Local Artists Paint Treasure Boxes for Hospitalized Children
The Heart of Pinellas Decorative Artists (HPDA) organized a workshop to paint treasure boxes for children hospitalized at the Shriners' Hospital in Tampa. On June 5th, HPDA members and their favorite young people gathered at St. Dunsten's Church in Largo to paint the boxes that are given to patients during their hospital stay. Patients use the boxes to store their cards and personal "treasures". A number of members brought their children, grandchildren, and neighbors who learned new painting skills while helping create these unique gifts. The children used a variety of cut vegetables dipped in paint to create the designs for their boxes. The project was taught by Jacki Gehring, a member of the group.
The HPDA has over 100 members who meet on the second Saturday of the month for painting workshops and seminars. In addition to developing their painting skills in acrylics, watercolor, oil, and other mediums, club members are active in community service projects. In addition to the Shriners' Hospital, they have supported the SPCA, St. Giles food pantry, and Habitat for Humanity. HPDA also encourages art education and regularly hosts "learn to paint" seminars at local libraries for people interested in exploring the world of decorative art.
Members of the HPDA invite anyone who has an interest to visit their website at www.hpdafl.com, email the club at email@example.com, contact President Chris Wolfe at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (727) 541-3240 for more information.
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