The members in The Healing Power of ART & ARTISTS online gallery have other interests and activities that further extend their realm of creativity and service to others. In this post I present a few fascinating facts about some of our members. I encourage you to visit their pages and visit their websites for more information. Click on their names to visit their pages.
Award-winning Chinese brush painter Darlene Kaplan is also a very active instructor with a large following of art students and admirers. When she isn’t creating art and teaching she also practices Tai Chi and presents Chinese Tea Tastings, Gong Fu Style in her studio. This ceremonial tea drinking style is meant to focus one’s attention and relax the mind and spirit in a convivial, shared experience. Guests are served several different Premium or Estate Teas that come from around the world. They learn how the tea is harvested, what makes tea green or black, and the many health benefits of tea. For example, Pu-erh has been medically proven to lower cholesterol.
In addition to creating outstanding abstract paintings that “draw upon the Alchemical concept of Spirit in Matter”, Cyncie Winters is also a psychotherapist and creativity coach. On her website she states some of the benefits of coaching: “Help you navigate the challenging stages of the creative process; Anticipate and appreciate the natural anxieties that arise from being creative; Manage those anxieties by finding appropriate ways to feed them”; Develop strategies for maximizing our creative potential; and Cultivate the things that nurture our creative spirits” and more.
Victoria Pendragon has created two bodies of work: “Witness”, a series of collages with text which she shares as a public service to empower other women to speak out about abuse; and “She Who…”, a joyful, colorful celebration of female sexuality.” She is also the creator of Sleep Magic, “a technique for cellular reprogramming that first saved my life, then took about 15 years to come to the surface of my consciousness in a form that I could share with others to assist them in ‘saving’ their own lives, in healing…”