Guess what guys? Chris is now a black belt in Hapkido!!! Today was his test, and he did spectacularly! Some of his family members came to watch his test and support him, and he was so excited to prove everything he has learned in the years he has been studying. Jason, as always, was a great instructor and tester, putting Chris through the ringer to ensure that he earned his belt. It was smiles and congratulations all around, and we are so proud of his accomplishment. Good job and congratulations Chris!
Every year, the TCCA artists have the opportunity to make the pilgrimage to the Utah Arts Festival, a 4-day extravaganza of all things beautiful and inspiring. This year is particularly rad because one of our movies is being screened in "Fear No Film", the film segment of the arts festival! "Fear No Film" showcases the cinematic splendour of filmmakers from all over the globe, among which the TURN artists can proudly take their place.
"A Turn for the Best", the short documentary about the art program, will be played in the Kids' Art Yard every hour, June 21-24 from noon-8 pm. Huzzah!
Our art show at SLCC is up! Truth be told, it's been up for a few weeks on the South City Campus, but I'm just writing about it now because the reception for the art show is this Friday! Because this Friday is also Gallery Stroll, we were a little stressed at the prospect of having to man two different art reception events, and as a result have decided to not hold our regular Gallery Stroll this month. So that means you all need to head over to the South City SLCC campus between 6:30-8:30 PM tomorrow night! I had a chance to go by there yesterday to see the show (we had a small question and answer discussion panel with some of the folks from SLCC- it went really well) and it looks great! Our show is on the big LED wall that faces the main entrance doors of the media building, which is really cool because that means that everyone who walks in those doors sees our artwork! Sadly I will not be at the reception tomorrow as I have a performance elsewhere, but Natasha will be there to represent- so stop by and say hi! Technically, you need to pay for parking at the kiosks or the parking meters, but I think their parking enforcement is more lax at night.... so I'll just leave you with that information and you can decide whether to risk it or not.
If you can't make it tomorrow, fear not, the show will be up through May 29th. And if you want to make an evening of it, The Grand Theatre just opened a production of Spamalot in the same building- you could do like I did and go the play, but get there early so you can check out all the artwork! Here's the link in case you're a theater nerd like me and want to see a play as long as you're out there!
Hey all! So we have some opportunities to show off our art coming up! First of all, this Friday is the April Gallery Stroll, which will feature a series of mixed media collages. Come check us out!
A bit more exciting than that, we will be showing a collection of our artwork at an exhibit on the Salt Lake Community College Campus! The exhibit begins on next Tuesday, the 24th, and will be on display through May 29th. Here is the link for the exhibition event:
There will be a reception for the exhibit on the night of the May Gallery Stroll, on May 18th. In addition to that, there will also be a question and answer panel on May 16th at 11:00 am with a few of our clients and Natasha there to answer some questions about the exhibit.
Our performance showcase was yesterday, and man did we have a blast! We had a great turnout from the community, so thank you to all of you who came out for it! We got to show off our singing, acting, and dancing skills, had a Hapkido demonstration, and also were treated to some comedy from Jon Westling. We're so pleased with how it turned out and the response from everyone who came. Here are just some of the great moments from the showcase:
Alright, so we have had a change in date to our performance showcase this year! I am so sorry to those of you that may have made arrangements already for the 29th, but due to a conflict with another event happening that day, the showcase will now be on Thursday, April 5th, at 10:00 am. Please email me to RSVP if you'll be there: email@example.com
So remember when we had a series of articles on the Deseret News site that featured our program, along with a few others similar to ours in the valley? Well, they've been printing them in the Sunday paper! Two of the three articles have been published, (on the front page of the arts section!), and the third and final installment will be printed in this Sunday's paper in the arts section (on March 25th). So exciting!
Make sure to check it out! If you can't get your hands on the physical papers, here are the links to the articles on their site:
And here's the link for the one that will be printed on Sunday- but see if you can get your hands on the paper!
So first and foremost, gallery stroll is this week! We're showing off a lot of mixed media collages this month, including several Olympic-themed ones that you do not want to miss- they're amazing!
Also, I wanted to tell you something very exciting about this particular downtown gallery stroll- our very own Tyler Pierce is showing some artwork in the exhibit over at the Urban Arts Gallery!!! We are so stoked for him to be showing his work in a gallery that very much fits his style. If you have a chance see if you can pop over there too! It's not too far from us, so you could even hit both our gallery and Urban Arts tomorrow night!
The other exciting thing we have coming up, is our annual performance showcase! It will be taking place on Thursday, March 29th this year. We had our first practice for it today, and even thought there are some things we need to polish over the next few weeks, it is going to be a fantastic show! Well have some great musical theater pieces, fun songs, hilarious skits, awesome dancing, and of course, the ever popular Hapkido demonstration. Mark your calendars now- March 29th at 10:00 am! Also, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org telling me how many are coming so that we know how many to plan for :)
Last Friday was our gala celebrating our 6th anniversary, and it was so much fun!!! We had a great turnout- some who knew who we were, and some who wandered in for the first time to learn about us!. The Disgusting Brothers were fantastic as always, and few people made cameos playing with them...
Even during the times when it seemed a little slow, I would wander back to the room we were showing our short films in, and it would be packed! we also had some lively bidding on a few of our items we were selling in our silent auction.
People also seemed to really enjoy the art installation room put together by Natasha and her class participants, exploring what love is. We had a recording for people to listen to of various clients from our art installation class talking about love and what they think love is. We also had several envelopes hanging around the room including quotes and small pieces of artwork, and each visitor got to take an envelope with them as a gift of love from us to them. It was a big hit, and many thanks go out to Natasha for putting it together.
Last but certainly not least, one of our mainstays of this event, our community canvas! This year's canvas turned out to be really fun. We had quite a few people contribute to it, although everyone seemed to be afraid of/intimidated by the center of the canvas. At the end of the night, Natasha decided that she would take the responsibility upon herself to fill the center spot with Dmitri the unicorn. She also enjoyed adding commentary to others' paintings. All in all, it's a whimsical, fun, collaborative piece.
It was a successful evening, and a big thanks goes out to all of my staff who helped in whatever ways were needed to pull it all together, The Disgusting Brothers for always being willing to play our events, and Ruby Snap for year after year donating their delicious cookies to our event. Thanks all!!!
Hey all! So this month we are celebrating our sixth anniversary as a program! That's right, we've been open and creating for six years now! As per our tradition here, that means that for the February Gallery Stroll, we are throwing a party! This Friday the 16th, we will be living it up and celebrating! We will have The Disgusting Brothers Light playing some great tunes, a silent auction featuring items with various individuals' artwork on them, a community canvas for any and everyone to paint on, the introduction of an installation art piece in our small gallery, and last but certainly not least, Ruby Snap cookies that they have graciously consented to donate for our event! Some of the items that will be auctioned this year are, t-shirts, a canvas tote bag, a comic book, and more! All of the items feature artwork done by our individuals. We are so excited, and look forward to seeing you all there!
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