Archives for January 2014

Work by Tracy’s Kids on Display in San Antonio

cancer-sucks-300x217Work by participants in the newest Tracy’s Kids program at Methodist Hospital, San Antonio, Texas is currently on display at the Briscoe Library of the UT Health Science Center. We are very excited for the opportunity to help the San Antonio community learn about the great work the Tracy’s Kids Art Therapy team is doing for young cancer patients in Texas!

http://library.uthscsa.edu/2014/01/new-library-exhibit-art-work-by-pediatric-cancer-patients/

Felting- A Universal Language

As the snow fell outside the hospital today our patients were busy creating colorful, snuggly felted scarves.

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One little boy from Afghanistan particularly enjoyed the felting process. As he lay the bright red wool onto the table he smiled and called to his mom to come look at what he was creating. As his mom watched, he pulled little tufts of the soft material apart and carefully laid them on top of one another. His mom enjoyed watching the process, she shared that back home, in Afghanistan, they use the same felting process to make beautiful carpets.

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This is the wonderful nature of art- the creation process and the materials are often a bridge between so many different cultures. Art, in this case, brought a little reminder of home to the clinic for this family.

Gallery Talk January 19: Children’s Art, How to Appreciate, Enjoy and Display It

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Join Tracy Councill, Tracy’s Kids founder and art therapist, Kathryn Horn Coneway, art therapist and art educator, and Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey, Interior Designer, for an informal gallery talk about the significance of children’s art. Parents, grandparents, and kids’ art afficionados will enjoy an in-depth discussion of the developmental, emotional and aesthetic dimensions of children’s art.

Seating is limited and available on a first-come first-served basis.
Refreshments courtesy of Geppetto Catering. 
For information on making a donation to Tracys Kids, go to www.tracyskids.org

Tracy Councill started an art therapy program in 1991 for patients and families in pediatric hematology-oncology at Georgetown University Hospital’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, with a grant from the Prevent Cancer Foundation. That highly successful program evolved into Tracy’s Kids (www.tracyskids.org), a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and sustaining art therapy programs for pediatric hematology-oncology patients and their families, with programs in four locations. Councill earned her MA in Art Therapy from The George Washington University in 1988. She serves as lead art therapist in the Tracy’s Kids program at Lombardi and as Program Director for Tracy’s Kids, in addition to teaching Medical Art Therapy at the George Washington University.

Kathryn Horn Coneway is the co-founder and director of Art at the Center (www.artatthecenter.org), a studio lab for children and families in Alexandria, Virginia. Kathryn released two new picture books in 2013. Oops Paint, aimed at toddlers and preschool children, introduces stamping with everyday objects through a fun story of a family accidentally dropping things in paint. COLLETTE A Collage Adventure, tells the story of a bottle of glue who wants to get in on the artistic action in a painter’s studio. A visit from a young girl leads the two to discover the expressive possibilities of collage. Kathryn earned her MA in Art Therapy from George Washington University in 2003 and interned at Lombardi Cancer Center while a student. She will be selling and signing books at the talk, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Tracy’s Kids program.

Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey, owner and lead designer of SCW Interiors (www.scwinteriors.com), has had a lifelong passion for design with nearly 20 years of professional experience in the industry. A native of the Southwest, Shazalynn studied at the University of Texas, the Culinary Institute of America and Parsons School of Design. SCW Interiors is a full-service design firm specializing in innovative and distinctive spaces that incorporate signature elements for each client. Located in the Washington, DC area, SCW services a wide geographic area and works with both residential and commercial clients.

This event is concurrent with Artwork by Tracy’s Kids, on view at the Carroll Square Gallery through January 24, 2014.

Carroll Square Gallery
975 F Street NW, Washington DC 20004
202.347.7978
www.hemphillfinearts.com

Gallery Open During Business Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00am – 6:00pm

Image: Artwork by Tracy’s Kids, Carroll Square Gallery, 2014 (Installation View)

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And here is a link to a recent article on Kathryn Horn Coneway and her two new books.

http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2013/dec/19/art-educator-releases-two-books/

Wrapping up 2013

“The funds provided by Tracy’s Kids have made a significant difference in the lives of so many of the families who have a child or teen with cancer and within the cancer community as a whole.”

-James Zabora, Director, Life with Cancer

Wrapping up 2013

“The funds provided by Tracy’s Kids have made a significant difference in the lives of so many of the families who have a child or teen with cancer and within the cancer community as a whole.”

-James Zabora, Director, Life with Cancer

TK-DC MONUMENTS 2014 ART SHOW

2013 was another successful year for Tracy’s Kids and we celebrated with our annual art show at the Carroll Square Gallery in downtown Washington, DC, which runs through January 24.

Below are some examples of the art being showcased, as well as information about the gallery. If you have the opportunity to stop by, we promise you won’t be disappointed.

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This year we were inspired by our friend and fellow artist Kari Kant and her use of the American Flag in her pieces. We took this idea and created our own American flags earlier in the year that were showcased at her June art opening. The kids continued this idea and expanded to creating more art based around the Washington, DC landscape, and created a number of pieces with this theme. These will also be shown at our ninth annual And the Winner Is fundraiser on February 25, 2014.

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The DC artwork is not the only feature of our 2013 Carroll Square show. Below you will find some additional examples of the amazing artwork done by Tracy’s Kids artists over the last year. Remember, this is just a small taste of all that is on display, so be sure to stop by the gallery. You don’t want to miss it!

 

 

Carroll Square Gallery

975 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

202.347.7978

Monday-Friday, 8:00AM-6:00PM

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