Rob Kincaid art class

COLORS — During an art class taught by Rob Kincaid, Dustin C. sketches his idea in pencil and then watches his creation come to life with paint.

If you follow any of Bona Vista’s social media, you’ve undoubtedly seen tons of pictures of children and adults doing art activities (and if you don’t, you should). Persons served of all ages and all abilities love to express themselves through the arts.

Whether it’s painting, drawing, music, woodworking, singing, sewing, or dancing, there’s never a lack of artistic flare throughout our organization. It’s part of what I love most about it.

Bona Vista Programs provides opportunities daily for the individuals served in our programs to participate in art-related activities. However, we are always looking for fresh ideas and people who are willing to share their time and talents with us to make these ideas a reality. That is where you come in to help!

We are looking for artists in all different mediums who will come and share their talents with those we serve. We provide any materials you may need to teach the class so you don’t have to worry about that. All you have to do is show up with a plan and be flexible. Some of the adults we serve will follow your directions and your plan to the letter while others are a little more “free form,” if you will, with their artistic expression. In the end, though, it’s all about having a good time, learning something new, showing off their creativity, and walking away with something they are proud of… regardless of how it was intended to look originally.

The classes that we have had in the past have been amazing. I’m not going to lie. Sometimes I get a little jealous because their classes are so fun! Not only do they provide an outlet for expression, but the guest artists also are encouraging and complimentary. There’s no “right or wrong” way to complete the project, and the amount of pride each person takes in their work causes your heart to swell.

In the past, we have offered jewelry making, canvas painting, pottery sculpting, watercolor painting, and more! But, we are open to all ideas. In fact, I’ve recently spoke to a gentleman who uses spray paint to make art in reference to teaching a class. Our adults would love that! Who do you know who has a talent they may be willing to share? Is it you? We would love to get in touch with you (or them) to form a partnership that we can all feel good about.

So what happens to all of the art pieces created? I’m glad you asked. Some persons served will take their artwork home to enjoy, while others are submitting their pieces to The Corner Décor gift store located downtown at the corner of Buckeye and Walnut streets to be sold. That’s right! You could have to chance to own a handcrafted, one-of-a-kind, original work of art from one of our adults. They love when any of the items they create for the gift store sell, and we love letting them know that someone else appreciated their work as much as we do!

At Bona Vista we look at the whole person, not just the part that brings them in our doors – whether that’s attending preschool, receiving job coaching, participating in our adult day programs, or any number of other reasons. The sum of all of the parts makes the whole, right? So if a person is non-verbal or happens to be in a wheelchair, that’s not the whole. It’s just one part.

If you are an artist willing to donate your time and talents, call or e-mail me at 765-457-8273 ext 335 or abrantley@bonavista.org. I can’t begin to tell you how it would be appreciated by those we serve, and I hope to hear from you soon!