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    Empowering Survivors of Domestic Abuse
    By Renée Phillips 

    Snail's Pace, photograph, size varies.
    Artwork is copyright protected by the artist. All rights reserved.
    Do not reproduce without the artist's permission.


    Phyllis Walker is an enthusiastic photographer and founder of Esperanza! A Woman's Hope http://www.esperanza-awomanshope.org, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides scholarships to battered women who are returning to school for job skills upgrade. Additional programs and services are being developed to improve the socio-economic well being of survivors and their children.

    According to its mission statement: "As a public charity, committed toward serving Georgia’s under served battered women, our mission is “empowerment through educational opportunity for survivors of domestic violence” (i.e. partner abuse). We are pro-active, community oriented and presently serve traditional, minority, Hispanic, and multi-cultural populations, including women disabled from domestic abuse in the state of Georgia."

    Phyllis Walker is also an inspiring speaker at events and exhibitions on topics encompassing “Resilience”, “Overcoming Adversity” and “The Healing Power of Photography.”

    On behalf of her organization and her personal involvement with domestic violence awareness and prevention, she received a “Making a Difference for Women” award from Soroptimist International of Atlanta and was a “Turknett Leadership Character Award” nominee.

    Crowning Glory, photograph, size varies.
    Artwork is copyright protected by the artist. All rights reserved.
    Do not reproduce without the artist's permission.

    After undergoing eye surgery to salvage a massive detached retina, Phyllis embraced photography as a medium of artistic expression and self-empowerment in overcoming personal adversity. She says, “I imbue each photograph with silent prayers of gratitude for the miraculous gift of vision!”

    She invites viewers to share her close up encounters with Nature, where the magical world of butterflies, flowers, and autumn leaves… the seaside, desert and forest are revealed. With her vintage 35mm camera and macro lens Phyllis aims to take photographs that “Inspire the Spirit and Refresh the Soul.” She has stated, "I named my business Hummingbird Studios for the spiritual significance of these dazzling creatures in my life!"

    Gift from the Sea, photograph, size varies.
    Artwork is copyright protected by the artist. All rights reserved.
    Do not reproduce without the artist's permission.

    The beautifully matted and framed prints that comprise her "Hummingbird Studios" collection www.hummingbird-studios.comand www.facebook.com/HummingbirdStudiosPhotographyhave found their way into many personal collections. Every purchase made from the collection directly benefits a worthwhile cause. Hummingbird Studios offers, "Matted and framed prints for home decor, office accents, and all occasion gifts. Various sizes, reasonably priced, quick turn-around backed by a 30-day return guarantee"

    Phyllis Walker is a remarkable woman who has merged photography, speaking, advocacy and entrepreneurship to empower battered women and make a positive difference in the world.

    You can view more of her photographs on the Manhattan Arts International online gallery

    Visit Esperanza! A Woman's Hope website http://www.esperanza-awomanshope.org 

    Visit Hummingbird Studios Photography website www.hummingbird-studios.com

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    Art about time in relation to memory and personal history...

    Third Moon, carved and painted wood with aluminum leaf and encaustic, 7ft. x 7ft. x 1ft., 2011. Artwork is copyright protected by the artist. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without the artist's permission.

    Artist, Educator and Author

    Having recently learned about Nancy Azara's upcoming exhibition in Italy, I invited her to be the Featured Artist on our Healing Power of ART blog. You are in for a special treat! Nancy is an artist who has always been, "making a spiritual practice of making art". Those words in fact comprise the subtitle of her book "Spirit Taking Form", which I highly recommend. (Read details about the book below.)

    Leonie Bradbury, Curator of the Montserrat College of Art Gallery in Beverly, Massachusetts describes Nancy Azara's collages as “mixed media collage drawings seamlessly combining a contemporary printmaker’s aesthetic with organic mark making.”

    Nancy Azara (www.nancyazara.com) is an acclaimed artist, educator and author, who has exhibited her sculpture and collages in New York City, throughout the United States, and abroad. Her work was shown at the Andre Zarre Gallery, Donahue/Sosinski Art and A.I.R. Gallery in New York City, NY. She has also exhibited at the Froelick Gallery, Portland, Oregon, the SACI Gallery, Florence, Italy, and the Tweed Museum in Duluth, Minnesota, and the traveling Rutger’s University exhibition "How American Women Artists Invented Post-Modernism". She was the featured sculptor at the SANYI Museum in Taiwan in 2008.

    She was a founder of the New York Feminist Art Institute (NYFAI) in 1979, where she was on the board and taught a workshop called “Consciousness Raising, Visual Diaries, Art Making” for many years.

    Her work is carved, assembled and painted wood often gilded with gold and silver leaf and encaustic as well as mixed media collages. Her mixed media collages, mylar, paper, paint and sometimes wood chips, are about time in relation to memory and personal history.

    Nancy Azara Explains Her Process

    I frequently use grape leaves, fig leaves, hickory leaves, ferns. They all serve as metaphors for a part of my 'self' in the context of my place in the world and the relationship of that place as regards other living things.

    Leaf Vision, rubbings and collage,
    oil pastel, paint, pencil on mylar,
    91” x 37", 2011. Artwork is copyright
    protected by the artist.
    All rights reserved. Do not reproduce
    without the artist's permission.

    Visual art, such as painting and sculpture, has its own kind of language. It reaches us in a way that words cannot, for words cannot be literally translated into visual form. Art is not only the pictorial description of something beautiful. Art is a visual description in a language of shape, color and form, presenting the viewer with a dialogue different from that found in words. It is a graphic manifestation of the way we think and feel.

    The rubbings and tracings bring forth ancient forms of art not often used in artmaking today...

    I have been carving trees for a long time. Within the tree I find a metaphor for myself and a communication with an other whose presence is part of magic and mystery.

    Several years ago I began to make scroll/rubbing/collages during various residencies. Because they are easily transportable, have a “human-sized” presence, and can evoke the tree. I have made several series of them.

    Each work is rubbed, traced, painted, cut-out, glued and collaged. The rubbings and tracings bring forth ancient forms of art not often used in artmaking today, yet I feel they are able to portray the “essence” of an object in a way that nothing else can.

    Rhododendron with Citrus Leaves, rubbings and collage, oil pastel, paint, pencil on mylar, 37 x 57”, 2012. Artwork is copyright protected by the artist. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without the artist's permission.

    My process begins when I place a carved mahogany luan woodcut plate under a sheet of semi-opaque mylar. Mylar is a type of sheer plastic often used by architects and artists. It has a tough skin-like quality and feels to me close to a “skin” shield or “thought covering” behind which I develop a luminescent spirit. When viewed, it becomes like a veil in front of an unknown light source.

