“Red Poppies,” watercolor by Tracy Breithaupt
First United Methodist Church of Boulder is pleased to offer a gallery space in our sanctuary as part of our church’s Arts for the Soul program. Curators Barbara Olson and Richard Saxon, both artists-in-residence and church members, bring fantastic exhibits by local artists to our sanctuary walls.
The current exhibit, Art as Medicine: Artists in Recovery runs through Sunday, April 23. This exhibit features the work of Boulder County artists Claire Evans, Corrine Chancellor, David Grojean, Gail Hollander, Jenn Herling, Jie Shen, John Uhr, Marc Bernardi, Margaret Melander, Michael Hamers, Molly Hargarten, Mylene Vialard, Pat Isaacs, Sofia Van Surksum, and Tracy Breithaupt. It is available for viewing during our church’s regular office hours: Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, as well as on Sunday mornings before or after our 10:30 am worship service. On weekdays, come to the church office first for access to the sanctuary. There is no admission charge.
There will be a reception celebrating this exhibit on Friday, February 3, from 6:00-9:00 pm as part of NoBo Art District’s First Fridays initiative. Come and enjoy refreshments while you peruse the Art as Medicine exhibit in our beautiful sanctuary gallery space. On site parking in the church’s parking lot is available beginning at 6:00 pm.
“Feeding in Flight,” photograph by Mike Hamers
ART AS MEDICINE: ARTISTS IN RECOVERY
“When the soul is lost, art comes spontaneously to the rescue. When the soul is depressed, isolated, mad, or distraught, artistic images appear. . . the creative imagination acts spontaneously as its own savior.” ~ Hans Prinzhourn, art historian & psychologist, written in 1922
The medicine of the artist, like that of the shaman, arises from the psychic relationship to repeated creative rituals – the themes, methods, and materials that they interact with through the creative process. Art As Medicine works as a powerful regenerative therapy through the use of imagination, visual storytelling, creative collaboration, getting in touch with the subconscious and metaphysical sources, and dialoguing with images. For some, making art is vital to the very will to live – and/or to better cope with the heavy burden some bare daily.
The Art As Medicine show celebrates this power of art to heal – to heal the wounded soul, heart, body, or mind. Art is a vital aspect of their recovery: from chronic depression, alcohol or drug addiction, prolonged grief, PTSD or trauma, severe physical injury, or life-altering/limiting illness like cancer, M.S. Parkinson’s, etc. For some, artistic expression can perform well where traditional chemical or psychological remedies fail.
Artists who have experienced “healing through art” were invited to submit art for consideration (through a jury process) along with a brief Artist’s Statement of their relationship to art. The show is a small fraction of the 275 works submitted by 70 artists. NOTE: The main show is currently at the Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut Street in Boulder (Jab 13th thru Feb. 26th), and these pieces are among those pieces submitted.
The Art As Medicine show is the third Fresh A.I.R. Show: Artists In Recovery group exhibit organized by founder Michael Hamers in Boulder County since 2014. The Fresh A.I.R. Artists In Recovery shows, as well as “Enlighten Up! Overcoming Depression” lectures and workshops, are both approved by Boulder County Art Alliance’s Fiscal Partnership 501(c)3 Regranting Program for 3 consecutive years.