Tuesday, May 21, 2013



Newsletter May 2013
 -Veterans Therapeutic Art Center
220 N. Center Street
Plymouth, Indiana 46563
574-935-5554


Thank you to the City of Plymouth, the Marshall County Community Foundation, Otis Bowen and Family, Joe Donnelly and my fellow Board Members. To our Corporate Sponsors and Partners: Moontree Community Studios, Heartland Artists, Hoffman Insurance, Neidlinger Farm Tile, Mr. Rick Huff, PC Source, AMP Custom Woodworking, Martin's Supermarket, and Quality Dining... Thank you. And our local Veteran Support Groups: Operation Quiet Comfort, Corvettes for Vets, Michiana Homes for Heroes, Sarah Neidlinger from the VA, and the Marshall County Peer to Peer Support Group...
Our Catapult Contest and Grand Opening went off without a hitch!

Our new office hours are:
Tuesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Noon to Six PM

Upcoming Events

Tuesday 04 June 2013, 6:00PM - 9:00PM: 

 Hand Drums: Sacred Tools of the Spirit

·        Lynn Young, Facilitator
·        Beginner to Intermediate Participants (Minimum 6/Maximum 8)
·        Tuesdays, June 4, 11, 18, 2013; 6:00 to 9:00pm & Drum Circle Friday, June 21, 6:00 to 7:00pm
·        $97.00(Includes all materials)/FREE to Registered VTAC Clients
Participants will be introduced to the spirituality of drumming in general, the role of drumming in the cultures of the world, funneling down to the role and significance of drumming in Native American contexts. Lynn approaches drum making as a traditional Indigenous Drum Maker, and she is called to work with those interested in exploring drumming and rhythm as a spiritual practice for healing and wholeness. Over the course of the experience, you will assemble your own drum and will decorate it in traditional ways of your own choosing. The final Friday meeting is a drum circle where the drums meet as a family, before they are dispersed to live in various places.
Location MoonTree Wood Studio
   
  

June 8th, 2013:  Chip-Carving Workshop

  $75/person/FREE to Registered VTAC Clients.  A one-day introduction to Chip Carving with artist Carol Fleming will be offered on Saturday, June 8th , from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Carol will show you basic wood cutting techniques and you will practice them on your own boards. Then you will layout a design of your own invention and depending on the complexity, finish it. Carol will also explain chip carving resources. MoonTree Studios will provide chip carving knives for your use.


Saturday 15 June 2013, 10:00AM - 4:00PM: 

 Artistic Fusion: Brightly Colored Glass Over Metal

·        Jayne Jacobson, Facilitator
·        Beginner to Intermediate Participants (Minimum 4/Maximum 6 Participants)
·        Saturday, June 15, 2013; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT
·        $60(Includes materials)/FREE to Registered VTAC Clients
Experience the creative properties of layers of colorful, powdered glass, kiln-fired onto copper to yield beautiful, if unexpected results. Explore this ancient art form with wide application, from creating vibrant enamel “paintings” and medallions, to jewelry-making and other art objects. At the end of the class, you will take home an original piece of your own making. Bring a sack lunch!
Location MoonTree Paint Studio

 

June 19th-21st, 2013:  Plein Air Landscape Painting Retreat.

  $275/person/FREE to Registered VTAC Clients.
 Painting demonstrations will be given in oils, but participants are welcome to use their medium of choice. Students will be provided with a suggested materials list upon receipt of paid registration.  Includes two nights’ single occupancy room at Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center (on the same property) and meals Wednesday evening through Friday lunch.  Experience will include individual painting opportunities for participants on the Ancilla Domini grounds, painting demos, individual instruction opportunities and group demonstrations, Topics will include composition and editing in Nature, capturing shadows and light, painting trees and plants, and painting water. In the event of a few sprinkles, we will go inside MoonTree Studios and discuss how to finish work in the studio, or paint the landscape outside the panoramic studio windows.


