Saturday, June 19, 2004

Art professionals to guide amateurs at park gathering

Good Things Happening

Allen Howard

If you ever wanted to dabble in painting with professional artists looking on, here is your chance.

A dozen or so local artists will conduct a Cincinnati Drawn Together program from noon to 5 p.m. today in Washington Park, Over-the-Rhine.

The event includes artists working with children and adults who would like to try their hand at painting.

"If people want to bring a picture from home, we will do a painting of it at no cost,'' said Galen Bailey, an artist from Hyde Park.

Galen Bailey works on a caricature of Christian Hawkins in Over-the-Rhine's Washington Park, site of today's Cincinnati Drawn Together art event. Bailey will among the participating artists.
THOMAS E. WITTE/for the Enquirer
"We really want to work with children who have an interest in art. We will work with them to paint something and talk with them about the trade.''

Bailey said the event is a way of bringing communities and people together under a common bond.

"I think we can reach out to each other and establish something that will bring us together,'' he said.

The event is free to the public. Food will be provided by JTM and GKL Vending. Ollie's Trolley will prepare the food.

Other artists include Tad Barney, Melvin Hewitt, Howard Heaton, John Paden, Heather Vance, Eddie Sun, Jenee Moore, DeAndere Graham, Alex Cipa, Sara Bellamy, Tommy Toones and former Enquirer cartoonist Jerry Dowling.

Peace award

Six people will receive the Peace of the City Award Thursday during a dinner at the Hyatt Regency at 7 p.m.

Recipients are Richard and his late wife, Marcia Weiland; Ross and Cheryl Love; Don and Jennifer Mooney.

Richard Weiland, a member of more than 35 community boards, is known for his service to philanthropies in the Jewish and general communities. Mrs. Weiland taught acting and speech at the University of Cincinnati and Xavier University and acted at the Playhouse in the Park.

Ross and Cheryl Love, through a family foundation have committed a million dollars to the United Way.

Don and Jennifer Mooney are known for their professional and volunteer contributions.

The dinner is sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati.

For more information, call 985-1500.

Wellness donation

A $35,000 donation the Wellness Community received from the Cincinnati Horticultural Society will be used to fund support groups for an entire year, said Rick Bryan, executive director of the Wellness Community.

The check was presented by Robert Maddux, chairman of the board of the society, at the Opening Night Gala for the flower show last week.

April Davidow, Wellness Community founding board member, and Susan Robinson, Opening Night Gala co-chair, accepted the check.

"We look forward to continuing our philanthropy in support of great causes in the future,'' Maddux said.

Outreach program added

Visiting Angels has added a volunteer outreach program to its services as the agency celebrates a one-year anniversary of living assistance for seniors in Hamilton, Clermont, Butler and Warren counties.

Through its regular services, the group has supported more than 100 families, providing seniors with the skills and assistance they needed to remain in the comfort of their own homes and in control of their lives.

Visiting Angels, with headquarters in Roselawn, was founded a year ago by Shannon Garfunkel, who serves as its director.

Garfunkel said the organization is adding the outreach volunteer program because the agency has been successful and that a lot of patients need services but cannot afford them.

She said caregivers have volunteered through local hospitals for those patients who cannot afford them.

"We hope that by giving through the hospitals, we can alleviate stress for local families, as well as show our appreciation to the hospitals for the amazing work they do day in and day out for the members of our community," Garfunkel said.

Garfunkel said working families have less time to spend caring for their aging parents.

Visiting Angels helps to solve that crisis by providing nonmedical senior care in the home, she said.

Hospitals have been notified that Visiting Angels will volunteer eight hours eight regional hospitals to offer services through the outreach volunteer program. This could mean just being a companion to an elderly person.

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