    Some of the objects I frequently rub, trace and cut out are shapes of leaves and trees, hands, feet, or other parts of my body. I rub the first layer and then adorn it and make more rubbings and some tracings with a second and third layer on parts or sections of the work. The cutouts and tracings are glued.

    I frequently use grape leaves, fig leaves, hickory leaves, ferns. They all serve as metaphors for a part of my “self” in the context of my place in the world and the relationship of that place as regards other living things. Often I entwine my hands with the leaves and add additional markings from other woodcuts to translate a tactile sense onto a flat surface – to experience the “nature” of the tree and its leaves and my own body’s interaction with it. These components of my pieces serve as markers of my journey through life.

    Nancy Azara's Exhibition in Florence, Italy

    Nancy will be exhibiting a selection of 20 works, scroll rubbings and collages from over the last few years (2010 through 2012), February 14th to March 9th, 2013 at the SACI Gallery on Via San Antonio in Florence, Italy. A reception will take place February 14th. "While in Italy I will be staying for the month at a residency in Greve in Chianti, La Macina di San Cresci, where I will be continuing this series." The exhibition is titled “Of Leaves and vines . . . A shifting braid of lines” from a poem by Margaret Sheffield, will also include small paintings, studies with encaustic.

    To learn more about Nancy's exhibition click here.

    Her book, Spirit Taking Form, is a Classic


    Nancy Azara's book, Spirit Taking Form, Making a Spiritual Practice of Making Art, which discusses her ideas on art, healing and spirit, is now a classic.

    About the book, the renowned sculptor Louise Bougeois stated: "This book... will help you know your deeper self and needs... to find your place in the world and be at peace with yourself and others."

    Nancy says, "My hope is that this book wil give you the insight into the expression of visual language and how it can be applied to yur life as a catalyst for growth, change, and expression."

    This book can be purchased on line at Amazon or through the publisher Red Wheel/Weiser at (978) 465-0504 or by visiting the website.

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  • 12/22/12--16:04: Holiday Wishes For You
  • May the love and light of family and friends shine upon you... may hope and harmony bring warmth to your heart and home... may peace and prosperity spread throughout the world... and may an abundance of good health grow stronger every day in our bodies, minds and spirits

    As we continue to share and Celebrate The Healing Power of Art.
     
    Warmest wishes, 
    Renée Phillips, Manhattan Arts International


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    We believe The Healing Power of ART is undeniable.

    Featured artists:  Miron Abramovici, Benny H.V. Andersson, Teresa Dunwell, Elaine Franz Witten, and Joanne Turney.

    During this time of year our thoughts naturally turn to love, hope, peace, and healing. For many artists, however, these thoughts are daily affirmations. They have devoted their careers to the positive impact art has on others. They express it eloquently through their medium, words and deeds.

    I am proud to present four extraordinary and explemplary artists from the Manhattan Arts International online gallery. We discovered many artists who share our vision through our annual Healing Power of ART juried exhibitions. We look forward to accepting entries for our 2013 exhibition in January.

    We also believe:

    • Art is a natural force that promotes heath and well-being for the creator as well as the viewer.
    • When Artists create healing art they not only experience a healing process for themselves, their art has a healing impact on viewers, and the earth.
    • Art can affect a person’s physiology impacting brain wave patterns and the nervous system.
    ... And more. Please also read "What We Believe."


    Benny H.V. Andersson - Visual Prayers
    
    Bridge over Infinity, acrylic on canvas, 24” x 30”. Artwork is copyright protected by the artist. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without the artist's permission.

    Benny H.V. Andersson http://artofandersson53.wordpress.com was born and educated in Sweden and moved to the United States in 1980. His art is often described as visionary, spiritual, surreal, fantasy realism with uplifting healing elements. For this reason he has won several Awards of Excellence in the Manhattan Arts International “Celebrate The Healing Power of ART” juried exhibitions.

    “A big part of my art is about exploring thoughts and inspirations of existential nature. It is also about the interaction and harmony of two worlds, the spiritual world and the physical world. At times I relate to my paintings as visual prayers and poems. Each painting is sometimes like a soul searching journey in itself, a journey that many times is shared by viewers as well."

    Elaine Franz Witten - Love of Nature

    Cormorant, bronze on VT granite base, 19" x 15" x 13". Artwork is copyright protected by the artist. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without the artist's permission.

    Elaine Franz Witten www.elainefranzwitten.com chose bronze as her medium because it is the material best suited for her work, which favors open forms that incorporate movement and negative space. Her primary focus is to distill the chosen subject matter into its ultimate expressive synthesis of beautiful form, gesture and spirits.

    "I live close to nature in Vermont. My roots of inspiration are my life long love of nature, art and music." The human figure, animals, birds and antique musical instruments make up the body of her work. She teaches sculpture workshops at the Southern Vermont Art Center in Manchester, VT, and gives lectures on the lost-wax method of creating bronze sculpture incorporating a CD she produced about bronze casting.

    Miron Abramovici - Uncovering Hidden Beauty

    
    Beyond, photograph, 16" x 24". Artwork is copyright protected by the artist. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without the artist's permission.

    Miron Abramovici, http://mironab.redbubble.com states, "I love to discover the world through the eye of the camera, to see its hidden beauty or unusual features of 'ordinary' things."

    The artist also uses art to help the less fortunate. He is a volunteer photographer for the Special Olympics – an organization dedicated to helping people with intellectual disabilities to succeed in life by involving them in sport activities – and for Flashes of Hope – an organization dedicated to creating powerful, uplifting portraits of children fighting cancer and other life threatening illnesses. His current project is documenting the life of people with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other mental disabilities.

    Teresa Dunwell - A Transcendant Process


    Another Angel Gets Its Wings, veiled oil on masonite, 30" x 26". Artwork is copyright protected by the artist. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without the artist's permission.

    Teresa Dunwell www.livingworksstudio.com embraces a very transparent “glazing technique” which she calls “veiled oil”. This allows Teresa to create transparent applications of color, 15-20 layers of very thin glazes.

    She states, "I take particular delight in looking at life from a unique unseen perspective. The making of art for me has been about discovering a soulful language to express the unseen. The Renaissance technique of the multi-layered glazed oil has allowed me to translate and express those worlds. They say art is in 'the eye of the beholder'. I hope to engage the viewer to feel between the veils of what they see and wholeheartedly dive into the fullness and majesty of who they are through this transcendant process in my teaching and painting."

    Joanne Turney - "The Art of Healing" Series

    
    Home Free, acrylic on canvas, 48" x 36", from her "The Art of Healing" series. Artwork is copyright protected by the artist. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without the artist's permission.

    Joanne Turney http://www.manhattanarts.com/Gallery/Joanne-Turney.htm is a painter and author of "The Art of Joyful Aging. She has traveled extensively through the world. When she lived on the Costa Del Sol in Spain the passion and colors of that land and its people inspired her exuberant abstract paintings. She currently lives in New York, NY and Washington, DC.