 

Saturday 22 June 2013, 10:00AM - 3:00PM:  Composition for the Everyday Photographer

·        Jayne Jacobson, Facilitator
·        Beginner to Intermediate Participants (Minimum 6/Maximum 12 Participants)
·        Saturday, June 22, 2013; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT
·        $55.00(Includes materials)/FREE to Registered VTAC Clients
Experience the elements that make up a well-composed picture. Practice outdoor with a series of creative photo-taking assignments and learn from each other via discussion of the results. Lunch and materials, including a disposable camera, are included. Wear comfortable walking shoes for trekking outdoors!


 

From Friday 28 June 2013 To Sunday 30 June 2013:

  The Story Inside Retreat—Encouraging Your Inner Storyteller

•Friday, June 28 through Sunday, June 30, 2013
•$310.00/FREE to Registered VTAC Clients (Includes two nights’ double occupancy room at Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center and meals Friday evening through Sunday lunch. All experience materials are included.)
When we engage with our creative self to produce an artistic experience for everyone to enjoy we begin to unleash a whole host of abilities we didn’t know were present.
The Story Inside is a weekend excursion into the most elementary forms of creativity. No need to worry about trying to be a great artist, instead just sink into each exercise prepared to laugh and enjoy the experience, as step by step your story comes into view. Along the way you’ll color with crayons, shape clay, and articulate with gestures and miming, until at last your story comes into view. It’s effortless; in fact, participants are instructed “not to think,” and just enjoy each exercise as they experience it.
This method has proven useful for developing personal presentation skills, gaining greater facility with public speaking, deepening the understanding of the relationship between self and soul, and realizing that artistic expression is essential to your health and that of the community.
The Story Inside retreat is funded in part by a grant from the Marshall County Community Foundation.
Location MoonTree Studios and Gallery


Monday 08 July 2013, 9:00AM - 12:00PM:  Mother Earth or Garden Diva

·        Bill Kobe, Facilitator
·        Beginner to Intermediate Participants (Minimum 6/Maximum 12 Participants)
·        Monday, July 8, 2013; 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EDT
·        $45.00 (includes materials)/FREE to Registered VTAC Clients
Building a large clay figure using slab-built, draped, and thrown methods of working with clay, surface decoration including inscribed or applied designs, and finishing your creation.
Location MoonTree Clay Studio





Monday 08 July 2013, 1:00PM - 4:00PM:  B’dote Turtle or Zen Cat Clay Experience

·        Bill Kobe, Facilitator
·        Beginner to Intermediate Participants (Minimum 6/Maximum 12 Participants)
·        Monday, July 8, 2013; 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT
·        $45.00/FREE to Registered VTAC Clients (includes materials)
Building a Na├»ve American-inspired turtle using various clay techniques. Experience the spirituality behind why these objects were made. B’dote is a Lakota Indian term for “full of natural energy; where two waters come together.” Either object can be used as a vessel when finished
Location MoonTree Clay Studio



From Tuesday 09 July 2013 - 9:00AM To Wednesday 10 July 2013 - 4:00PM: 

 Art of the Doll--Mixed Media Nature Dolls

·        Barb Kobe, Facilitator
·        Beginner to Intermediate Participants (Minimum 6/Maximum 12 Participants)
·        Tuesday, July 9 through Wednesday, July 10, 2013
·        Wednesday, July 17 through Thursday, July 18, 2013
·        $240.00 /double occupancy; $265.00 /single occupancy (Includes one night single occupancy room at Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center [on the same property] and meals first day lunch through second day lunch.)/FREE to Registered VTAC Clients-- Overnight or Commuter
·        $185 Commuter rate for 2-day Art of the Doll experience (Includes lunch each day)
Come immerse yourself in doll-making. You will learn about and experiment with clays, fibers, body structures and parts, fabrics, wrapping and embellishment, faces and face molds, and how to put them all together to make an art doll. You will play with possibilities and practice doll-making skills, leaving the experience with enough skills to continue to make dolls of your own. Leave your worries behind and be prepared to get out of your box!
Location MoonTree Paint Studio



From Thursday 11 July 2013 - 9:00AM To Sunday 14 July 2013 - 4:00PM: 

