As I walked into the familiar dining room at Jackson Memorial Hospital last week, I noticed the tables with blank canvases set up for the art workshop. Having stayed in the hospital at Jackson, I thought the 4 foot by 4 foot canvases set up at four different tables was out of place. Everyone painting these were collaborating together to create different pieces of art.
A few people decided to paint their own small canvases. Also, different colors were chosen for the four different canvases so each would have a certain color theme.
Therapists, people with disabilities, and volunteers worked together to create some impressive pieces of art. Typically, the therapist set up and organized the large workshop. The volunteers replenished low paint and brought fresh water to wash the various brushes.
I started working on a large canvas which had a few shades of blue and white. My friend, Danny, and I were the only ones working on our big canvas. Most of the other teams had at least three people per big canvas. We decided to create a background of dark blue fading into an aqua color with geometric shapes merging slowly into more abstract shapes. The background of blue colors allowed the white shapes to pop out on the canvas. We ended up finishing first with the fewest amount of people.
The detail on our painting was not comparable to this one particular masterpiece by David
McCauley of Rise Up Gallery (please check out their website) and his team of artists. I want to thank Rise Up Gallery for bringing supplies and volunteers which were greatly appreciated. Their piece of art was very impressive with various oranges, yellows and reds blended smoothly together.
All of the pieces demonstrated great collaboration and teamwork by the artists. Each team enjoyed making such a great creation with each other. I was impressed with the teamwork and camaraderie of all the therapists, volunteers and the disabled. The art workshop epitomized helping each other create marvelous pieces of art. Another piece of art was created with this little girl, Mariah, in mind. This wheelchair-bound grade school girl was drawing with a few other people. They created an ocean setting with a nice sand beach and her name in the middle of the painting. The little girl, Mariah, intently drew a beautiful beach scene.