Mosaic Marathon with SAMA

Today is the first day of the Mosaic Marathon project at the SAMA annual conference! SMSC students joined in to help create a beautiful work of art for our main entry way!

SAMA Mosaic build

 

Tim Conaway

A dreamscape of possibilities . . . will you consider a year end gift?

                        A dreamscape of possibilities . . .

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Tim Conaway at work.

 

Dear Friends,

As an artist and a visionary . . . Tim Conaway has an amazing talent to share. By merely turning pages in the atlas he carries, Tim takes us on a journey as he travels the world through his visionary-art–of-possibilities. From Kentucky to Alaska, Norway to Madagascar, Tim’s beautiful landscapes are drawn from his unique autistic point of view, in a style that he refers to as “dreamscapes”.

 

Using colored pencils, Tim prefers to draw valleys and mountains. However this was not always the case. Ever since he was a young boy, Tim has been fascinated with forms of transportation. His father would take him to the airport and rail yard and tell him all about the makes and models of various planes and steam trains. Tim remembered every last detail. He drew steam trains and airplanes with precision. And listed specific facts such as make, model, passenger capacity, and more.

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Norway 2011

Tim has taken a few art classes over the years and was no stranger to the art world. But it wasn’t until he came to St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center that his talent truly evolved. Tim started coming to the Center in 2009 because of Sophie’s Gallery Art Program – an innovative art program that Tim’s family had heard so much about.

While attending St. Madeleine’s, Tim has developed his talent by using other media. His Self Portrait, Guy Lombardo, and Elton John were done using acrylic paint. Additionally, he has ventured away from landscapes on occasion and has drawn areas of St. Madeleine’s campus including our new Gazebo and Sophie’s Vineyard. Tim’s artwork has been on display at the UCLA Geffen School of Medicine, The Museum of Modern Art in Kiev Ukraine, and at Space 4 Art in San Diego.

Tim has also worked in numerous places over the decades including a donut shop, hotel, and restaurant just to name a few. He lives in El Cajon on his own with a roommate and enjoys watching television, visiting with his four siblings, and going to St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center five days a week where he enjoys dancing, recreational activities and, of course, Sophie’s Gallery Art Program.

Celebrating 15 years, Sophie’s Gallery Art Program has been an innovative and unique art curriculum for over 400 adult students with developmental disabilities and has become an active partner in the art community. The art program provides a creative outlet and promotes self-expression. It also builds students’ fine motor skills and provides a way for the students to earn a modest income through the sale of their artwork at public art openings.

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Tim Conaway 2013

We are asking YOU to celebrate our 15th year of Sophie’s Gallery Art Program with a gift of $100 or more.  However, no gift is too small. Every gift matters in the lives of adults with developmental disabilities. Send your gift TODAY in the enclosed envelope or donate online by visiting www.stmsc.org

Thank you in advance for supporting Tim and the other student artists with developmental disabilities who benefit every day from Sophie’s Gallery Art Program at St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center!

Your caring and helpful generosity is greatly appreciated.

 

Warm regards,

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Debra Emerson, MBA

Chief Executive Officer

 

P.S. Will you please consider a gift of $100 or more?  Donations received by December 31, 2014 qualify for a tax deduction. Our Tax ID number is: 95-1957332.

P.P.S. Looking for another way to support the Center? Consider listing St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center as a beneficiary in your estate plan, retirement account, or insurance policy. Contact Kellye Buchanan, Donor Relations Officer, at (619) 442-5129 ext. 332 for more information, or visit us online at www.smsclegacy.org. If you’ve already put us in your estate plan, please let us know so we can recognize your caring generosity as a member of our Legacy Circle.

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THANK YOU to Knights of Columbus

knights5000Early last week, St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center welcomed Sam Safino and TJ Pluff from the Thomas B. Austin Knights of Columbus, Council 4958. Sam and TJ were the bearers of great news as they brought a donation in the amount of $5,000 from the Austin Knights Club.

The Knights of Columbus began thanks to the efforts of Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven and some parishioners, the Connecticut state legislature on March 29, 1882. Officially chartered the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal benefit society. The Order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity, and fraternity.

The Knights was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families.  Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief, and public relief works.

The history of the Order shows how the foresight of Father McGivney (whose cause for sainthood is being investigated by the Vatican) brought about what has become the world’s foremost Catholic fraternal benefit society. The Order has helped families obtain economic security and stability through its life insurance, annuity and long-term care programs, and has contributed time and energy worldwide to service in communities.

The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to more than 14,000 councils to 1.8 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, The Virgin Islands, Cuba, Guatemala, Guam, and Saipan.

St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center would like to express our sincere gratitude for the caring generosity and ongoing support of the Knights of Columbus, Council 4958.

Volunteers are painting a bright future…

In December, Lea Davis, the Human Resources Manager at Triumph Fabrications-San Diego reached out to St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center (SMSC). Triumph Fabrications is a local manufacturer of complex aerospace components.  Mrs. Davis explained that Triumph Group, Inc. encourages each of their individual companies to contribute to and support their local communities. This year, SMSC was chosen as the beneficiary of the Triumph Fabrications – San Diego’s service project.

When asked how St. Madeleine’s was chosen, Mrs. Davis explained that SMSC was nominated by one of Triumph Fabrications – San Diego’s employees and Mrs. Davis said she often sees our buses around her neighborhood picking up students.  After touring the Center, Triumph Fabrications – San Diego’s Community Project Assessment Team selected several projects that would enhance the campus for our students. The first was to repaint our multipurpose room.

On February 8th, twelve Triumph Fabrications staff arrived at 7:00 am with all the equipment and skills necessary to repaint our 2,700 square foot multipurpose space. In less than 5 hours, the entire project was completed; this included the walls washed, tape along the door way removed, and furniture returned to its area.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Triumph Fabrications- San Diego team and to Mrs. Davis for her efforts in coordinating this event.  Their generous gift of staff time, talent, and materials saved St. Madeleine’s thousands of dollars and that was just the beginning. The group expects to return this month to start beautifying a garden space that will include a water fountain and pergola.

If you have any interest in volunteering, or know of someone who might want to volunteer his/her time to complete a project at St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, please contact Jessica Dolliver, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator at jdolliver@stmsc.org or 619-442-5129 ext. 333.

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new website

New Website

Welcome to our newly redesigned website!

We hope that you will be able to easily find what you are looking for and will enjoy looking at all of the programs and news that we have available. If you have any questions or concerns about the new website, contact nfullerton@stmsc.org