Art as Therapy

I’m miserable. I could perhaps use help from (a) friends or family, (b) a therapist, or (c) a museum. A museum? Who turns to a museum for personal help? Creating art can be therapeutic: Artistic expression as healing is the … Continue reading

Now Who’s Crazy Now?

Who would you ask for help if you were going to Spain? Someone who’s studied maps and guidebooks, but has never been to Spain or someone who’s been there and sketched out a map or written a guide after getting … Continue reading

Touched By Fire Seventh Annual Show and Sale

On November 26, Touched By Fire, held its seventh annual art show and sale at the Artscape Wychwood Barns.  The pieces displayed were chosen by jury and included drawings, paintings, photography, multimedia and digital works by 58 practising professionals, art students, and … Continue reading

Mad Couture Catwalk

Lisa Walter introduces “The Bedlam Collection” of fashions through this statement projected large on the large wall at the side of the fashion runway:  “The classical notion of the madman as a “Natural” who lives half-clothed and in the outdoors … Continue reading

Transformation By Fire

It is said that home is where the heart is. But violence wounds our hearts, leaving us emotionally physically, and spiritually homeless, even when there is a roof over our heads. Our battles rage on . . . . Come … Continue reading

Gardiner Expressive Arts Group

Gardiner Expressive Arts blog May 9, 2012. Sculpture exhibited in 2011.

Screen capture from Gardiner Expressive Arts blog May 9, 2012. Sculpture exhibited in 2011. Out of the mud, the lotus blooms: Women who have experienced violence transform trauma through clay. Intrigued by this title, I attended the 2010 workshop offered … Continue reading

Touched by Fire

I’m looking over the website for Touched By Fire, and am struck by the richness in the drawings, paintings, photography, multimedia and digital works posted by over 300 individuals. Some contributors post only one work while others have a series, … Continue reading

Shedding Skins

The Shedding Skins paintings show dream images, a nun riding a pinto through the desert, a ghostly Beethoven contemplating a small vibrant green tree, a fragile, though armoured Joan of Arc astride her powerful horse,. The text tells a story … Continue reading

Rendezvous With Madness: Kauwboy (Little Bird)

As the lights come up after Kauwboy (Little Bird), opening film for the Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival, the audience is so moved, it’s hard to talk. Little Bird is an internationally acclaimed Dutch film that tells of Jojo, a … Continue reading