 Clay: Every Which Way

·        Visiting Facilitator Bill Kobe, from Minneapolis, Minnesota
·        For VTAC Participants only up to May 31, then open to public (Minimum 6/Maximum 12 Participants)
·        Thursday, July 11 through Sunday, July 14, 2013
·        $355.00 Commuter rate for 4-day experience (Includes lunch each day)/
FREE to Registered VTAC Clients
Combining slab-built, draped, and thrown methods of working with clay, surface decoration, glazing, Raku firing, along with learning the meaning of what you’re making via the history of clay vessels among the American Indians, their symbology, etc.
Location MoonTree Clay Studio



From Friday 12 July 2013 - 9:00AM To Monday 15 July 2013 - 4:00PM: 

 The Dollmaking Circle: a process to deepen your connection to your creative soul using dollmaking and journaling

·        Barb Kobe, Facilitator
·        For Participants who have already taken Art of the Doll experience (Minimum 6/Maximum 12 Participants)
·        Friday, July 12 through Monday, July 15, 2013
·        $550.00 /double occupancy; $625.00 /single occupancy (Includes three nights’ single occupancy room at Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center [on the same property] and meals Friday lunch through Monday lunch.)
·        $375.00 Commuter rate for 4-day Mindful Stitching experience (Includes lunch each day)
FREE to Registered VTAC Clients
The act of making a doll can take a person through a process of creative imagination, growth and healing. This retreat focuses on the personal growth and healing aspects of doll-making. The Doll-making Circle is a creative process based on the organizing principle of the Native American medicine wheel – using the four directions and four elements to focus on intention and inspiration; creative play; healing and wisdom. Participants will be invited and encouraged to explore their range of perceptions through the doll they will create; and in doing so will reach a deeper understanding of themselves and their doll-making process. On day four participants will experience a witnessing and blessing of the dolls ceremony. Participants will be expected to bring a journal and pictures of their own face, their mother’s face, grandmother’s face and the faces of any other important women in their lives. Participants will be invited to play with creative energies through drawing and writing.
Location MoonTree Studios



From Wednesday 17 July 2013 - 9:00AM To Thursday 18 July 2013 - 4:00PM: 

 Art of the Doll--Mixed Media Nature Dolls

·        Barb Kobe, Facilitator
·        Beginner to Intermediate Participants (Minimum 6/Maximum 12 Participants)
·        Tuesday, July 9 through Wednesday, July 10, 2013
·        Wednesday, July 17 through Thursday, July 18, 2013
·        $240.00 /double occupancy; $265.00 /single occupancy (Includes one night single occupancy room at Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center [on the same property] and meals first day lunch through second day lunch.)
·        $185 Commuter rate for 2-day Art of the Doll experience (Includes lunch each day)
FREE to Registered VTAC Clients
Come immerse yourself in doll-making. You will learn about and experiment with clays, fibers, body structures and parts, fabrics, wrapping and embellishment, faces and face molds, and how to put them all together to make an art doll. You will play with possibilities and practice doll-making skills, leaving the experience with enough skills to continue to make dolls of your own. Leave your worries behind and be prepared to get out of your box!
Location MoonTree Paint Studio



Saturday 20 July 2013, 9:00AM - 3:00PM:  Creating a Watercolor Conversation

•Laurie Balla, Facilitator
•Beginner to Intermediate Participants (Minimum 6/Maximum 12 Participants)
•Saturday, July 20, 2013; 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT
•$45.00/FREE to all VTAC Clients (Includes all materials and lunch)
In this experience you will be exposed to the materials used to work in watercolor, color wheel and color mixing, wet-on-wet and wet-on-dry techniques, tight versus loose painting, and “lost” “and” found edges. Even though Laurie Balla suggests watercolor techniques and styles, she encourages participants to be brave and bring themselves into their art. She inspires through the use of rich, vibrant color and propels participants with words of encouragement and pure delight at their progress.
Laurie offers two different flowers for study, and demonstrates how to transfer a drawing onto watercolor paper. During the experience you can complete two small flower paintings, as you’re experiencing the art of watercolor conversation.
Location MoonTree Paint Studio




