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Work Activity Center offers Utah adults with disabilities an opportunity for creativity

Estimated learning time: 2-3 minutes

WEST VALLEY CITY – To become excellent at something, you must observe.

So many.

“I started when I was a little girl,” Katelyn Pugmire said as she once put the finishing touches on a horse portrait. “I start with a line.”

The artwork that Pugmire has painted over the years is displayed in the paintings. A lot of it.

“I don’t know. It just became a natural talent,” she said.

For her, it is more the act of representing, rather than the result, that is really special.

Katelyn Pugmire paints at the West Valley Work Activity Centre.  It's a place where any adult living with a disability can do activities and have fun with others.
Katelyn Pugmire paints at the West Valley Professional Activities Center. It’s a place for any adult living with an inability to do things and have fun with others. (Photo: Mark Wetzel, KSL-TV)

“Sometimes even when I’m listening to music while I’m working, it expands an inspiration and just lets me drift,” she said. “It develops my imagination.”

Pugmire once portrayed his image at the Work Activity Center in West Valley City. It’s a place for any adult living with an inability to do things and have fun with others.

About 80 other people participate in several actions like painting, dancing, puzzles and more. Some of the artwork done by other people in the ingenious arts program is amazing.

“For people who don’t have a good vocabulary or great vocal ability, it’s important to be able to express their feelings, their emotions, their wants, their needs,” said Shannon Fournier, director of strategic development. for the Center of Work Activities. “Especially some of those deeper feelings that are hard to express even in words, they are able to put them on canvas or on paper.”

For example, a picture in the room shows a dry lake bed with a useless tree in the heart.

Katelyn Pugmire paints at the West Valley Work Activity Centre.  It's a place where any adult living with a disability can do activities and have fun with others.
Katelyn Pugmire paints at the West Valley Professional Activities Center. It’s a place for any adult living with an inability to do things and have fun with others. (Photo: Mark Wetzel, KSL-TV)

This artist sought to clarify his ideas about the local weather trade.

“It’s kind of scary and that’s exactly what it says,” Fournier said looking at the photo.

This portrait, and the others, will be featured next week at an art exhibit to help fund the ingenious arts program. The annual “Expressions of Us” art exhibit will likely take place at the Viridian Center in western Jordan on Tuesday, August 30, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The work activity center is driven by donations and fundraising to pay for artwork provided for its ingenious arts program.

“We like to buy quality products so that our customers can use quality products,” said Fournier.

For Pugmire, she says she is happy to do her part to ensure the continuation of this program. Her horse portrait is believed to be one of the few objects she painted for this exhibition and art sale.

“Yes, those are my babies,” she said with a smile. “It’s a good way to say, ‘This is what I can do. Please allow me to show you more.

All that we observe had nothing to do with it.

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