We Care Arts

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Fun Spring Market

     We’d love to see you at the Spring Market at Town and Country Shopping Center on the 2nd Saturday for the months of April, May, and June! Since we have a store in the shopping center, we are happy to participate in this handmade crafts sale, held in the breezeway from 10am to 3pm.

     We are featuring a few of our wonderful artists at this event, where you can come and talk to them and see their creativity in action!  Each month, we have 2 of our artists join us at the Spring Market and work at their art while you can watch them and purchase the wonderful work that they do.

As we said in our blog last week, Todd makes our wonderful personalized coasters, and he will be one of our featured artists. His coasters can have maps of any area of your choice, or your favorite, very special photograph! At the sale, he’ll be working on special coasters for spring.

Ruth is our resident Sewing Queen, and she makes many of our aprons and microwave bowl holders, which are so popular!

Kathleen, Aylsie, and Aaron all work in ceramics, and do very different things! Kathleen’s unusual ceramic bowls are loved by our customers and we have a hard time keeping them in stock. Aaron does his very unusual ceramic sculptures and you’ll never see anything like them anywhere! Aylsie puts her own unique designs on mugs and creates real works of beauty.

Jo is our guru of animal art! She uses a variety of media in her portraits and rivals anyone in the ability to capture the beauty and essence of the animals she portrays.  She is happy to do a portrait of your favorite pet and you can see their image just pop off the page!

They’d all love to talk to you about their passions for art!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Our wonderful personalized coasters!

 We are excited to introduce you to another very talented artist who has been very active in our program here at We Care Arts, Todd Smith.  Todd had been riding the bus from downtown Dayton to We Care Arts since 2008, but he recently moved very close by!  Todd grew up in Springfield, Ohio and attended college in Florida.  For Todd, helpful teachers and happy clients add to the joy of learning painting techniques.  He insists WCA is a positive, stress-free place.  Todd, positive and patient, certainly adds to that atmosphere.  In 2010 he began participating in the Tuesday afternoon art production class.  This class is very focused on supplying our Gift Shops with beautiful handmade art.  Todd has found this class improves his art skills in many areas, such as fused glass, puff painting on fabric, and underglazing flower pots.  He appreciates the class since it has also taught him to work on a deadline.  

Look at one of Todd’s very amazing projects, his coasters.  Interested in how this process works? He is happy to explain how he did it
He uses a water slide process to make these wonderful coasters. 

Here’s how it works: We find an image we like, such as our beautiful butterflies or maps of our local area, which have been very popular with customers!  We then print the image on special decal paper and cut out each individual one. We then soak the image in water (hence the name water slide!). We also lightly wet the ceramic coaster that we are going to put the image on, which makes positioning the image easier.  Then we gently side some of the backing off the image on the decal paper and begin to position the image on the coaster. And we, ever so gently, remove the rest of the backing off the decal paper and position our image just where we want it! At this point, the image is floating on a thin layer of water, so we take a brayer roller and squeeze the water from under the image.  Then we dab the coaster with a paper towel, removing the remaining water. After letting the coaster dry thoroughly overnight, we apply numerous coats of a clear varnish to seal the coaster and protect the image.

These coasters make wonderful gifts! Todd made a special set with a map of Springfield Ohio for his sister, who lives there. And she loved them! We can take any image you like, perhaps the map of a special place or a treasured vacation photo. And poof! We can give you a set of four coasters that make a delightfully personalized gift!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Are you seeking ways to improve your health?

Join us in celebrating National Nutrition Month which is March of every year. We Care Arts is more than honored to help promote awareness in any aspect that contributes to improving the health and well being of every one in our community. We truly value good nutrition and encourage you to do so as well. As we know, monitoring your diet, staying active and socializing with others can really benefit our health.

