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.
Will we see you at the Urban Arts Festival today? We'll be here 12-10 today, and 12-8 tomorrow- come drop by and say hi! We're booth 94 in zone c. In case you don't know what that means, we're West of the stage just on the East side of the Wells Fargo building. See you there!
Well, it's definitely our busy season for showing art, and this year especially so! We already have several pieces being shown out in the community, and also have an arts festival coming up! So first of all, every year the Cottonwood Heights Arts Council holds a community art show. We've had a few artists participate in the past, but this year several more artists (10 total) were interested in exhibiting their work. If you'd like to go check out their work, they can be viewed at the Cottonwood Heights City Hall Building (2277 Bengal Boulevard) until the end of September.
Next, the State Fair starts today! As usual, we had many of our individuals who were interested in showing their artwork in the state fair. In fact, this year we have the most participating artists yet, a whopping 21! It's always exciting to show artwork at events that get so much foot traffic, and everyone is very excited and anxious to see what ribbons they got! Their artwork can be viewed in the fine arts building (usually our category is in the back corner of the building), and the state fair goes through September 16th.
Last, but certainly not least, we are participating in the Urban Arts Festival again this year!!! This is always a really fun event, and a great opportunity to show our clients' artwork to the community and to connect with other local artists. This year the festival will be taking place on September 15-16. We have been assigned booth number 94 in zone C (as soon as we have a map I'll post it). This is a free event, and is always a ton of fun! Come check out tons of local art and merchandise and enjoy some fun music and entertainment. Again, this is a free event!!! So come check us out! Arriving on Trax is probably the easiest, as parking around the Gallivan Plaza can be a little tricky. If you will be driving, I know the parking underneath the plaza only accepts cash on event days like this, so make sure you bring cash with you. We hope to see you there!
Yesterday we had such a fun and exciting surprise- Bill visited us! So some of you might remember Bill, who used to attend our program. He was a favorite of many clients here, and even after a year of him being gone, some of our clients will still bring up Bill and how they miss him. Well, he and his wife were visiting this week, so yesterday they came by to say hi!
Needless to say, people were a bit excited! I think we may have overwhelmed him a bit with all of the attention we lavished him with :) He even quickly won over a few clients that didn't start attending our program until after he had left. I will say that productivity went out the window for awhile after he got here, but boy, is it good catching up with old friends!
We've made many a fast friend here at our art center, and we're glad that Bill and Amber have kept in touch so that we can maintain that friendship!
So first of all, I owe a huge apology for how long it has been since our last post!!! Sorry, and I will try to be more regular about posting about our going ons!
Today was one of those days when I was struck with how wonderful our staff and individuals are. This morning we had some really great things going on. In my music theory class, we were putting together a great deal of things we had been going over, and tried not only reading some actual music, but finding where all the notes on the piano were as well! We only got a few measures in, but considering how much is going on in the music, I was hugely impressed with how well the class did! Just take a look at what they read, and also found on the keyboard! They read the key signature, time signature, dynamics, and read every last rest, note, and tie.
I was floating from class to class after I was done with music theory this morning, and everyone was so engaged and productive, it just made my heart happy! Jimmy does a fantastic job with his drawing techniques classes each Monday, and today was no exception. Today they were working on drawing different characters, and discovering what different combinations of shapes you can use to draw them. One great thing about Jimmy's classes, is that after giving the broad instructions to the class, he will go around and work with clients individually as they need help to be successful. Here he is talking about some of the demos he drew!
Then, when I looked across the room, I found Natasha and another client putting together a strange assortment of things to photograph for the photo fusion class. They were clearly enjoying themselves and focused on their task at hand. I popped into the back room then to take a look at our poppin' dance class. They were taking turns "climbing the ladder." Doesn't Katie had climbed to the top of her ladder and was looking around.
Today was one of those days where I was especially grateful to be doing what I'm doing. I love that our program is a place of expression and learning, and am thankful for all of our amazing clients and staff that help it to be just that!
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:
TURN City Center for the Arts
Helping adults with disabilities to enrich their lives through the arts!