I can use many words to describe myself, but the part of myself that I most identify with is my Artist Self. It doesn’t matter if its been one day or one year since I’ve made art for myself or how long its been since I’ve show my art in the community, I still see myself as an artist and I see the world through an artists eyes. I see creative opportunities everywhere, and I am always devising a painting in my head. As a community of Artists and Art Therapists we should be creating as often as possible and encouraging each other to do so. Take time for yourself, take time to create, get out there and share it with others!
Here are a couple of Art Events going on around the state, for frequently updated information visit http://www.vaarttherapy.org
ART OPENING. Charlottesville Area
Art Exhibition and Call for Art
This year the Anti-Stigma HOPE Campaign will celebrate National Mental Health Month through “Art Uniting People – A Celebration of Creativity and Mental Health.” This is an art exhibition dedicated to making a difference. It provides people whose lives have been affected by mental illness the opportunity to use art as a form of expression in order to engage the Alexandria community in a conversation about mental health issues.
All those touched by issues related to mental health and mental illness may enter—young and old. Artists are also invited to share the inspiration behind their art pieces and some of their personal story. Entry forms due Monday, April 4; art delivered for exhibition on Thursday, April 28.
Save the date! Opening reception, Wednesday, May 12, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson Street Alexandria, VA
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Arlington Reads: Combat Paper Project Exhibition
Join us Thursday, April 7, 7:00 p.m. in the Central Library Auditorium when Tara Tappert, exhibits curator of the Combat Paper Project, will show and discuss elements of the project. Work from the Combat Paper Project will be on exhibit at Central Library through the end of April, as part of Arlington Reads 2011, “The Soldier’s Story: Serving Country and Community.”
Tappert, an archivist and American arts consulted, is interested in understanding how and why making crafts is so helpful in returning both the mind and body to a state of well being. In Combat Paper workshops, veterans use their uniforms to create cathartic art. The uniforms are cut up, beaten into a pulp and formed into sheets of paper.
Attendees of this event will also have the chance to win one of the two Arlington Reads 2011 featured books.