On our parent website, Manhattan Arts International, I’ve been curating “The Healing Power of ART” exhibitions for more than 17 years. Every year in the fall we present a new online exhibition and invite artists from around the world to participate. On September 1st, 2017, we launched this year’s exhibition on the theme “Inspiring The Positive”. Here are a few images of art from this exhibition, along with the artists’ statements. They reflect the power of art to heal when facing difficult challenges and how art can inspire and bring hope to the artist and the viewer.
I invite you to view this outstanding exhibition of 62 artists that runs through November 1, 2017 at manhattanarts.com/the-healing-power-of-art/
Hope, oil on canvas, 36” x 36”.
“Art became a healing force in my son’s hospital room years ago. I learned of the therapeutic strength of art. Through this experience ArtBagsForKids.com was started for children to gain access to art materials when they are not able to go to school because of illness. Funds are raised and Art Bags are delivered to the children. Healing begins.” ~ Christine Frisbee christinefrisbee.com
Gypsy Joy, colored pencil and gouache on illustration board, 17″ x 15″.
“People know nothing about your pain, chronic illness, abuse, or fill-in-the-blank. I don’t squirm from Facing the Shadows, but through my art I show the positive possibilities and lift hopes and dreams to God’s Heart. Sometimes, it’s even best to throw in a little magic, joyfully inspiring the positive out of what comes our way.” ~ Lis Zadravec LisArts.com
David Knot in Flames, 140″h x 26″w x 15″d sculpture size, not including the base.
“This sculpture was created as a tribute to my son David Antar. I carved a knot because David had a very hard life. The knot represents his pain; but the knot breaks open into a flame, which to me represents life – his soul rising to Heaven. This was an extremely hard thing for a mother to do. But for me, a sculptor, it was also a work of healing.” ~ Robin Antar rantar.com
I Had To Go There To Come Here #3, mixed media, 12” x 12” x 2”.
“You have cancer. These were the words I heard one cold afternoon in 2007. A year later I was taking my first journey back into art. It took another seven years for me to process the experience and visually express it. This series explores what happens to a body and a mind when they are physically and emotionally altered.” ~ Eve Ozer eveozer.com
Joy, Peace & Hope, pastel, 18” x 18”.
“At a young age , I lost my Father. The Forest became my refuge, it healed and replenished my spirit. Years later, I came back to my trees in my paintings, to give back what they gave me, peace, joy, strength and courage.” ~ Maureen Spinale Maureenspinale.com
Wounded Angels from Syria, oil on canvas, 70” x 78”.
“I love the fact that nobody can stop the mornings from bringing new light into our lives. I wake up early, worship God and start painting. Some trials take us into long nights, but the assurance of the new morning encourages us to go on. In heaven there will be no more night, no more tears, just a never-ending morning.” ~ Matti Sirvio mattisirvio.com
Hope, graphite, carbon, charcoal, 15″ x 19″.
“During an unexpected traumatic season in my life, I began to draw. Each drawing refocused my perspective toward the lighter, happier, positive side of each new day. And… I have seen the same effect on people when they view my art work! Their laughter bubbles up from their bellies. Their slow smiles reach their eyes. And their gentle tears display their vulnerable heart.” ~ Patti Bradeis belovedportraitsbypatti
Monk In The Garden, oil on canvas, 48″ x 48″.
“Facing the severe early trauma of my past allowed me to stop trying to please people with my painting, and begin expressing my true self. For me painting means tapping into my inner self, and bringing it straight to the canvas. Believing in myself as an artist has helped me to value myself in all areas of my life.” ~ Trixie Pitts trixiepitts.com
I am not your target! (Malala’s blossom), clay, 22″ x 18″ x 8″.
“Upon reading the book I am Malala, I became greatly inspired not only to sculpt Malala Yousafzai’s portrait, but to also sponsor five girls to go to school this year. Malala’s chronicle of war and her own encounter of terrorism, her fierce fight for girls education and women’s equality is one of the bravest and most noble causes in the world.” ~ Denisa Prochazka denisaprochazka.com
There is no vision without contrast, mixed media, 6″ x 15″.
“This work of art seeks to provoke thought around the issue of race. Without contrast, an image fades and disappears. We can’t see clearly when everything is the same. Sameness becomes stale. When contrasts are heightened, our appreciation grows. The simple act of a handshake highlights the beauty of diversity. Beauty is to be found in our differences.” ~ Joan Chamberlain joancatelier.com
Eva Marie Restel, Rose Angel, clay and canvas, 36″ x 24″
“My pieces are designed for hospitals. Each Rose Person inspires a positive response through their relatable stances and intricate carvings. The stances are meant to mimic ones that a person may have while going through a difficult time. Matching an emotion to the viewer allows the possibility of a connection which can bring a sense of calm for the viewer.” ~ Eva Marie Restel evamarierestel.com
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