    "I approach my work with feelings of reverence and gratitude, since it is art that provides me with the gift and opportunity to explore the mysteries of life." "The Art of Healing" is Joanne's poignant series of thirteen paintings that depict the emotional stages of her battle against and recovery from breast cancer. They encapsulate the universal feelings associated with loss, suffering, fear, faith, hope and healing.” They have been featured in exhibitions until they find the appropriate permanent home for public viewing.

    Vist the artists' websites that are provided here to view more of their work.

    Visit the Manhattan Arts International online gallery to view their work and the work of all members.

    Read What We Believe about The Healing Power of ART. 


    Happy Holidays... May the love and light of family and friends shine upon you... may hope and harmony bring warmth to your heart and home... may peace and prosperity spread throughout the world... and may an abundance of good health grow stronger every day in our bodies, minds and spirits.

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    Photographer Elaine Poggi Brings Healing Art Where it is Most Needed

    Shown here is an installation of photographs in Don Gnocchi Rehabilitation Hospital.

    We have all had the unfortunate experience at least once of visiting friends and loved ones in hospitals only to find them sitting in dreary rooms. Thanks to Elaine Poggi, a photographer from Florence, Italy, patients’ lives have significantly improved since she founded The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals.

    She shares the guiding principle of the Foundation, “We believe that beautiful nature images can help heal the soul, which in turn helps heal the body.”

    Photograph by Elaine Poggi. Artwork is copyright protected by the artist. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without the artist's permission.


    In 2002, after the loss of her mother, Elaine turned her personal tragedy into a worldwide campaign. Her non- profit, publicly-supported organization is dedicated to placing colorful, soothing photographs of nature in hospitals to give comfort and hope to patients and their families, visitors and caregivers.

    The artist is well aware of the healing power of art and observes, “White, cold, sterile walls exemplify the traditional hospital setting, where stress, pain, fear and loneliness abound. Staring at these walls is boring and depressing. Studies show that nature art has a beneficial effect on relieving a patient’s stress and anxiety. The mood changes when our beautiful nature photos are placed on the walls, providing color, comfort, and hope to patients, caregivers, and loved ones.”

    Photo dedication, at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville, TN, in honor of Christine Jones and Nancy Dennis.

    The vision of the Foundation is, “To create a shift in the way people view hospitals, from cold and sterile to warm and welcoming. The photographs are intended to provide color and an atmosphere of compassion where healing is encouraged.”

    During the past decade Elaine has placed over 3,000 of her own nature photos plus photos from contributing photographers in over 200 hospitals on six continents. Subjects range from tropical beaches to Japanese cherry blossoms to the Tuscan hills.

    Photograph by Elaine Poggi. Artwork is copyright protected by the artist. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without the artist's permission.

    The foundation's Web site www.HealingPhotoArt.org contains a display of art work and photographs taken inside hospitals in addition to letters of gratitude from numerous hospital staff members. They reveal how the art has transformed their spaces from sadness to peace, comfort, and positive aid in the recuperation process.

    Elaine welcomes other photographers from around the world to participate in the program. Submission details are provided on the Web site.

    The nonprofit Foundation seeks funding to cover printing, framing, and shipping expenses so that the cost to hospitals is minimal or none at all.

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    Exploring Feelings Through Still Life
    By Renée Phillips

    Butterfly and Balast, oil on canvas, 36" x 48". Artwork is copyright protected by the artist. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without the artist's permission.

    "Creating art has been a healing force in both my own and my clients’ lives."

    Sarah Canfield is an artist from West Orange, New Jersey, recognized for her realistic and symbolic paintings of butterflies and glass objects that often express the theme of transformation. She has a BFA in painting, cum laude, and a Masters degree in art therapy.

    "Creating beauty out of suffering is one of the most powerful purposes for art,” Sarah states, referring to her extensive background as an art therapist. She learned firsthand about the relationship between art and healing.

    Art is an important instrument for healing. 

    Departed, pastel, 30" x 44". Artwork is copyright protected by the artist. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without the artist's permission.

    “As I worked with older adults in a mental health program, themes of physical and emotional losses often took physical form in my clients’ art through images, such as a lone, fragile figure or tree. Chaotic and intense images frequently emerged in art therapy when working with clients who experienced physical and emotional traumas. I believe that trauma can become a catalyst for new growth and creativity."

    She adds, “Creating art has been a healing force in both my own and my clients’ lives. When I started out practicing art therapy I didn’t realize how much I would come to learn about how my own process as an artist would enhance my work with clients.”

    Now, the full-time artist states, "My goal is to invite my viewers to see reality in a different and unexpected way."

    Butterflies represent her theme of transformation. 

    Two Sides, oil on canvas, 52" x 38". Artwork is copyright protected by the artist. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without the artist's permission.

    "I use rich color and enlarge my subjects to many times their actual size so the paintings seem even more real than they are in life. Butterflies represent a theme of transformation that started with an earlier painting I created called 'Chrysalis'. It reminded me of the shape and form of butterflies' wings and gave birth to this new series."

    Sarah's personal vision adds fascination and dimension to her paintings. "As the paintings progressed, I discovered that the colors and patterns in their wings contrast the daily objects of my life including electrical wires from a fluorescent light and even my living room couch. I use altered angles and perspectives to create a sense of movement and energy in each piece."

    View more of Sarah Canfield's artwork at www.sarahcanfield.com

    She is also a member of the Manhattan Arts International online gallery

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    Relaxing Into Creativity

    By Renée Phillips


    Several years ago Gunilla discovered the principles of Vedic Art, inspired by Indian philosophy.

    Snow and Ice I, metal leaf, pigment, tempera, and metal thread, 12" x 12". Artwork is copyright protected by the artist. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without the artist's permission.

    Gunilla Löfgren is an artist living in Sweden. She was born in the northwest part of Sweden and some members of her family have Sami ancestors. As the artist explains, entering her art means "discovering an artistic world in which spirit, soul, subconscious and mystery are some of the guides."

    She describes her paintings as abstract, figurative, symbolic and esoteric compositions that rise from her heart and find their own path free of constraints and parameters. Her creativity is mainly focused in seeing, feeling, and exploring the tension, power and passion that live between firmness and dissolution, between structured and creative chaos, stillness and movement, lightness and heaviness.



    Scenery III, metal leaf, pigment, tempera, and metal thread 9.4" x 9.4". Artwork is copyright protected by the artist. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without the artist's permission.

    "To feel the challenge in the visualization, the watching and a wish to see behind, beyond the artistic expression. I think it is about challenging your visualization, re-evaluating, overthrowing, setting the room into rotation and seeing if something new appears and allowing the artistic expression to work outside its known context." 

