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Participants at Trinity Living Center branch out with their art

By Mark Wineka
mark.wineka@salisburypost.com

SALISBURY — If you go by Mean Mug on North Main Street Tuesday between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., you might see a group of folks immersed in an art class.

They will be participants from the Trinity Living Center, an adult day service headquartered at 1416 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.

Over the past month, since National Adult Day Services Week in September, many places in Salisbury have been displaying artwork produced by the folks attending Trinity Living Center regularly.

“National Adult Day Services was just not a week,” said Andrea Moore, life enrichment coordinator for Trinity Living Center, a Rowan County United Way agency. “It is an ongoing celebration, and the community is helping us celebrate in a big way.”

In September, Rowan Museum devoted space to the history of adult day services and how Trinity Living Center came to be. Moore said it also was great to see quilts on display that had been made by some of the Trinity Living Center participants back in the 1980s.

Moore and others then approached several Salisbury businesses and the Rowan Public Library about possibly hanging some of the Trinity Living Center participants’ artwork at their locations.

The businesses include Ralph Baker Shoes, Abigail’s, L.A. Murph’s, Blue Bay and Danny Correll’s All-State Insurance office

“They all happily agreed,”Moore said. “And it didn’t stop there. The Salisbury Customer Service Center agreed to display our art, tour our facility, and the staff there has been volunteering ever since.”

The Customer Service Center is located across from Trinity Living Center.

Moore also contacted Evelyn Medina, owner of Mean Mug, about possibly displaying some Trinity Living Center art.

“We had a meeting,” Moore said, “and before I knew it, she offered to have a painting class with our participants at Mean Mug, where she offered free lunches and 25 percent of her proceeds for the day.”

Medina also contacted the Center for Faith & the Arts, and that non-profit organization offered to provide an instructor and materials for a class. Art also will be on display and for sale, with proceeds going to more art classes for Trinity Living Center participants.

“It’s been really great,” Moore said, inviting the public to stop by Mean Mug Tuesday to meet and support the artists, who often have volunteer instructors back at the center.

Some of the painting and crafts participants at Trinity Living include Barry McKnight, Carolyn Polisky, Charlie White, Dennis Eaborn, Elsie Pitman, Joe Davis, Kenesha Johnston, Ruth Hall, Sheila Hunsucker, Rosa Pruett, Margaret Fesperman, Gina Miller, Genny Reed, Doris Dixon, Clifford Shuping and Emily Sue Kirkland.

Contact Mark Wineka at 704-797-4263.

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