Celebrating Summer: A Recap

Oct 2, 2023 | Art, Featured Stories, H'art Studio

A group of about a dozen H'art artists posing in tie-dyed coats.

Now that the summer season has come to a close, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the incredible activities and accomplishments we experienced together. This summer, we talked about our emotions, what affects us emotionally, and how our emotions, in turn, can affect others around us — like ripples in water. It was a safe and supportive season for Studio artists to explore and express their feelings through art. Through engaging activities and discussions, we gained a deeper understanding of our emotions and learned valuable coping strategies. 

Hanging Hearts and Loving Kingston:
One of the standout events was the “Hanging Hearts” exhibit at City Hall, featuring the artistic collaboration of Jeff and Maeghan. Inspired by the “36 Questions that Lead to Loving Kingston,” their artwork beautifully captured the essence of love and connection within our community.

Chicken Little Performance at Skeleton Park:
The Barefoot Players delighted audiences with their captivating performance of “Chicken Little” at Skeleton Park. Their energetic and imaginative portrayal of this classic tale brought smiles to our faces. 

Tie-Dye Workshop and Fashion Show:
Participants had a blast at our colourful tie-dye workshop, where they unleashed their creativity and transformed plain fabrics into vibrant works of art. The fun continued with a fashion show, where everyone proudly showcased their unique tie-dye creations.

Drumming Circle:
H’art Studio artists took part in regular drumming circles. The musical activity allowed for rhythmic expression and a sense of unity as participants created beautiful music together. How emotional! 

Rainforest IV and Sound Sculpture Workshops:
We had an amazing opportunity to play a part in a workshop sound artist Matt Rogalsky ran in The Mix which recognizes the 50th anniversary of a famous sound sculpture piece, ‘Rainforest IV’. The workshop immersed participants in soundscapes, fostering a deeper appreciation for the art of creating music using unconventional objects and materials, unleashing their creativity in unique and unexpected ways. Additionally, in our own sound sculpture workshops, H’art Studio artists created natural soundscapes of sounds they might hear in a forest. Then, artists will add movement and American Sign Language to create a visual representation, 

Summer Theatre Workshop
Our summer theatre workshop ventured into the realm of masks, costumes and puppets, exploring the expressive power of these captivating characters. Participants created small puppet scenes, performing them for the group and engaging in meaningful discussions about their feelings and experiences.

The summer season was filled with joy, creativity, and personal growth as we celebrated a range of events and programs. We express our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who contributed to the success of these endeavours, including our dedicated staff, volunteers, and supporters. As we bid farewell to summer, let’s carry the memories and lessons learned into the future, continuing to embrace our feelings through art. 



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