    Several years ago Gunilla discovered the principles of Vedic Art, inspired by Indian philosophy. As she explains, "Vedic Art is a method, a way. An easygoing and joyful way to approach, taste and maybe also grab a hold of painting. For the one who has already actively painted, Vedic Art provides a possibility to explore deeply, let go of performance and instead relax into the creativity. Let the creativity take care of itself. For the one who has never held a pen or a brush earlier, there is the happy discovery that creativity comes from inside of you."

    Energy: Relax, metal leaf, pigment, tempera, acrylic, and metal thread 35.4" x 27.5".
    Artwork is copyright protected by the artist. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without the artist's permission.  

    She also states, "Vedic Art is not a discipline but a joyful way to approach painting. Following this method artists free themselves from the technical and practical aspect to discover instead new and continuous possibilities aimed at deeply exploring their creativity in an unceasing, profound dialogue between painting and the artist who created it."

    Gunilla has exhibited her art regularly in Sweden since 1995, and also in Italy, Denmark and India. Her art is represented in both public and private collections. She received an Award of Excellence 2008, in the Manhattan International Arts “Celebrate The Healing Power of Art” and a Best in Mixed Media award from Manhattan Arts International in 2010.

    She is a member of The Swedish Artists National Organisation – KRO, Swedish Artists – SvK, Female Artworks of Sweden – FAOS.

    To view more of her work and learn more about her visit her website: www.skatubacken.se

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    Attention All Artists
    At Manhattan Arts International we are now preparing our prospectus and Call for Artists for the 8th Celebrate The Healing Power of ART online juried exhibition. Fifty (50) artists will be selected for the exhibition that will be shown on www.ManhattanArts.com from April 22, 2013 to June 22, 2013. Several artists will receive cash awards and more.

    From our 7th  Celebrate The Healing Power of ART online juried exhibition


    A selection of winners from the 7th Celebrate The Healing Power of ART juried exhibition. Top row: Benny H.V. Andersson, Jill Pankey, and Lea Weinberg. Bottom row: Sibel Sancar, William R. Beebe, and Cyndy Carstens. About our 8th Juried Exhibition,We will be accepting entries in February.

    All Styles and Media
    All subject matter, styles and media, including painting, sculpture, photography, digital art, mixed media, drawing, work on paper, limited edition prints will be accepted. Entry deadline: April 7, 2013.

    Details for how to submit your entries will be announced here soon.

    To learn more about Celebrate The Healing Power of ART 2013 click here.

    Don't forget to subscribe to the Manhattan Arts International Free Email Newsletter so you will be among the first to receive all the details!

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    Featured Artist Andrea Reese

    “I am privileged to uplift people as a portrait photographer and to communicate messages about important social issues.”


    "People and their Senior Pets" is a series of poignant photos of women holding their very elderly pets at the end of their lives. Artwork is copyright protected by the artist. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without the artist's permission.

    Andrea Reese has had a deep fascination with the visual world for as long as she can remember, which in recent years found its home in photography.Prior to becoming a professional photographer Andrea Reese entertained audiences as an opera singer and successful actor and producer in the theater. The Brooklyn, New York artist was also the assistant to Barbara Sher, New York Times best-selling author and motivational speaker.

    Reese has helped hundreds of people achieve their dreams from running Sher’s “Success Teams.”

    She brings her range of experience and gregarious personality to her career as a sought after photographer with keen activist’s vision. Her many pro bono projects have included animal advocacy, women’s rights, children’s welfare and the environment.

    “I love using my photography to support others and raise awareness about important causes."


    Her series "Role Play", shows a married lesbian couple of ten years re-enacting real and imagined scenes from classic films, highlighting their playful connection to each other. Artwork is copyright protected by the artist. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without the artist's permission.


    Reese has photographed stray cats in Brooklyn to bring attention to the public about funds being cut from a spay/neuter program; a walk demonstration across the Brooklyn Bridge hosted by the What Better Looks Like ‘100,000 Voices’ project to bring awareness to sexual violence in the Congo; and lesbian couples, "to highlight their deep connection that often gets lost amid the more sexualized images so frequently in the media."

    Her photographs have been featured in The New York Times, the Daily News and many other publications. In addition to having many individual collectors her numerous business clients include Broadway World, Harlem Pride (as the official photographer for all of their events), DARR Publicity, and NYTheater.com.

    Brent Buell, the New York producer, director, writer and photographer states, “There are only a handful of photographers who are capable of studying a subject and getting to your essence in a photograph. Andrea is one of them.”

    Visit Andrea Reese's web site at www.andreareesephotography.com

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  • 01/26/13--08:31: Using Mandalas in Healthcare
  • Featured Artist P.C. Turczyn 

    P.C. Turczyn is one of the Manhattan Arts International "Celebrate The Healing Power of ART" award-winning artists.


    “Creating work that has a healing effect or improves the quality of care offered by physicians and healers is my way of giving service.”

    "Infinite Surrender" by PC. Turczyn www.pcturczyn.com. Artwork is copyright protected by the artist. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without the artist's permission.

    P.C.Turczyn, an artist from New York, uses a combination of sacred geometry found in nature and colors to provide beautiful art work which appears to “move” when the gaze is softly focused.

    She states, “Ancient teachings and quantum theory teach us that the universe is made up of vibrations consisting of light, sound and information. I believe that everything carries a unique identifying vibration, somewhat like a genetic code. By using geometry as expressed in nature, light, color, rhythm, sound and intention, I imbue my paintings with vibratory codes to in-spire viewers.

    “The circular, mandalic format represents integrity, interconnection and perfection. Each mandala conveys a quality essential to wellbeing: hope, vitality, compassion, unconditional love and creativity, among others. The mandalas are floral because initial Evidence Based Design research indicates that nature motifs have the greatest benefit for hospital patients. Sacred Geometry overlays reveal the order and balance found in nature, a source of comfort and inspiration.”

    "Infinite Compassion", by P.C. Turczyn. www.pcturczyn.com. Artwork is copyright protected by the artist. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without the artist's permission.

    The artist explains, “I created the Infinite Qualities series of floral mandalas in answer to two questions: ‘How can my work benefit the greatest number of people?’ and ‘How can visual art support the healing process?’”

    In pursuit of these inquires one of her floral mandala paintings “Infinite Surrender” was presented at a sound healing retreat by Lisa Miles Jackson, RN, CHHC, CYT. The participants, who included physicians, healers and health counselors, all felt her mandala enhanced their meditation. In this and a subsequent survey, taken at the Omega Institute, participants reported reduced pain, increased relaxation and a sense of connection.

    Turczyn has shared her mandalas and meditations at the MSKCC Brooklyn Infusion Center. She also teaches mandala classes at Omega Institute, New York.

