We Care Arts

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Lets Get Our Creative Juices Flowing For Valentines Day!

Bring your sweetie and join us for another fun Creative Juices Studio Event class on Thursday, February 9! The class is going to be something really unique and romantic for Valentine’s Day. You and your favorite Valentine can each create their own beautiful birch tree painting on wood, and they come together to make one painting with both your initials in the heart shown carved into the center tree.

The class on February 9 is from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at our main studio at 3035 Wilmington Pike. The cost per couple is $60, and it’s BYO wine, with coffee, tea and water being provided. Deadline to make a reservation is February 8 at 4pm.

Just like this class, our Creative Juices Studio Events can provide a wide range of art experiences for you here at We Care Arts, or one of our professional artists can travel to you with art supplies in tow. We can accommodate up to 20 people per session, and can teach classes featuring a variety of mediums including painting on canvas, glass fusion, fiber arts, jewelry making, and much more! Classes are typically just $35 per person and we provide all of the materials you’ll need to create your masterpiece!




Wednesday, January 11, 2017

You Are The Artist of Your Own Life!


We Care Arts teaches people with many levels of ability to create art, but some of our artists already have a very clear vision of what art that they would like to create. Nowhere is this seen more than our clay program led by art teacher Bruce Rill. He understands in the value of art and thinks that when people engage in art, miracles can happen. He believes that they find aspects of themselves that they didn’t know existed and find their own personal power.

One of our artists who work with Bruce is Kathleen Lorring. A graphic designer, she owned her own business for fifteen years, but retired after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Her art reflects the passion that she holds in life, such as creating ceramic serving bowls, which she envisions will be used by people coming together and sharing food and fellowship. She always has a clear vision of what she wants to create, also reflected in her paintings of endangered species, which reflect her concern that we are depleting our natural resources and wildlife.
Kathleen comes to us to create her art because she feels that it is easier to be creative in a creative environment. She finds that she gets a lot of support not only from our teachers but also from the other artists here. She enjoys developing her own unique styles of art and finds Bruce to be a positive factor in her artistic growth.

For Bruce, some moments here make him feel a real sense of camaraderie and community. He loves being a mentor and empowering people to produce something beautiful and meaningful and to discover the empowering power of creating art. He believes that God has given us all the power to be the artist of our own life.



Thursday, January 5, 2017

Upcoming Spring Auction to We Care Arts

Have you wondered what exciting opportunities will lead us into the new year?  We Care Arts has developed an exciting relationship with Bockrath Flooring and Rugs! For the second year, the Bockrath Cares Design Challenge has asked our clients to design rugs. Then Bockrath selects their favorite and creates it. The rug will be auctioned off at our Spring Auction event on March 10, 2017.

Our last year’s winner of the initial Bockrath Cares Design Challenge was Nicholas Tapley, a student from Stebbins High School. He was very thrilled that his rug design won the contest, and Bockrath personally made him a slightly smaller rug with his design, which delighted him. When presented with the rug, he said, “I am on the top of the earth!” His parents were so happy and grateful and the whole experience made the people from Bockrath cry!

This year’s winner is a student of We Care Arts who attends Stivers High School.  (We’re not saying who since we will surprise the lucky winner with the announcement and rug presentation at a later date, but before the Spring Auction). The rug is still moving from the initial design to a computer model ready to be manufactured, and we can’t wait to see it! It is such a thrill for our students to be singled out for their creativity and being rewarded for their hard work!

Our 25th annual We Care Arts’ Spring Auction is on Friday March 10 at the Presidential Banquet Center in Kettering. The fun-filled evening will feature a terrific dinner, and a silent auction with dozens of fabulous gift baskets from which to choose. This year’s live auction will include a chance to bid on a beautiful rug, designed by WCA high school client and created by Bockrath Carpets, a get-a-way vacation, and much more! Last year, the auction raised over $60,000, which helped over 1,300 adults and children with disabilities realize their personal potential through art. Call We Care Arts at 937-252-3937 for tickets and more information.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Holiday depression tips

This week We Care Arts wants to help spread awareness around of how the hustle and bustle, bright lights and wonderful soothing music can actually cause people to experience depression during the holidays. One of our overall goals as a nonprofit is to contribute to the lives of as many people as possible. We felt like one way to do so is to insure everyone has a very joyous holiday season. We know that many people we serve along with people throughout our communities are having a difficult time at this time of the year. Here are some helpful tips to help minimize your stress/depression level.