Saturday 27 July 2013, 9:00AM - 3:00PM:  Creating a Watercolor Conversation

•Laurie Balla, Facilitator
•Beginner to Intermediate Participants (Minimum 6/Maximum 12 Participants)
•Saturday, July 20, 2013; 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT
•$45.00/FREE to Registered VTAC Clients (Includes all materials and lunch)
In this experience you will be exposed to the materials used to work in watercolor, color wheel and color mixing, wet-on-wet and wet-on-dry techniques, tight versus loose painting, and “lost” “and” found edges. Even though Laurie Balla suggests watercolor techniques and styles, she encourages participants to be brave and bring themselves into their art. She inspires through the use of rich, vibrant color and propels participants with words of encouragement and pure delight at their progress.
Laurie offers two different flowers for study, and demonstrates how to transfer a drawing onto watercolor paper. During the experience you can complete two small flower paintings, as you’re experiencing the art of watercolor conversation.
Location MoonTree Paint Studio

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Newsletter January 2013

Happy New Year to all of our Supporters!
 
This has truly been a busy start to a full schedule available to all of our Veterans.  Our first Pottery Workshop was quickly filled up and has exceeded our expectations.
Many more opportunities are still open...
 
Upcoming Events:
 
*Drums for Peace-- Begins January 26th*
 
 
*Intensive Wheel-Throwing Pottery Experience-- Begins February 4th*
 
Intensive Wheel-Throwing Pottery Experience with Laura Garza as Facilitator ▪ beginner to intermediate participants (max. 4 ) ▪ Six Sessions: February 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, and 20, 2013; 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. EST ▪ $150.00/Free to all VTAC Members (Includes clay and firing.) For anyone who missed the opportunity to attend our last set of Clay/Pottery classes... this is your chance. Please RSVP thru your VTAC representative or contact Jim Miller.

 
*Art Fusion Workshop-- Begins February 9th*
 
 

*Complimentary Luncheon and Tour*
February 9th
News Release:
MoonTree Studios and VTAC Invite Veterans to Lunch
DONALDSON, Ind. - On Saturday, February 9th, 2013, 11:30 am to 2:00 pm EST, Veteran's Therapeutic Art Center (VTAC) will host a luncheon and tour of the facilities at MoonTree Studios and The Center at Donaldson.  Veterans of military service and their families are invited to the event, to learn more about the creative experiences offered at MoonTree Studios and to enjoy a day of relaxation with family and friends.
The Luncheon will familiarize those who attend with a new experience offered this year-- an intergenerational design and building experience at the MoonTree Wood and Metal Studio.  Teams are invited to conceive, plan, and building a working wooden machine to heave golf balls and seed balls for distance and accuracy.  Commonly known as catapults, trebuchets, onagers or balistas, these types of machines date back to third and fourth century BC, and are generally defined as machines that store energy, then quickly release that energy to fire a projectile.

The “Build a Catapult Experience” is open to the public as well as VTAC members. Teams are required to register by February 28, 2013 to receive the rules and building guidelines. They can design and build their catapult machine with the help of an experienced MoonTree Wood Shop Facilitator. The Catapult Experience will culminate with a Contest of Catapult Prowess and Launch of Life on the prairie surrounding MoonTree Studios on Saturday, April 27 during Earth Week. Catapults will compete for distance, accuracy, originality of design and decoration, use of recycled material, and even historical accuracy and team insignia or costume. Prizes will be awarded!

 

The catapult contest’s closing ceremonies will include a Launch of Life, when all catapult teams will line up for a simultaneous launch of seed balls into the grasslands around MoonTree Studios.

 

Call MoonTree Studios at (574) 935-1712, or VTAC at (574) 400-3258 (ask for Dan) or (574) 328-2108 (ask for Rich) by January 31 to attend the luncheon and tour.

About Moon Tree Studios

MoonTree Studios is a ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. Through participation in MoonTree experiences, people explore the interconnectedness of art, nature, and the Spirit within, to awaken to their creative potential and sow the seeds for a more mindful, compassionate and sustainable Earth Community. To learn more, please visit www.moontreestudios.org.
 
