Local artist secure art therapy for Sunrise clients

| 14/02/2011

(CNS): Additional art classes for ten Sunrise Adult Training Centre (SRC) clients for an hour every week have been secured as a result of the support of a local artist a service club and an ar supplies shop. Art Eccentrix’s Nikola McCoy-Snell, a former special education teacher, spearheaded the project, donating her studio space and time, securing art supplies valued at $2,600 and the loan of chairs from the Cayman Islands National Gallery. McCoy-Snell, who engaged the participants in print- and collage-making for their first two classes, says she has all sorts of fun activities planned for the group. She will include instruction on textured-art pieces and will take her students on field trips to acquire objects such as shells, boxes, sand and soda cans.

“Sunrise Centre has a very limited art budget so we’re extremely grateful for this exciting addition to our curriculum,” said SRC Director Roberta Gordon. “It follows last September’s addition of a music therapy programme, so we’re planning a combined spring concert and art show for May. That will give our clients a chance to showcase their work and development in both areas. Some of their art-work will also be sold and the proceeds will go right back to the centre’s art programme.”
Gordon said the centre was grateful to Nikola, the Rotary Club and The Hobby Shop for their generosity and for making this learning experience possible.
“But to continue with the classes we will eventually need additional donations. As such, we would also welcome the kindness of others,” she added.
Items like old magazines, glue, paints and brushes, paper, plywood, and balloons would all be useful for the class. Gift certificates to hardware stores, as well as loans of tables and chairs would also be helpful. To donate, contact Ms. Gordon on 949-3330 and Roberta.Gordon@gov.ky, or Mrs. McCoy-Snell on 927-2076 and Nikola@arteccentrixgallery.com .

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