We celebrated Christmas in July...
- Category: News
- Published: Wed. Oct 9, 2019
… and now we will show the results of this celebration at the Shriner’s Feztival of Trees in November.
We will be competing in the Shriner’s Feztival of Trees in November. Our tree is named “The Artful Tree”. Mr Carl Monico (with the help of Linda Jones) donated Christmas Ornaments to OAI). Mike Jones, brother of Linda Jones donated $100.00 to OAI to purchase a train and tracks to be on display circling the tree during the festival. Members have taken ornaments home to paint – these finished ornaments must be returned – October 16 (Fun Shop) and October 23 (dinner program).
It was a fun-filled day spent with friends July 24th of 2019! Check out the photographs taken by Katie John-son showing the artists painting extraordinary ornaments and enjoying the day! We met in the family center at the Lutheran Church of the Master… There was no charge for this enjoyable day - OAI PROVIDED a free lunch that was catered by Olive Garden Restaurant, 2 pastas – 2 sauces and 3 meats, bread sticks AND salad! Brownies and lemon bars were donated by Shirley Schmidt and Katie Johnson.
In conjunction with the ornament painting, we held an artists garage sale. There was a plethora of art supplies donated by the family of the late Joy and Roy Long to be sold at our garage sale as well as those who sold their own art supplies – artists were able to keep money from their sold items or donate the proceeds to Omaha Artists Inc. There were books left over – It was decided to donate books to OPS - these books were donated to the William Jennings Bryan School in Bellevue, NE to be used in the school and students were given the choice of books for their very own in hopes of a future artist emerging because of this gift. The tapes were donated to the Public Library as the schools preferred the books.
We should be so proud of ourselves for the good we give and do for the community. Doesn’t it warm your heart to know this group of artists spreads joy to others – a gift on the Meals on Wheels dinner trays, art supply donations to the Lied Transplant Center’s Life Care Center (those awaiting transplants), art classes to ESL Students (at no charge), donation to flood victims and now our donation of a decorated tree (one of 70 trees) with monies to benefit the Tangier Shrine Center.
Doesn’t it make you proud to be a member of Omaha Artists Inc?