About Veterans Therapeutic Art Center

Veteran's Therapeutic Art Center (VTAC) is a group of veterans founded to provide artistic experiences as a vehicle for healing to veterans and their families in Marshall, Starke, and surrounding counties in North Central Indiana.  In cooperation with MoonTree Studios, VTAC helps "veterans bond with one another through shared creative time... bonds within their own family and community as they work on projects together."  To learn more, please visit
www.vtacinc.org


*Mandala Creation Workshop-- Begins February 15th*

The Sacred Circle: Mandala Creation for Reflection with Vera Smucker Shenk as Facilitator ▪ beginner to intermediate participants (minimum 6/maximum 12) ▪ Six Friday mornings: February 15 and 22; March 1, 8, 15 and 22, 2013. 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. ▪ $45.00 (Includes materials)/free for all VTAC members... please contact your VTAC representative.


On the Horizon...
Chip Carving Basics, Hand Building Pottery Experience,
Contemplative Prayer: The Practice of Meditation,
Spinning in the Spirit, For the Birds -Intergenerational Experience,
Creating Our Life Stories (Mixed Media) 2 day Retreat,
Artistic Fusion: Brightly Colored Glass Over Metal,
Explore Moontree-- Create Fearlessly Workshop,
Creativity, Conflict, Collaboration 2 day Retreat,
Needle Felting,
Earth Day Celebration,
Culinary Workshops, Equine Therapy Sessions and Workshops,
Music Lessons and Jam Sessions,
Sewing and Quilting Courses...
...and FREE T-Shirts!


as always...  fondest regards... 
any questions or comments please contact me,
 
James Miller
Veterans Therapeutic Art Center
Art Coordinator
 
 

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Newsletter December 2012

 Welcome

To all of our VTAC Members
 
News
Our membership tally, as of this month, is a whopping 240 members!!
Please respond as quickly as you are able and send out your current contact information.
 
Welcome to Henry Watson, as he takes the reins as our new Operational Vice President.
 
Our January thru February "Clay Experience" Workshop has filled very quickly.  Our apologies if you weren't able to RSVP quickly enough to complete the registration process.  This $150, eight-week course was offered free thru VTAC for all members.  Stay posted-- many, many more chances are on the horizon.
 
Thank you to Operation Quiet Comfort and Mark Umbaugh for the opportunity to place our organization before the Veterans at Ameriprise.  A true honor.
 
 



We are currently seeking five volunteers to help at our Woodworking Workshop at Moontree Studios.  If you are interested or know of someone who might be interested, please contact Richard Patterson at 574-328-2108.

 




 
Keep Posted for these Upcoming Events:
 
A Chili Cook-off Fundraising Event
A free Luncheon and Tour of our facilities at Moontree Community Studios
And last but not least:  An all out Build Competition of Catapults and Trebuchets!  This workshop will be posted soon, so begin gathering ideas now.  Space will be limited... Test Runs, Finals, Accuracy and Distance Competitions will take place in the Spring.  All materials provided and build costs covered by VTAC for all members.
 
VTAC member, Al McVey, has offered his Tax Preperation Expertise.  If anyone needs a little help, please contact Rich Patterson:574-328-2108.
 
 
At our Woodworking facilities, Larry and Marsha Balmer completed work on a beautiful "Pie Safe."
 
 
 
How Did I Get Inspired and Involved with VTAC?
 
"Back when our Troops were returning from Vietnam, I was working for the House of Representatives as District Administrator of the 7th Congressional District of Illinois.  My office was downtown Chicago- the largest, richest and poorest district in the Country.
 
Many Veterans came to my office seeking help.  Most were Agent Orange victims.  Their nervous systems were "shot" and their skin was peeling off.  I tried in vain to get them help from the government.  Through VTAC, I can help Veterans without depending on the government.  This entire experience has been very gratifying to me."
Signed,
 
Jerry Nikitas
VTAC Culinary Facilitator