    A wealth of information about art and healing can be found on her blog “Art That Supports The Healing Process.”

    The artist's work has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions in museums, galleries and cultural centers, including the Chelsea Art Museum, New York City, and the Metropolitan Museum and Art Center in Coral Gables, Florida. It has received awards in the Manhattan Arts International “Celebrate The Healing Power of ART” exhibitions. It has been featured on the cover of NY Spirit magazine and has appeared in Spirituality & Health magazine and other magazines.

    To view more of P.C. Turczyn's Art work and learn more about her visit www.pcturczyn.com and www.artthatsupportsthehealingprocess.com

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    We are proud to announce the panel of jurors who will be involved with this year's Manhattan Arts International Celebrate The Healing Power of ART juried exhibition.

    Jill Conner, Art Critic/Writer, Curator, Founder of AS, New York, NY

    Jill Conner is the New York Editor of Whitehot Magazine as well as the Editor of On-Verge | Alternative Art Criticism, a collaboration between the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) and CUE Art Foundation. She is a contributor to Afterimage, ArtUS, Art in America, Interview Magazine, Performance Art Journal and Sculpture Magazine. She has provided editorial assistance to Dorothea Rockburne. She is also a Board Member of AICA.

    As an independent curator, Jill is interested in opening discourse for strong art that has been overlooked. Her upcoming projects include a curated group exhibition at A.I.R. Gallery in Spring 2013 (New York, NY) as well as THAW a group show that will appear at the Dorsky Gallery, in November 2013 (New York, NY). She is the founder of AS | ARTISTS STUDIOS, (http://artists-studios.com) a database of the strongest non-represented art vis-à-vis New York City that seeks to create an online space in which one can view art that is less accessible than art created by represented artists.

    Barbara Markoff, Art Consultant, owner of Artrageous!, Author

    Barbara Markoff is a corporate art consultant based in San Diego, California. Along with husband, Rob Markoff, she owns Artrageous! (www.theartconsultant.biz), an art and framing consulting business established in 1981. Markoff regularly works with business owners, high-level executives, architects, project managers, interior designers, and administrators to develop art programs specifically tailored to their type of business. She offers a full range of services to her clients, including but not limited to Art advisement for selection of artwork to reinforce corporate identity; art procurement; budget and concept development; site-specific commissions; and much more. She conducts seminars on the subject of corporate art sales and networking at the West Coast Art and Frame Expo. She is the author of Becoming A Corporate Art Consultant, The Handbook For Corporate Art Consultation. Many of her articles have been published in Picture Framing Magazine.

    Renée Phillips, Author, Founder/Director, Manhattan Arts International

    Renée Phillips is founder and director of Manhattan Arts International. She is the author of several books including the Artist Success Package, Presentation Power Tools For Fine Artists, Success NOW! For Artists, and several editions of The Complete Guide to New York Art Galleries. She writes for Professional Artist magazine, the Manhattan Arts International Celebrate The Healing Power of ART blog and The Artrepreneur Coach blog. She has organized and curated more than 50 exhibitions in New York, NY in many venues including Lincoln Center. This is the 8th “Celebrate The Healing Power of ART” juried exhibition she has organized. She is a creative advisor and art marketing consultant to artists and creative entrepreneurs worldwide and has presented talks at many art institutions including Art Institute of Chicago, New York Foundation for the Arts, National Arts Club and Marymount Manhattan College. Phillips is also a member of the International Association of Art Critics.

    Jill Pankey, One of the Winners of Celebrate The Healing Power of ART 2012

    Jill Pankey, Into The Light, oil on canvas, 30' x 40". www.JillPankey.com

    Jill Pankey states, "Being a part of "Celebrate the Healing Power of ART" was one of the most rewarding decisions I have ever made. I was proud to be a part of it. I look forward to the next exhibit."

    Learn more about how the awards and how to enter  Celebrate The Healing Power of ART juried exhibition.

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    John Paul Thornton (www.johnpaulthornton.com) is an artist, author, educator and world traveler who lives in Los Angeles, California. His pursuits are as much purpose-driven as they are personally rewarding. He has launched art projects from places as distant as the Tibetan refugee settlements in Nepal. He has staged powerful exhibitions in places that include the historic steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

    In this book John Paul Thornton motivates readers to trust in their creative potential.

    Thornton is also the author of "Art and Courage: Stories to Inspire The Artist-Warrior Within". In this book he motivates readers to trust in their creative potential even in the face of adversity. Everything he does serves his mission: “To reflect the vitality and strength of the human spirit.”

    While teaching art to underprivileged children, he learned that one of his students was reported as “missing.” As a way to honor the families who have endured such a loss, John created a series of paintings depicting the faces of America’s missing children. Numbering in the hundreds, he has brought these missing children paintings to exhibitions in many public installations, most notably on the National Mall in front of the White House, and at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.

    Thornton has created art programs around the world. When the United Nations Foundation funded the “Girls United: Haiti Through Our Eyes” project, he was invited to present art workshops to groups of young women living in Port Au-Prince's tent cities. The program brought a team of artists and educators together to help inspire the Haitian participants to become thoughtful community leaders and bring hope to their lives.  

    Visit John Paul Thornton's website at www.johnpaulthornton.com

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    Erika McGinnis ~ Educating Others About The Wonders of Space and About Light Pollution

    By Renée Phillips

    There are some extraordinary artists who demonstrate with conviction that art not only serves a purpose for visual enjoyment but can be a potential catalyst for education and making a difference in the world. Erika McGinnis is an artist who fits this description. She is one of the artists I wrote about in Professional Artist magazine "Artists As Caretakers of the Planet".


    Illuminare by Erika McGinnis, Acrylic on canvas, 36" x 48". Erika donates a percentage of the revenues from the sales of the limited edition print (24" x 36") to planetariums. Artwork is copyright protected by the artist. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without the artist's permission.

    Erika McGinnis is an artist living in Boise, Idaho, whose paintings express the beauty and wonder of space and the ancient past. She uses bright, vibrant illuminating colors — especially her favorite, Cobalt blue. She refers to her art as “Under the Cobalt Sky”.

    She explains, “My early exposure to science, astronomy, natural history and art through observatories, planetariums, science centers and art museums, all have served to shape my artistic vision, and I desire to retain that viewpoint of wonder.”

    McGinnis has found a way to merge her artistic vision, reverence for our solar system, and the negative effects of light pollution to educate both children and adults. She is the newsletter editor for Pulsar at the International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA) (http://iaaa.org). She has also served on the board for the Boise Astronomical Society and she belongs to the International Dark Sky Association (IDA) (www.darksky.org).

