MIDDLETOWN – After three weeks of drawing, painting, sculpting and crafting, the young artists of Camp Jinka are inviting everyone to come see the fruits of their labors at the Middletown Arts Center.
The 2014 C3 Art Exhibition, featuring the creations by children, teens and adults associated with the camp for youth impacted by brain tumors, will be presented inside the center’s first floor art gallery from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, at the 36 Church St. center. The opening reception and exhibit starts at 5:30 p.m. with the program to begin at 6:30 p.m.
The original artwork, crafted over three weeks in July as part of Camp Jinka’s Art is Good workshops, will be displayed in the gallery. The children and teenagers, many are survivors of brain tumors or have been impacted by a close family member’s brain cancer, used a variety of traditional and non-traditional art materials in crafting their creations.
C3, an acronym coined by Camp Jinka founder Judy Zocchi, stands for “Connect, Create, Collaborate,” the slogan used in the Art is Good workshops, overseen by Tim Kelly, a New York City-based artist.
Camp Jinka, a free summer program, offers indoor and outdoor activities and encourages expression and connections between the campers.
The camp, held each year in July, came about through collaboration between the David S. Zocchi Brain Tumor Center, The Jinka Foundation, the Middletown Arts Center and Poricy Park, also in Middletown.
Judy Zocchi, the widow of David S. Zocchi, was the driving force behind the opening of the center at Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch. In addition, she has created and raised the funds to offer the Family Initiative, a series of support programs for brain tumor patients, caregivers and their families free of charge.
David S. Zocchi died in 2005 due to a brain tumor.