During National Nutrition Month® the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages everyone to "Put Your Best Fork Forward" by making small, healthy shifts in food choices when cooking at home.
The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend making small changes to eating patterns to include healthier ingredients while cooking at home. Choosing a variety of healthful foods across and within all food groups helps reduce the risk of preventable, lifestyle-related chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity.
"Evidence shows that making dietary and lifestyle changes can prevent diseases before they occur," says registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics spokesperson Angel Planells. "During National Nutrition Month and beyond, make small, healthier food choices – one forkful at a time."
Planells encourages everyone to eat more of these foods:
  • Vegetables, including dark green, red and orange, beans, peas and others
  • Fruits, especially whole fruits
  • Whole grains
  • Fat-free or low-fat dairy including milk, yogurt, cheese and fortified soy beverages
  • Protein foods including seafood, lean meats, poultry, nuts, soy products, beans and peas
  • Oils including canola, corn, olive, peanut, sunflower and soy
"It's important to create an eating style that includes a variety of your favorite, healthful foods," Planells says. "Consider cultural and personal preferences to make these shifts easier to maintain."
To find a personalized plan that works best, Planells suggests consulting a registered dietitian nutritionist. RDNs can provide sound, easy-to-follow nutrition advice to meet your lifestyle, preferences and health-related needs.
      As part of National Nutrition Month, the Academy's website includes articles, recipes, videos and educational resources to spread the message of good nutrition and an overall healthy lifestyle for people of all ages, genders and backgrounds. Consumers can also follow National Nutrition Month on Facebook and Twitter (#NationalNutritionMonth).

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Visiting Artist class makes 5K prizes!


Enjoy the second annual 5k Arts and Drafts: RUN, STROLL and ROLL!  All proceeds benefit the programs at We Care Arts. You can get your own medallion masterpiece by joining in our second annual 5k Arts and Drafts: RUN, STROLL and ROLL at Indian Riffle Park on Aug 5! 

Our last Visiting Artist class made the medallions that we will present to our 5k participants after the run. Everyone last year loved them and we’re hard at work making the ones for this year! Each participant will also receive a free beverage coupon for our ARTS and DRAFTS celebration that evening! Below you will find registration information. We will add a link to our application as soon as possible. 

Check-in at 6:30 am, Run, Stroll and Roll begins at 8:00 am! Registration and parking on the Kettering Recreation Complex side, 2900 Glengarry Drive, Kettering, Ohio. 

$30 includes t-shirt if registered by Tuesday May 30, 2017
$35 includes t-shirt if registered by Tuesday July 25, 2017
$40 registered July 26 until run day (shirt cannot be guaranteed)
BY MAIL: We Care Arts, 3035 Wilmington Pike, Kettering, OH 45429
Cost is nonrefundable. Course is completely accessible and the event is open to everyone at all levels of physical ability.

• Top male and female overall receive
a hand painted mug!

Come join us at our 5k Arts and Draft: RUN, STROLL, and ROLL! Help contribute to the lives of so many individuals in our community that are affected by disabilities.This will benefit our programs here at we care arts in so many different ways. For additional information, contact Chris Corba at ccorba@wecarearts.org or at 937.212.3777.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Contest and We Care Arts Spring Auction 2017


Are you looking for an auction to participate in this spring?  Gather your friends and make plans to attend We Care Arts’ annual Spring Auction on Friday, March 10 at the Presidential Banquet Center. 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 Kenna Seabrook, a WCA high school client from Stivers High School and created by Bockrath Flooring. Kenna had the winning design selected by the Bockrath team!
     Gina, the skilled rug artisan, created this amazing custom rug using Kenna's beautiful design. This gorgeous rug will be on display at Town & Country Shopping Center until March 10th, the day of We Care Arts Spring Auction. Bockrath made a smaller version of the rug to give to Kenna, she was excited to receive the rug and will be putting it in her room.
     Do you remember reading one of the previous blogs last month regarding this exciting contest sponsored by Bockrath Flooring?  In case you didn't see it yet, it explains the process of the contest and what happened last year.  Here is the link to that blog for your review, http://wecarearts.blogspot.com/2017/01/up-coming-spring-auction-to-we-care-arts.html.
Also included in the live auction will be a Las Vegas getaway vacation, and much more!
Last year, the auction raised over $60,000, which helped over 1,400 adults and children with disabilities realize their personal potential through art. Call We Care Arts at 937-252-3937 for tickets and more information or go to our website at http://wecarearts.org/about-events.php.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A Night To Shine

We want to make sure you are all aware of this amazing and exciting event some of our clients here at We Care Arts enjoy going to once a year called Night to Shine. 
Night to Shine is a special Prom night of dancing and socializing sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation.  Tim Tebow is a two-time college football national champion, first round National Football League draft pick, and college Heisman trophy winner. Tim Tebow is currently signed to play professional baseball with the New York Mets and is a college football analyst for the SEC Network.
Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs ages 14 and older.  This year the event was held on February 10, 2017.  375 churches from around the world, hosted Night to Shine, for 75,000 honored guests, through the support of 150,000 volunteers!

