Members of Quadco’s joint administrative and non-profit board saw sunflowers, sailing ships, butterflies, stars and more as part of their tour of the new art club program at the center.
As they began their regular monthly meeting on Thursday (Aug. 28), Quadco Executive Director Bruce Abell led the way to the area where people at Quadco are making all kinds of artistic creations.
“This is a place where people at Quadco can express themselves using their artistic talents,” he told the board members. “It’s an area where they can use their creativity both for their own enjoyment and as a way to express their innermost thoughts and dreams,” he said.
He introduced Training Specialist Bobbi Schlosser, who has been working with members of Quadco’s new art club as they learn about different kinds of media.
She showed the board examples of paintings the members have done recently for use outside the Stryker building that she called “garden art.” Scenes of flowers and butterflies painted by the members on slate tiles will soon be hanging on outside walls as a welcome to people as they enter the building.
She said members of the club have used items with different textures to create scenes that include sunflowers, sunshine and grass and tried different painting strokes to create seaside paintings.
Schlosser, who is well known in the area for her own artistic creations and is president of the Black Swamp Art Guild, said she uses aromatherapy and soothing music to help relax and inspire the members as they work on projects in the club.
She said there are three to four groups who meet in sessions that are held twice a week. “The people in the club have so much talent,” Schlosser told the board members, “and I’m blessed being able to share my talents with them.”
Program Director Philip Zuver said the participants in the employee council at Northwest Products recently took a survey of activities they enjoy and reported that they like taking field trips.
He said a group from the Archbold building recently took a trip to Fossil Park in Sylvania and all of them brought back some fossils they mined from limestone at the 5-acre accessible park.
People from the Stryker building recently went to Camp Palmer according to Stryker Facility Manager Jessica Douglass. A naturalist at the 4-H camp showed the group a number of wild animals, including a possum, turtle and a large snake. Some tried their hands at using a primitive sling and others went fishing at the lake.
She said that participants at a recent employee council meeting at the Stryker building worked on plans for an upcoming Halloween party. She told the board members how the members are planning to decorate the former bus barn for the party and dance.
Mr. Abell updated the board members with a report that the transportation program for Williams County is showing more progress. He said transportation staff members have been working with company officials on the implementation of a logistics system for the program that includes installation and operation of communication devices in each of the vehicles.
The Quadco board members accepted the 2013 joint board calendar that includes the dates of meetings and holidays observed at the center.