Today in the art group we were busy getting ready for our Little Art Show next week. Every year in the spring, the Fred Victor Art Group has a show to share our art work with the community. The artists show their paintings from the year and also produce art cards to sell. It is a wonderful event and the art work looks amazing!
Today while I was with my seniors group at the Smart Aging Study, one of the women reminded me that coming to art three times a week had really saved her while she struggled through having a terrible outbreak of shingles. On the days she had to come to class she struggled to get ready to come downtown, and then while she was in the class she forgot her pain and discomfort and was totally absorbed in her painting. That is the power of being engaged in your own creative process. It engages the mind, your senses and spirit so you are not aware of your physical pain and discomfort. Making art works better than pain killers.
As an artist, educator and therapist I have to honour of being with people when they are vulnerable and open. I love the process of "being with them" especially when they make a discovery. This happens in therapy, as they make art and even when we're just sitting around sharing the everyday details of our lives.