Night To Shine was held  in our local area in Troy, Vandalia and Mason Ohio.  We had clients that attended and they said that they had a great time!  The event was a prom night that they will never forget! Walking the red carpet, enjoying the royal treatment and dancing the night away!
This foundation, and all of their outreach initiatives, was primarily created to show God’s love to children around the world.  At the end of this special night was the best time to show God’s love when every guest was crowned King or Queen of the Prom.  This is a perfect way to remind people how special they are in His eyes. 



Thursday, February 9, 2017

Let's Live Healthier!


       February is National Cancer Prevention Month so this is the perfect time to spread the word and knowledge of cancer prevention.  It is our goal here at We Care Arts to contribute to the health of every individual we serve plus people throughout the community in the best way we can.  We know that the clients, volunteers, and staff here along with people we network with might be fighting cancer or working to prevent cancer.  So we wanted to share some of the important ways to best improve your health.
Guidelines for Cancer Prevention
1. Choose mostly plant foods, limit red meat and avoid processed meat.

You already know that limiting high-calorie treats is a good idea. But did you know that if you make an effort to prepare meals focused around vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans, you’ll help fortify your body against cancer?

That’s what AICR’s groundbreaking expert report concluded. The report also found a convincing scientific link between red and processed meats and colon cancer, so it’s a good idea to limit red meat to 18 ounces of lean cuts per week and avoid processed meats like ham, hot dogs, sausage and bacon

2.     Be physically active every day in any way for 30 minutes or more.

Being physically active for at total of least 30 minutes a day -- whether you’re walking, vacuuming, dancing or scuba diving – will lower your risk for colon cancer and possibly several other cancers as well.

3.     Aim to be a healthy weight throughout life.

It’s the third key element that will help protect against chronic disease. In fact, carrying excess weight has been linked to six different types of cancer.

Information found at: http://preventcancer.aicr.org/site/News2?id=14377

We also want to let you know about our amazing program we started last year called Art on a Cart. Once a week our instructor, George, goes to the Premier Health Miami Valley South’s cancer unit for Art on a Cart. He goes into the unit with art supplies on a rolling cart and offers the patients the opportunity to do some artwork while they are getting their chemo treatment. They can do things like making bracelets or printing watercolor landscapes, and many other projects! We have found that the act of creating art is a wonderful distraction from the difficult situation the patient is facing. Often the friend or family member sitting with the patient also does a project. It gives them something fun to do to make the time seem to move a bit faster. It makes our day a million times better knowing that we can help people have a positive experience while going through chemo treatments.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Happy Monday Morning!

We have a busy day on Mondays, filled with fun, artistic activities, laughter and joy at our studio.  Part of the fun is our small group of lady friends that are here in the morning. Coming to us through the area’s developmental disabilities group, they have formed very close relationships and really enjoy each other’s company.
 Part of their bond is in their long conversations with one another about their common interests in movies and cartoons and the favorite ones they like.  We Care Arts provide them with a great social outlet since it is not as easy for them to get out of the house as it is for most others.

 The projects the ladies do here are things that they are interested in.  Art teacher Jess tries to adapt the activities to their individual abilities so their projects are something that they enjoy doing and would also sell at our 2 gift shops.  Some of their projects include knitting, glazing pottery,  another is painting and another is making hair accessories.


While they are here, the ladies laugh together and tease each other and talk about their favorite movies and TV shows. Even when they arrive in the morning upset over something that has happened to them, they leave here feeling happy after being among friends in a caring environment.  
We are so happy that we can provide a supportive and caring place for them to come and enjoy themselves!


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Our Art with Buddies program

We are proud to share that we have again teamed with the Rosewood Art Centre in Kettering in creating Art with Buddies, a special art class for kids on the Autism Spectrum.

In the class, each child, with the aid of their own “Buddy” (caretaker), will get individualized attention from our art teacher, Jess.  We know how important it is for parents with a child with ASD to develop effective parenting strategies for early intervention. Many studies have shown that these early interventions greatly impact the child’s entire life.

Art with Buddies is a special partnership between Rosewood Arts Centre and We Care Arts and funded by the Tait Foundation and PNC.

The classes are on Saturdays and this winter’s classes are January 28 to March 18, from 11 to 11:45 am at Rosewood Art Centre in Kettering .The fee for the class is $30 for Kettering residents and $35 for non-residents.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Let's Get Our Creative Juices Flowing For Valentine's 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!