SJB Creative @ #Artomatic 2017

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After 10 years, I am back in Artomatic, the grass-roots artist produced tour-de-force of art, music and creativity that has taken the Washington, DC area since 1999.  Artomatic is a non-profit, volunteer-run 501(c)3 organization that organizes and hosts a large arts festival occuring every 12-18 months in the DC metro area, usually in a commerial location slated for demolition.  Artomatic’s mission is to create communitiy, build audience and expand economic development by transforming available space into a playground for artistc expression. You can learn more about Artomatic here.

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I will be showing two series, The Legacy Series and Paper Dolls.   Both series are fairly new, with the Legacy Series being an ongoing project and Paper Dolls the newest set of works. Read more about the Legacy Series here and Paper Dolls here.  A portion of the proceeds of all art sales will be donated to Project Create an exemplary youth arts program for underserved communities in Washington, DC.

The Legacy Project

SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, April 9, 2017 @ 3:00 pm:  Your Ally Within- A Creative Affirmations Workshop for Creatives

In addition, I will be offering for the first time, a free workshop for artists, creatives, (and anyone who wants to be!) to reignite or unleash your creative spark.  No artistic ability required!  More information coming soon!

I will be onsite for the opening reception this Friday, March 24, 2017, and both Meet The Artists Nights (April 8th and April 29th).  I will hosting a Coloring Corner during the Meet The Artists Nights for grownups and not-so-grown ups as well so you whether you are an artist or not, you can leave your mark at Artomatic!

Look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

10 Tips to Infuse Creativity into Your Life: Weekly PopUp Video Chats!

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This is the year for #MyCourageousLife and I am doing something courageous….live video chats once a week on the topic on how to infuse more creativity into your life!

If you are one of those people who

  • want to unleash that creative urge do something in the arts or something different to express yourself,

  • are a creative person but find yourself “stuck” in moving forward;

  • dabbling with your new creative freedom but need the confidence to continue moving forward.

This is for you!

As a person who has a career outside the arts, I never thought I could tap into that creative side I was initimately familiar with as a child.  Once I got the courage and gave myself permission to be the artist and creative person I was inside, things really changed for me!

 Join me, beginning this coming week for “pop up” chats either on Persicope  OR Facebook Live on my Facebook page here.  Keep an eye out for announcements of when I will be sharing either on Facebook or Twitter.  I look forward to connecting with you!

MINDFULLY CREATIVE PODCAST: EPISODE 4 “Art Therapy Unveiled”

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EPISODE 4:  “Art Therapy Unveiled” Featuring  Gretchen Miller, MA, ATR-BC, ACTP Registered Board Certified Art Therapist.

Welcome to the fourth edition of the Mindfully Creative Podcast series!  This fourth episode focuses on art therapy,  and fittingly so since it is the start of Creative Arts Therapy Week!   Gretchen Miller is the featured guest for this topic, a woman who is a creative force online for promoting the field of art therapy and encouraging its use in a variety settings.

Gretchen Miller MA,  ATR-BC, ACTP is a Cleveland, Ohio based Registered Board Certified Art Therapist, Certified Trauma Practitioner, and an Adjunct Professor at Ursuline College’s Counseling and Art Therapy Program. Clinically she works with at-risk children, teens, and adults often impacted by trauma and loss- using art for the intervention and management of traumatic stress., Her online art making community, 6 Degrees of Creativity, unites concepts of social networking, connecting, collaboration, and creativity into an engaged global community of artists spreading creative goodness. She also serves as Community Organizer for the Art Therapy Alliance, a resource embracing social media to promote art therapy and the work of art therapists.

During this conversation we get to the root of what art therapy is (and isn’t), who can benefit, and how to become one yourself!

You can learn more and follow  Gretchen at the following links:

Website: www.gretchen-miller.com

Blog: gretchenmiller.wordpress.com

Instagram: @gretchenmiller

Twitter: @gretchen_miller

For information about art therapy and how to find an art therapist:

Art Therapy Alliance: www.arttherapyalliance.org

American Art Therapy Association: www.arttherapy.org

Art Therapy Credentials Board: www.atcb.org

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