    Wherever she exhibits her artwork and is asked, “Why do you paint space?” this question gives her the opportunity to share information about light pollution. As she reminds us, “A growing body of evidence links the brightening night sky directly to measurable negative impacts on human health and immune function. Constant light messes with our natural circadian rhythms. It affects our hormonal production, which has been shown to lead to a wide variety of illnesses. On the wildlife front, many animals are affected by false light at night.”



    Floating City by Erika McGinnis. Intaglio, 16.5" x 17.5". This print is currently up in orbit on a Japanese satellite called a sprite-sat, measuring weather indicators just outside our atmosphere, launched by JAXA. Artwork is copyright protected by the artist. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without the artist's permission.

    Last summer, McGinnis was part of a group of artists who received grants to teach art and environmentalism to kids from underserved areas. She states, “I conducted a PowerPoint presentation to about 30 kids about the solar system and light pollution. The kids were enthralled and had so many questions about space, our neighboring planets and constellations. Then we all did a space painting together, which were all shown a few weeks later at a downtown bank. There, the parents got to hear a talk about light pollution and received brochures to take home.”

    With her inimitable enthusiasm she exlaims, “That feeling of awe you get when faced with the Milky Way cannot be duplicated on a screen. You feel very, very tiny, but also a part of something so vast, spiritually. It inspires questions about our place in it all."

    She adds, "As International Dark Skies states, ‘Art, literature, astronomy, navigation, exploration, curiosity and philosophy would have been diminished without it.’”

    Visit Erika McGinnis' website to view more of her enthralling and wondrous paintings at www.erikamcginnisart.com

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    Skip Rohde's Faces of Afghanistan
    By Renée Phillips

    It is often a challenge to discern the difference between our allies and enemies, between fact and fiction, and especially to understand current events and cultures from remote parts of the globe.

    Skip Rohde, “Abdul-Hakim”, pastel on tone paper 13” x 11”. Artwork is copyright protected by the artist. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without the artist's permission.
    Skip Rohde, an artist living in Mars Hill, North Carolina, who spent time in southern Afghanistan, strives to reveal the truth through his art. He states, “I want my work to help people understand, on a gut level, the true cost of war.”

    After spending more than two decades as a Navy officer retired and decided to earn a degree in painting to become a full-time artist. Combining his naval background experience with his new passion, his artworks have focused on the results of war, with a particular emphasis on the people – veterans, families, and civilians.

    While deployed with the State Department to one of the most turbulent districts in southern Afghanistan, Skip continued to sketch with pen, pencil, pastel or “whatever is handy,” during meetings, as well as on his own time.

    He explains, “These are some of the most amazing faces I've ever seen - craggy, crafty, full of exotic ‘otherness’ but also showing the same range of emotions as anybody in America. I want people in the U.S. to see these Afghans as individual people, as I've seen them – not as stereotypes, victims, or insurgents, which is primarily how they're seen in the media.”

    "Faces of Afghanistan" was an exhibition of Skip Rohde's 47 portraits that took place at at UNC-Asheville's S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, in 2012.

    The artist not only carries his message through his art, he also educates others through public speaking. During his “Residue of Conflict” exhibition, based on the after-effects of combat, held at Mars Hill College's Weizenblatt Gallery, he presented an empowering and perhaps life-changing talk to the students and faculty.

    View more of Skip Rohde's artwork at www.skiprohde.com

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    Helena Domenic, Artist and Educator
    Brings Out The Best Potential in Students 

    

    Painting by Helena Domenic www.mythandwonder.com. Artwork is copyright protected by the artist. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without the artist's permission.

    One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child. ~ Carl Jung

    Helena Domenic, artist and educator states, “Art in the classroom is so critical to helping students recognize their own potential and intelligence in a way that more left-brained disciplines may not. I get very excited when I see students making connections between the things they learn in my class and are able to relate them to their other classes. I also am excited when I get feedback from my fellow faculty that my students are bringing the things they learn into my classroom into theirs.”

    Born in Vicenza, Italy, Helena Domenic was touring the Sistine Chapel at the age of eighteen months. Currently living in Exton, Pennsylvania she teaches Art History, African Art, Drawing, and Painting at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, the oldest historically African American university in the United States.

    Painting by Helena Domenic. www.mythandwonder.com Artwork is copyright protected by the artist. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without the artist's permission.

    Art is a Healing Universal Language
    She explains, “For me teaching has brought home the realization that art transcends culture, language, bias and prejudice. Studying and teaching the history of art — both Western and African art — reminds me of my own place in the cosmos, and of how context and perception shape our experiences of art. As an art teacher I have the opportunity to see the 'light bulbs’ go off in students' heads: Sometimes seeing a visual image can convey a concept or idea in a way that the spoken word simply cannot.”

    Domenic's love of art at a very early age continued to grow and led to a BFA in Fine Art and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts. She is an exhibiting artist whose paintings are about, "...giving birth, whether that process is about literally giving birth or the act of creation in all of its forms." She also serves as the curator of the university’s Biddle Hall Art Gallery and serves as an advisor to the Fine Art Honor Society.

    “I believe art is a bridge that allows us to cross gaps we might not have anticipated, helps us to contend with whatever the world may throw our way. Art helps us to speak the unspeakable, to heal the wounds of individuals and cultures. Art brings people together in ways before unimaginable.”

    Learn more about Helena Domenic and her art on her website www.mythandwonder.com

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    The following announcement appears with permission from Tristy Taylor, the Arts & Healing Network's Director of Communication & Outreach. Tristy says, "Please share our AHN Award nomination form far and wide! We really want to get the word out, so please encourage your readers to spread the word as well."

    The Arts & Healing Network was created in 1997 as an online resource for anyone interested in the healing potential of art. They offer a wealth of information about using art to heal oneself, another person, a community, and/or the planet.

    Every year the Arts & Healing Network's AHN Awards honor healing artists who are truly making a difference in the world.

    One of the postcards in Caroline Lovell's "Traveling Postcards".
    In 20012 Caroline Lovell, www.carolinelovellphotography.com, founder of Traveling Postcards www.travelingpostcards.org was one of the AHN award winners. We wrote about her on August 24, 2012. Here is a link to the article: http://healingpowerofart.blogspot.com/2012/08/caroline-lovell-ahn-award-winner.html

    Two Calls for Nominations in 2013
    This year AHN is offering two calls for nominations. In each round, 1-4 artists will receive $5,000 each. AHN is asking for your help in finding this year's awardees.

    Call for Environmental Artists
    We are looking for artists whose work improves our connection to the natural world, raises awareness about current environmental issues and/or acts to remediate damage done to the earth. All creative media qualify - visual art, dance, music, writing, installation work, site specific work, etc.

    We are especially interested in artists whose work is innovative and deeply inspiring. Nominees must have a web site that clearly explains their environmental artwork.

    Nominations must be submitted by May 15, 2013.
    To nominate yourself or another artist, please click here.