According  to HealthLine.com there are many factors that can contribute to why people to experience the holiday blues. Several of these factors include :

·         Social Isolation

Cause: Social isolation is one of the biggest predictors of depression, especially during the holidays. Some people may have a small social circle or lack opportunities for socialization. People who have feelings of disconnectedness often avoid social interactions at holiday time. Unfortunately, withdrawing often makes the feelings of loneliness and symptoms of depression worse.

Tip: One of the best ways to deal with social isolation is to reach out to friends or family for support. You can also try talking to a therapist. They can help you figure out where your feelings come from and develop solutions to overcome them.

·         Grieving

Cause: Some people may be keenly aware of the loss of a loved one during the holiday season. Here are several ways to stave off the holiday blues that may descend at this time.

Tip: Begin a new tradition. Try planning a family outing or vacation, instead of spending the holidays at home.

Tip: Don't give in to holiday pressures. Feel free to leave an event if you aren't comfortable. Be willing to tell others, "I'm not up for this right now."

Other tips on how to find joy and balance include:

·         Reach out. If you feel lonely or isolated, seek out community, religious or other social events. They can offer support and companionship. Volunteering your time to help others also is a good way to lift your spirits and broaden your friendships.

·         Be realistic. The holidays don't have to be perfect or just like last year. As families change and grow, traditions and rituals often change as well. Choose a few to hold on to, and be open to creating new ones. Stick to a budget. Before you go gift and food shopping, decide how much money you can afford to spend.

·         Learn to say no. Saying yes when you should say no can leave you feeling resentful and overwhelmed. Friends and colleagues will understand if you can't participate in every project or activity. If it's not possible to say no when your boss asks you to work overtime, try to remove something else from your agenda to make up for the lost time.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

The success of our annual Cookie Walk

We had a great time at the Cookie Walk, our annual homemade cookie sale on Saturday, December 3 here at We Care Arts! With the help from all our supporters hundreds of pounds of delicious sweets were placed on every horizontal space in our large open room. We made more than $3,000 at this amazing sale! 

We are so grateful for all the wonderful supporters that attend our events throughout the year. But never more so than when they support the Cookie Walk.
To have cookies to sell, we put out the call to people who have made cookie for us before and also request cookie bakers through our email list and social media . Lots of people tell us that they will make cookies, but we never really know what amount of cookies we are going to get! Fortunately, every year we get tons of cookies and we are grateful to everyone who bakes for us!

We also want to thank all the volunteers who work our event so it always runs smoothly! They load cookies onto platters on Friday when the cookies are rolling in. Then, on Saturday, they keep our tables filled with wonderful goodies that our customers love to take home and share with their family and friends.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Introducing another amazing talent at WCA

 This week, we would like to introduce you to John Deger, another one of our team of amazing artists.  He has been coming to We Care Arts since January 2012 after being referred by his therapist, and is more than happy to share his background, hobbies and passions for coming here.

John Deger was born in Centerville, Ohio. He is the youngest with two older brothers. While growing up, he enjoyed being the youngest as he was spoiled. 

John expressed some of his hobbies when he said, “I like painting, reading and watching sports, including the University of Dayton basketball team and the Cincinnati Reds.” 

He also truly enjoys advanced coloring books, mosaic art, and participates in two different bowling leagues.

 John shared how much he loves coming here when he said, “My favorite thing about We Care Arts is being around all my friends.  Everyone is so friendly."


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Sharing Her Dedication

 We are thrilled to share what we learned when we interviewed one of our amazing art teachers, Sharen Eninger.  We have been truly blessed by her dedication to teach our clients for the past 15 years.  Sharon teaches a weekly art class of up to 35 students every Thursday afternoon from 1pm to 4pm here at We Care Arts.  During this class they work on all kinds of mediums, which can include painting, ceramics, oils, fiber art, weaving and much more.  She always asks her students what their dream project is and then comes up with a project to make that dream happens.  Sharen shares her enthusiasm when she says “I feel there is no project that is too big for them, they can do it!”  

  Every time they are ready to start a new project, Sharen gladly takes her time to sit down with her students and discuss their interests along with what is going on with the holidays at that point which would also help determine what may sell well in the shop.  Sharen’s favorite thing about teaching is being able to see her students leave class with a good sense of success.  It is always amazing seeing how art can truly help people feel better emotionally as well as have better self-esteem.  Sharen notices that sometimes her students get frustrated throughout the class but she describes the learning process as part of the journey, “It is like building with blocks, you first have to have a foundation.”

