“Art therapy? You’ve got to be kidding!” Those were my words 10 years ago when a friend suggested this type of therapy to help my kids cope with divorce.
Sure — I knew art could be fun, but I was skeptical about its role in emotional healing.
Reluctantly, I decided to give it a try, so my children and I began sessions with an art therapist – drawing, painting and collaging.
At home my young son and I began drawing together after dinner. Our kitchen table turned into an oasis of creative peace. Many things were expressed, shared and witnessed as we bowed our heads over drawing paper.
Slowly, I began to see that there were means to self-discovery and ways to communicate that did not require words.
Fast forward ten years. My family has weathered the storm, and our lives continue to be enriched by art. Ten years ago there was no way I could have anticipated art’s power to set a new course for my life.
Each summer the Children’s Advocacy Center sponsors art mentoring groups for kids and teens. At the end of July, Veranda Park Retirement Community offers community artists an opportunity to exhibit and sell their artwork in its elegant meeting room — with wine and appetizers served outside on the broad, cool veranda.
Each year, as I stroll around the exhibition, I know that every painting tells the artist’s story and quite often represents a profound transformation in his or her life. A painting I bought by a young man a couple years ago is a treasured part of my art collection. On my wall, it is an uplifting reminder about hope and resilience.
Do yourself a favor – join us at On the Veranda and purchase your own inspirational work of art. This year’s show takes place on Friday, July 26th, 7-9 pm at Veranda Park in Medford.
If you can’t make the event, you can still be part of transforming lives through art by making a donation. All proceeds benefit the Children’s Advocacy Center’s kids and teens art mentoring groups.