    Honoring the Next Generation of Healing Artists
    This is open to artists using art to heal who are between the ages of 18 and 35 years old. With this award, we are investing in the future of the art and healing movement by supporting young artists who have shown themselves to be real changemakers.

    We are interested in all forms of art and healing including environmental art, activist art, art that builds community, art in healthcare settings, and art for personal/collective healing. All creative media qualify - visual art, dance, music, writing, installation work, performance, etc.

    We are especially interested in artists whose work is innovative and deeply inspiring. Nominees must have a web site that clearly explains their art and healing work.

    Nominations are due by September 15, 2013.
    To nominate yourself or another artist, please click here. To learn more about the AHN Award and past AHN Awardees please click here.

    If you have any questions, please email Tristy at ahn@artheals.org.

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    Leanne Venier, Artist, Scientist and Color Therapy Expert

    Leanne Venier (www.LeanneVenier.com) is an award-winning artist with her own gallery in Austin, Texas. Her paintings are in many private and corporate collections world-wide. The artist has been featured in numerous magazines, and interviewed many times on radio and television.  She also lectures and teaches workshops about the Healing Effects of Color, Light and Art at major medical centers, consciousness-focused organizations and elsewhere.

    Leanne Venier, "Shadow's Journey", oil on canvas, 24" x 48". Artwork is copyright protected by the artist. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without the artist's permission.

    Venier was a mechanical engineer designing submarines until a lifelong passion for healing and knowledge of consciousness drew her to the healing arts. This journey took her to Italy for seven years and back to the States for advanced training as an acupuncturist and shiatsu practitioner. Six years ago, Venier started painting and left her healing practice to begin working as a professional artist. From this diverse background, she now teaches medical practitioners and laypeople about scientific research on the healing effects of color, light and art.

    Teaching the Healing Benefits of Color

    A video of Venier's recent talk can be seen on http://www.youtube.com/leannevenier. In it she discusses how to use specific color energies to convey health, wellness and anti-aging benefits. Using only color and light, one can effectively treat depression, insomnia, arthritis, acne, aging skin, wounds, obesity, PMS, Alzheimer’s, numerous types of cancer and other illnesses.

    You can find a wealth of information about the healing benefits of color on her website at http://www.leannevenier.com/links.php?106241 She refers to scientific studies including those of Dr. Yvonne Clearwater, senior research psychologist at NASA Ames Research Center who suggests these specific guidelines for choosing healing art:
    • Landscape or landscape-like images
    • Images that resemble water
    • A great sense of depth that draws you into the painting (as opposed to close-up views that limit your experience)

    Leanne Venier, "Pulsating Luminosity", oil on canvas, 24" x 36". Artwork is copyright protected by the artist. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without the artist's permission.

    Besides responding to the vivid colors in Venier's paintings, viewers often comment on the sensation of being pulled into the landscape-like imagery where their imaginations can run free. The artist says these sensations are similar to what she feels during her own painting process.

    “I create my paintings from an intuitive, right brain state. Each finished work has numerous layers, applied over several months, and multiple colors within its depths. Each day, I simply choose the color that I’m most drawn to and I begin, without any judgment or preconceived idea of what will show up. Through the music I listen to, I shift into a deep meditative state, the color energy starts to flow through me, and what results is often very surprising, even to me.”

    Venier's Healing Color Workshops

    Leanne Venier, "Luminous Tranquility", oil on canvas, 48" x 72". Artwork is copyright protected by the artist. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without the artist's permission.

    To help people learn how to tap into their creative right brain Venier started teaching Healing Colors workshops. After her workshop for the San Antonio Cancer Therapy and Research Center, supervisor Mary Jackson told her, “You offered a wonderful introduction to the power of color in health and healing and gave us an invaluable tool to restore insight and balance into our lives. People seemed to move into a world of their own with just their thoughts and feelings being reflected in color. ”

    Through her lectures, workshops and exhibitions, Venier’s goal is, "To share knowledge for attaining everyday balance and healing through color, art and other natural means." She explains, “There is so much we can do to help ourselves which is far more effective than taking pharmaceuticals, which tend to throw our energies off. I’d like to help people learn how to do that for themselves.”

    To learn more and see Venier’s artwork, visit her website: www.LeanneVenier.com
    Visit her blog: www.LeanneVenierHealingColors.wordpress.com.
    Learn about her upcoming events: www.facebook.com/LeanneVenier 

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    Healing Images 

    Words are so often unnecessary... nor can they always replace the visceral response we experience when viewing a compelling work of art.

    How miraculous it is that we can turn to Artists for their powerful images that convey a myriad of messages.

    I am honored and delighted to present a selection of healing images of Art work created by some of the Manhattan Arts International Featured Artist members.  I suggest you take time to scroll down the page slowly and breathe deeply as you view each work of art. May you experience joy, comfort, serenity, love and exaltation and more...

    Please visit the artists' websites to see more of their art work and to make a purchase. Imagine the healing impact you will receive when images like these are hanging on your wall.

    All artwork is copyright protected by the artists. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without the artist's permission.


    Andrea Bonfils ~ "Hugs"
    limited edition 50, metallic c print, plexiglass mount with aluminum brace, 40" x 60"



     John Anderson ~ "Dove Ascending" 
    www.imagesaccordingtojohn.com
     digital art on aluminum, size varies




    Cyndy Carstens  ~  "Bathed in Light" 
    www.cyndycarstens.com
    oil on canvas, 24" x 30"




    Gunilla Lofgren ~ "Energy: Green"
    www.skatubacken.se

    mixed media with thread, 8" x 8"




    Arthur Jacob ~ "Yellow Orange Dahlia"
    www.arthur-jacob.com
    photography/digital art, 32" x 26"




    Darlene Kaplan ~ "Blue Bird at Night"
    Chinese brush painting on acid free rice paper, 26" x 15"


    If you would like to view the entire spectrum of Artists Members please visit The Manhattan Arts Members Gallery http://www.manhattanarts.com/Gallery/Featured-Members.htm


    Please share this blog post with your friends, followers...
     

    Please write a comment about the artists or any in particular and I'll make sure they receive it.

     

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    Here are some of our readers' favorite recent posts. Enjoy!

    Arthur Jacob, Yellow Orange Dahlia Center, photography/digital art, 32" x 26",
    from the blog post "A Picture is Worth A Thousand Healing Words".

    Erika McGinnis - Caretaker of the Planet
    There are some extraordinary artists who demonstrate with conviction that art not only serves a purpose for visual enjoyment but can be a potential catalyst for education and making a difference in the world. Erika McGinnis is an artist who fits this description. She is one of the artists I wrote about in Professional Artist magazine "Artists As Caretakers of the Planet".
    Read more.

