Winners of Manhattan Arts International “The Healing Power of ART” Exhibition in 2015
When artists express feelings about traumatic personal experiences their art serves as a catalyst for healing. When they combine creativity with clarity and compassion about the human condition their art also brings tremendous benefits to everyone who views it.
Tamara Burgh, Victoria Pendragon, and Lexi Sundell are three outstanding artists who create healing art. When they submitted their art and statements to the Manhattan Arts International “The Healing Power of ART” juried competition in 2015 I knew I wanted to share their stories. They convey profound messages about transformation and their positive impact on others is far reaching.
Tamara Burgh is a multidisciplinary artist who has lived in Alaska, Australia, Wisconsin and the Chicago area and currently lives in Bella Vista, Arkansas. When she submitted her painting “Mom Has Dementia”, shown above, to the the competition, she wrote: “My submissions are about broken relationships. ‘Mom Has Dementia’ purges the pain in my caring for her. Mom has become a personality-less individual who’s world is sinking and shrinking.” This painting speaks to many of us who has every had a loved one with a debilitating disease.
Burgh has exhibited her work nationally, and was selected for the Manhattan Arts International “Small Art – Big Impact” online group juried exhibition in 2013-2014. Her regionalist drawings are part of permanent collections at the college and public library in Nome, Alaska and University of Alaska, Juneau. You will enjoy her art and her writing on her website and blog which she shares with tremendous candor, insight and poignancy.
Visit Tamara Burgh’s website www.tamaraburgh.com
Victoria Pendragon, BFA, DD, is an artist who lives in Paw Paw, West Virginia. She submitted this statement to the jurors: “The roots of my art lie in a journey that began in the late 1980’s, at the point where my dreams led me from a place of pain to a world of ever-evolving wonder. At first, art was one of my healing tools, now it is my constant celebration.”
Pendragon is a compassionate individual and incest survivor who helps others increase their personal growth and healing. Her series of collages with accompanying text titled “Witness” serve “as a public service to empower other women to speak out about abuse.” In addition to being an artist with two solo and more than twelve group exhibitions Pendragon is also the author of Sleep Magic, Surrendering to Success, a book about emotional cellular reprogramming, based on her most usual healing from scleroderma. Her website contains a wealth of vital information about healing.
Visit Victoria Pendragon’s website www.victoriapendragon.com
Lexi Sundell is an award-winning artist who lives in Ennis, Montana. In her artist’s statement with her entries to she wrote: “After nearly dying from severe infection, I dreamed a black panther that represented all my unrealized potential. My painting style and subject matter drastically changed overnight. I now use animals and birds as metaphors for the human spirit, in layers of color and texture. This is my journey of transformation.”
Sundell presented a talk at the Whitefish TEDx in 2014 which focused on the three components of the creative process. Her artwork is in many private and corporate collections worldwide. It has been featured in numerous exhibitions in museums and galleries. The artist also presents workshops on creativity. She and her art have appeared in newspaper and magazine articles as well as television shows. She is the author of Creating Exceptional Color in Acrylics and Painting Acrylic Flowers A-Z. Lexi Sundell: Paintings and Poetry is a limited edition, leather bound fine art book that showcases her paintings.
Visit Lexi Sundell’s website www.lexisundell.com
Manhattan Arts International presents “The Healing Power of ART” exhibitions every year. Learn more.