Another thing Sharen has observed during her teaching experience is that these art projects help to change the mood of her students in a positive way.  When they feel overwhelmed, they would break down the work into smaller parts along with focusing more on building friendships.  She encourages everyone that you should not compare your art work with other people as everyone is unique.  In order to make everyone in this class as optimistic as possible they are not allowed to say “can’t” or “won’t” but instead they can say “this is a challenge” or “this is difficult”. 
    One of Sharen’s many wonderful memories has been watching one of her students, Todd, grow.  When he first started he could only trace but as he continued learning and practicing he worked his way up to showing his artistic skills in whimsical paintings and coming up with his own ideas. 

We are so thankful for all of our wonderful art teachers who try their best to contribute to the lives of all of our clients.  Without Sharen and all of the amazing teachers, staff and volunteers, we would not be who we are today!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Special Holiday Cookie Walk!!!!!

 It’s cookie time again!!!!!!!

Our wildly popular Cookie Walk is Saturday, December 3 from 10 to 2 (or ‘till the cookies are gone!) here at We Care Arts, 3035 Wilmington Pike, Kettering.  

Come in, stock up on all our yummy homemade cookies for only $7 a pound and say adios to holiday baking this year! Or if you love baking, you can make us some goodies to sell at our event and help fund the programs we provide. Either way, you can’t go wrong!

Here’s how you can help:
·         Bake and donate COOKIES!!! This year, we invite you to “think outside the chip.” We all love a good chocolate chip cookie, but during the holidays, it’s sharing those “special” cookies that we remember from our childhoods that make this kind of event so much fun. We’re looking for the cookies, bars, and candies that you remember making with your mom and grandma: tassies, nut horns, snowballs, shortbreads, bourbon balls, pizzelles, luscious fudge. Beautiful and unique cookies are big sellers!
·         Come and buy cookies! Leave with dozens of different cookies for your family to enjoy. Tell your friends to come too!
·         Volunteer! We’ll need folks to help us to plate cookies on Friday, and will need cashiers and “cookie runners” throughout the day on Saturday.

    If you are interested in volunteering or baking for this event, please learn all about it on our website at  WeCare Arts  or contact us at 937-252-3937.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Let's celebrate world diabetes day

Let’s celebrate world diabetes day on November 14th 2016. This is the day for us to show our support and spread awareness for any and all issues related to diabetes. World diabetes day was established in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization to promote the growing health concerns of diabetes. In 2006, United Nations made world diabetes day recognized as a special day to spread awareness of the cause, outcome, and prevention of diabetes.

What is diabetes?
Diabetes happens when the body cannot produce enough insulin or it can’t use its own insulin as well as it should. This condition can cause people to experience heart conditions, blindness and lower limb amputation.
There are two types of diabetes Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 is heredity and Type 2 can be associated with your diet and lack of exercise. Regular exercise activities can truly help to reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

How does stress affect diabetes?
When a person is under stress it can affect their eating habits and the amount of physical activities that a person will do.  Stress can cause loss of appetite or skipping meals, as well as eating unhealthy food such as chips and candy, or not exercising enough.

How can art help people affected with diabetes?
Performing artistic activities is an amazing way to relieve stress. Art therapy truly helps people get their mind off of stressful life activities and gives them something to enjoy.  Once a person does anything related to art such as painting, drawing, photography, gardening, and wood working, they are more likely to have less stress and better eating habits with more physical activity. All of this can reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
We Care Arts is the perfect place to reduce your stress and socialize with others. This positive environment can truly contribute to reducing major health risk such as diabetes. 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Jeanette McElwain, and her passion for art!

This month we are proud to introduce you to another one of our talented clients, Jeanette McElwain.  She eagerly shares some of her passions and hobbies along with her passion of coming to WCA. 

 Jeanette McElwain, was born and raised in Texas. She has been in Ohio for approximately five years. She has two sisters and one brother.  Jeanette said some of her hobbies are “drawing, all kinds of ceramics,  bowling,” and she has been actively involved with learning American Sign Language for about one year. Jeanette was referred to WCA by her case manager from Montgomery County.  

She began coming here in February 2014.  Her favorite thing about coming to WCA is glazing clay and interacting with the people. Coming to WCA has really helped her emotionally because she feels happier, more relaxed, and more interactive.

She has recently shown her talent at learning sign language at our latest fund raiser in October when we performed the song "I Love You" in ASL.  If you want to watch our fun and exciting performance please click here