    Healing Effects of Color, Light and Art
    Leanne Venier, Artist, Scientist and Color Therapy Expert Leanne Venier (www.LeanneVenier.com) is an award-winning artist with her own gallery in Austin, Texas. Her paintings are in many private and corporate collections world-wide. The artist has been featured in numerous magazines, and interviewed many times on radio and television. She also lectures and teaches workshops about the Healing Effects of Color, Light and Art at major medical centers, consciousness-focused organizations and elsewhere.
    Read more.

    A Picture is Worth A Thousand Healing Words
    I am honored and delighted to present a selection of healing images of Art work created by some of the Manhattan Arts International Featured Artist members. I suggest you take time to scroll down the page slowly and breathe deeply as you view each work of art. May you experience joy, comfort, serenity, love and exaltation and more...
    View images.

    Arts and Healing Network Awards for 2013
    The Arts & Healing Network was created in 1997 as an online resource for anyone interested in the healing potential of art. They offer a wealth of information about using art to heal oneself, another person, a community, and/or the planet. Every year the Arts & Healing Network's AHN Awards honor healing artists who are truly making a difference in the world.
    Read more

    Teri Leigh Teed, Healing Spirit Art
    Teri Leigh Teed has written, “Sometimes the seemingly ordinary, seen in detail or in a different light, can open us to the possibilities that surround us. We need only open our hearts and minds, and our eyes will find them.” 
    Read more.

    Artists Inspired by Water
    Water is a subject that offers unlimited sources of inspiration and interpretation for artists. In art and literature water is a universal symbol that represents change, purity and cleansing. Since water is often a sign of life, many times water represents life. 
    Read more.

    Teresa Dunwell's Luminous Paintings
    When you visit Teresa Dunwell's website you read, "This 'home site' has been created to show the scope of creativity and what is being offered in love and service that I would like to share with you." You will discover a Gallery Section, Memorial Icons, Soul Paintings and her services for Akashic Record Reading and Art Classes. Sounds interesting, doesn't it?
    Read more.

    The Importance of Art Education 
    Helena Domenic, artist and educator states, “Art in the classroom is so critical to helping students recognize their own potential and intelligence in a way that more left-brained disciplines may not. I get very excited when I see students making connections between the things they learn in my class and are able to relate them to their other classes."
    Read more.

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    A few wonderful people who are making a positive difference...

    These individuals and organizations are just a few of the many services that offer art therapy and resources to help heal and educate people on the subject. I encourage you to visit their websites to learn more about them. You can follow them all on Twitter and a few of them are on Facebook.

    And, consider helping them by making a donation or offering your time and creativity!



    ArtWorks ~ The Naomi Cohain Foundation
    "Inspired by the life of Naomi Cohain"

    www.artworksfoundation.org 

    ArtWorks, located in Englewood, NJ, provides children and young adults suffering from chronic and life-threatening illnesses, and their siblings, access to creative and performing arts programs that encourage the use of the creative process as a vehicle for healing, communication, self-expression and personal development. This foundation seeks to empower, validate, and honor these children by offering them the hands-on experience and materials with which to create, as well as the opportunity to publicly share their artistic accomplishments.

    One of their many extraordinary programs include a creative and performing art exhibition. This creates a unique, safe and supportive environment where children share their stories of strength, courage, hope, loss and survival through art, music, song, dance and poetry.

    Also check out their Artist of the Month Section: www.artworksfoundation.org/featured/index.shtml


    Paint The Stars Art Therapy, LLC (PTSAT)
    "PTSAT was created to help all children reach the stars!"

    http://www.paintthestarsarttherapy.info

    Owner Robyn Schindler is an art therapist who has been working with children, adolescents and young adults for nearly a decade in schools, counseling programs and hospitals. She has her educational background in Mental Health Counseling as well as Clinical Art Therapy and has studied play and sand-tray therapy techniques.

    Robyn Schindler started PTSAT, "with the goal of helping children feel better by getting in touch with their creative side." PTSAT's unique and creative approaches to psychotherapy allow families to receive the highest level of care for their children and young adults.

    One of the services she provides at PTSAT is Art Therapy in which "children utilize creative energy to help express current conflicts, feelings and thoughts." Art Therapy includes various mediums to assist with those struggling with sensory issues.

    Schindler serves clients in two locations: GenPsych in Brick, NJ as well as her private office in Manalapan, NJ.


    Veterans Art Foundation (VAF) V.A.F.
    "Healing Through Creativity"

    http://veteransartfoundation.wordpress.com/

    This is a non profit art foundation, based in Connecticut, "for veterans, BY veterans (namely, those who served in either OIF, OEF, or Vietnam.)

    "Our belief, and experience, has been that HEALING can and DOES come-- at least in part-- through other mediums than simply 'talking.' As such, working with a team of veterans, art therapists, and other careworkers/veteran advocates, we strive to open veterans-- particularly those with the "deep wounds" that only come out of the horrific experience called WAR-- to the world of creativity, wherein they can express pain and loss in an environment that is both liberating and SAFE to the veteran. "


    International Art Therapy Conference
    "Finding a voice, making your mark: Defining Art Therapy for the 21st century"

    http://www.gold.ac.uk/stacs/arttherapyconference2013/

    This international conference, April 8-11, 2013, Goldsmiths, London, UK, offers an ideal arena for those who have always wanted to know about art therapy. At the same time it will be a place where experienced art therapists from around the world can come together to explore our identity towards forging a renewed impact in education, social welfare and health services. You will have the opportunity to hear and talk with leaders in the field and to use art-making and discussion to explore conference themes.


    The Art Room
    "Learning and Achieving Through Art"

    http://www.theartroom.org.uk/

    This is a charity aimed at 5 - 16 year olds who are experiencing emotional and behavioural difficulties. There are currently five Art Rooms in schools in Oxford and London, offering art as therapy to increase children’s self-esteem, self-confidence and independence. The Director, Juli Beattie, set up The Art Room with a group of trustees in 2001. The project is delivered by a group of senior practitioners all of whom have considerable experience as teachers, artists, psychotherapists and are supported by volunteers. All are trained at the beginning of their contracts and undertake ongoing training.


    Art Therapy
    "Inspiring others to create."

    http://www.arttherapyblog.com/

    This web site provides a wealth of information on the subject including "About Art Therapy", "Benefits of Art Therapy"; "What is Art Therapy?"; "Who Uses Art Therapy?"; "Resources"; and how to "Help Promote Art Therapy."

    You'll also find an opportunity to share your experience, art work, stories, words or poetry with its readers. Ideas they suggest include: an experience you had with art therapy, images of artwork you’ve created through art therapy, a story or poem about art therapy. Read more: http://www.arttherapyblog.com/help-promote-art-therapy/#ixzz2O7z5lTSQ

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