.
Next up, Gallery Stroll! We took the month off in September because we had so many other things going on, but we're back this month! We have several fantastic pieces, some of them spooky! Come join us!
Last, but certainly not least, we are participating in a film festival! We've participated in Filmulate events in the past, but it's been a few years. We entered one of our short films that we made last year that happened to have the same title as this Filmulate event, "Be Afraid" (how fortuitous is that?). The event is Monday the 22nd at 6:30, at The Tower Theater (876 E 900 S). We don't know exactly when in the line-up our film will be showed, so it could be anytime in the evening. The cost is $15, and the proceeds go to help fund creativity in mental health programs in Utah. Also be warned that with the theme of "Be Afraid," there may be other films shown at the event that have content some may find offensive or unsuitable for their viewing. We hope to see you there!
Hey all! It's been a crazy busy month, but things are finally starting to calm down a bit. What have we been busy with? Art of course! As I said in my previous post, we had several artists submit artwork into the Utah State Fair this year. 21, in fact! Well, I am pleased to say that everyone did fantastically when it came to the judging this year! So here's the rundown: August got best of show, Linda and Katie G got 1st place, Katie F and Jessica D got second place, Monica and Chris got 3rd place, Jon E got 4th place, Darin got 5th place, Cyd got 6th place, Nikki and Walter got 7th place, and Jessi, Jon W, Tim, Devan, Shane, Earl, Ann, Richard, and Tyler all got honorable mention! Yup, we pretty much took our entire category! So congratulations to all of our wonderful artists!!!
The other thing we've been busy with, is the Urban Arts Festival. The festival took place this last weekend on Saturday and Sunday, and except for the times that we were worried our whole booth would fly away, it was a blast! It was great connecting with the arts community and being able to tell so many new people about who we are and what we do! We sold a few pieces, met some great people, and had a great experience! We even had some great volunteers join us for a bit on Sunday :) Until next year (hopefully) Urban Arts Fest, until next year.
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