Hey all! So we've got a few exciting things going on this week! First of all, we picked up all our stuff from the State Fair this week, and we have so many award winners! Shane got a 1st place ribbon, Katie F and Monica got 2nd place ribbons, Devan, Chris, and August got 3rd place ribbons, Jonathan E, Linda, and Ryan got 4th place ribbons, Darin, Jon W, and Walter got 5th place ribbons, Katie G got a 7th place ribbon, and Nikki and Jessica D got honorable mention ribbons. So many winners! Everyone was super excited to get their ribbons- check us out!
Next exciting thing: this weekend is the Urban Arts Festival, and we have a booth in it! The festival runs from 12pm-10pm on Saturday, and 12pm-8pm on Sunday, and takes place at the Gallivan Plaza. We are booth 29, which is over on the West side of the Gallivan Plaza. And, even more fun than that, Natasha's art booth is going to be right next to ours! Even if you don't find our booth, it's always a really fun event, and it's free to attend! Drop by and say hi if you can, and maybe even pick up some cool items featuring different clients' work!
We had some heartbreaking news this week that has affected us all greatly. Our lovely Monica passed away in her sleep earlier this week. We've been struggling this week because Monica had many, many friends here at the program. Amidst the sadness, we've been able to strengthen our friendships with each other as we've been helping each other get through this hard time. We've also had a great time telling fun stories about Monica and looking through old pictures. Here are a few of the gems I found:
We'll miss you Monica!
So Friday was an exciting day for two of our participants. Both Earl and Darin had their black belt tests on Friday.... and now we have four black belt students at our program!
Earl was a little nervous before the test, and wasn't sure he would pass his test. But, he's been working hard and practicing, and he made it through! Darin was a bit more confident going into the test, and was more excited than anything else. All day leading up to the test, he kept reviewing with staff about the tenets of Hapkido so that he would be prepared in class when he had to explain each of them.
We're very proud of our new black belts- congratulations you guys!!!
So although Jimmy stopped working here awhile ago, he's been generously donating his time and volunteering to teach one of his classes each week since then. Well, the time has come for him to actually move to Missouri, so last week was our last time seeing him before the move!
In Philip's music class, they had been working on writing a song, and it just happened to be a goodbye song for Jimmy! Everyone from the class was able to sing the song for Jimmy before he left, and it was fantastic- and our gift of song was appreciated :)
After the goodbye song had been sung, several of the clients wanted a picture with Jimmy, and we got some good ones!
Goodbye Jimmy, and good luck in Missouri! We'll miss you!
Also, last week was our art show reception at Art Access! The show looks so great over there, and the people at Art Access did a great job of hanging it. Also, just in the first night of the show, 3 pieces sold! If you want to see the show, it will be up until July 12th, so go check it out- they are open Tuesday-Friday 11-4, and their address is 230 S 500 W.
Last bit of exciting news- we just found out that we were accepted into the Urban Arts Festival again! So mark your calendars for September 21-22 this year, and come visit us in our booth!
For the June gallery stroll, TURN will be featured at the Art Access gallery. Small(ish) in size but large in impact, Art Access builds an inclusive and diverse arts community in Utah through creative opportunities for people with disabilities and other marginalized communities (quoted from their website). As the flyer suggests, the show will feature depictions of favorite things, along with descriptions that tie the works into the theme. We would be so excited for our supporters to make an appearance and help celebrate this unique opportunity!
We have been accruing ceramics pieces for quite some time now, waiting until we had enough items to fill up our volunteer's kiln, and recently we had a ton of things fired (thanks Leslie for letting us use you kiln)! One of the projects from forever ago that we were now able to complete, were some windchimes! In Allison's class, ages ago, we made some pieces, intending to string them together into windchimes. Well, I got a chance to put them together, and they are so charming in every way! They look great, and the tinkling sound they make is just delightful- I kind of wanted one for myself!
And, because we have some giving individuals, a few of them wanted to give their windchimes to their mothers for Mother's Day! Man, we have a great group of people here!
Hey all! We've been spending the day making some last minute preparations for our performance showcase tomorrow! In addition to having one last rehearsal/run through, we've also been moving out the foam mats into the performance space, and trying to get some of our chairs a little less painty. Everyone has been working so hard, and I'm so grateful for so many people's willingness to step up and help! I know we'll see some of you there tomorrow- so excited!
Hey All! TCCA's annual performance showcase is this week! We've been super busy with rehearsals, and practicing the individual pieces in our respective classes. It's shaping up to be a really fun time, and we're really excited to share our talent! We've already had a lot of people RSVP, and it's going to be a full house- we could probably fit in a few more, so if you're interested in coming, email Katie at email@example.com and let me know how many people will be coming.
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!
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