Donna Fox (instructor) for Chamberlain nursing students
thought up a wonderful project for the clinical portion of the
program's mental health training and with the aid and support of Dina Queen (coordinator); 9muses members enjoyed a course filled with information and pie too.
The project is named: A.D.P.I.E. a.k.a. Assessment, Diagnosis, Planning, Implementation & Evaluation.
We thank the students of Chamberlain for doing a wonderful job.
Community builds a toolbox
October 21st, 2016
For twenty years 9Muses Art Center has been in this community to provide place and comfort for people who needed it. A creative place to explore ways to improve life, for people trying to lift themselves from many challenges. And so like any homecoming, any family reunion, this community has come together to produce the show you see today. Production had the energy of an old fashion barn raising. Many different people doing many different activities; the snipping sound of multiple scissors carving through calendars, books and magazines (shredded across the floor): The cries for more glue as they layered image after image onto cardboard boxes. Many people (instructors and students) were on hand to provide support, advise and listen to frustrated artists trying to figure out how to get things to stick to their boxes. There was also the laughter and chatter of members enjoying the process and commenting on each other’s work.
Wellness Assembly, in short is community in action, modeling the mission of this center, you are invited to take the time, explore the toolboxes not only for what they mean to the members, but also what they mean to you.
It has been a year since Skip Gauvreau had his first solo show and he has been busy. He is on the Board of Directors for MHA of Southeast Florida as 9Muses Art Center’s member representative, he has participated in health fairs, Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) and attended classes to expand his knowledge on mental health issues, and he has performed with the Muses Band in the Creativity Café. As Skip puts it; “I am truly grateful for 9Muses and how it has helped turned my life in a positive direction…I have been able to give back to the community.”
Skip has been busy exploring art too. New media and techniques, including painting in 2D/3D, using molding paste. Learning new techniques in acrylics, watercolors and pastels, expressing what he’s learned in class. “I see the progress I have made. I see things with a different perception. I like to deconstruct what I see and change things around in my work.” All we can say is “WELL DONE!”
Congratulations to Marcia Pinck a long time employee of the Mental Health Association of Southeast Florida and invaluable advocate for the mental health community providing education and awareness.
The Quarterly Final Friday Show was preceded by a successful artist's sale. There was a diverse selection of visual arts and specialty items. People from the community visited 9Muses artists and were pleasantly surprised by the creativity and ability of the artists.
Celebrated on Friday October 28th and what a party it was. Members fashioned their fitted togas created at the center and a costume contest was not an easy decision for the judges. Along with great music from our DJ Pat Kennedy, fabulous food and drink were enjoyed by all.
Dwight and Paul Williams traveled to Lauderhill, FL from Detroit with videographer Sascha Rybinski of GoodTastic Films to interview Violet King, an artist of 9Muses Art Center for a documentary on PBS. Violet King's work was found by sheer coincidence in a newly purchased storage unit by Dwight Williams. He loved the work so much, he has been promoting Violet's work since. From left: Paul Williams, Dwight Williams, Sascha Rybinski, Violet King (bottom)
When does the shape of a thing become the object of a thing? When does the curve of an arch become an expansive bridge across a valley or the entrance of a building? For Gallery Muse George Glover, art is looking deeper. "When drawing a chair, I don't see a chair, I see angles and shapes. That is what I paint and what the chair becomes."
George Clover, a native of Pompano Beach, FL, is an artist among artists. "My brothers and I would have contests to see who drew something the best." At home we started watching Bob Ross and other painting instructors on a television series."
Around ten years ago George began coming to the art center where he studied with past art instructors Peter Coccuza and later Shane Weaver. As ceramics instructor Nicole Storrs describes it; "It's all about the physical form, he does both painting and sculpture well. It is interesting how 2d art helps 3d art. When you can create depth of
surface and light source on a flat surface it shows how depth and light affects a sculpture.
As current art instructor Pam Alaniz describes Georges' work: "He has a unique style. I have watched him perfect his craft over the last four to five years and I am amazed by how beautiful his work is."
George describes his own technique; "In choosing an object, I look for darkness and light, I look for shape. Self Portraits are exercise for the craft of art as physical exercise is for the body. How you see things, the way you see things, which technique you use creates the image."
Lots of fun in the sun and great gifts were admired and sold. This was an opportunity to showcase the work of members and the significant effect of creativity on the mind and body. Members abilities increase, even in those that had no previous experience with art or it's various forms and were convinced that their engagement would prove futile. Giving and sharing for the gift of mental wellness and behavioral health is the ultimate inspiration within this community.
Health Professions Division visited the center and engaged members by creating planters with all the necessary materials included. Headed by Max A. Ito, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Occupational Therapy Department: The project was enjoyed by members and added yet another fun activity for participants. Thank you to all of the Nova students for their commitment and creativity.
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