What are Arts & Art Therapy? In this forum, Arts & Art Therapy will be curated to reflect the expression of growth and inspiration. Art is a visual representation of the inner and outer world as seen through the eyes of the artist. At All Things Healing, art therapy is curated to reflect the expression of growth and inspiration. Learn more about art therapy – healing art therapy & visual art therapy by visiting us online today!

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(Asst Editor: Karen Adler, Dip TPAT)  Karen Stabley is a speaker, therapist, relationship coach and teacher. Karen is an interactive, solution-focused therapist with a tr...
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by Geron and Rebecca Countess
Brenda Wintermyer was born in south central Pennsylvania. Brenda has loved to draw and paint since she was a little girl. When she was 10 years old, Santa surprised her with her very own easel and art supplies. She remembers thinking, “If Santa thinks I am an artist, I must be an artist!”


Editor's Note from Karen Stabley: Geron is an art student of Brenda Wintermyer. Geron loves bright, vibrant colors and is a great admirer of Brenda's work. At the end of one art class, Geron asked Brenda how she came to become an artist. This is Brenda's story.


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by Jennifer Gordon

Patients of Heartland Health’s Obstetrics & Gynecology shouldn’t be surprised if they hear the faint strains of Civil War music drifting through the corridors.

Dr. Robert Corder plans to share his hobby, playing the Civil War tunes on the violin, with his patients and his caregiver staff. Soon his repertoire will include Christmas carols...


Editor's Note: Heartfelt and truly wonderful healing article Jennifer Gordon writes about the benefits of music and art around patients and give specific studies from the National Endowment for the Arts found that music and art have helped lower the patient's anxieties as well as the Society for the Arts in Healthcare also demonstrated that the work environment is more satisfactory to the nursing staffs in hospitals where there are art programs...


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by Susan Filson

I am not a writer, but I do a lot of writing...


Editor's Note from Karen Adler: I asked a friend to write a piece on how she had used the arts to help her through difficult moments in her life. Susan is an extremely brave and resilient woman who has, in the last five years, weathered the death of a  much-loved son through cancer as well as a diagnosis of cancer herself.  Susan has travelled extensively with her botanist husband, Rex, and describes herself as more of a reader than a writer. A stalwart of the local Writers’ Group, even though she does not consider herself to be a writer, this is what she wrote anyway.


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Editor´s Note from Karen Adler: Four people share their different experiences of being in an Art Therapy Group - e.g. how it worked for them when talk therapy didn't, what they discovered about themselves via drawing, being able to make distinctions between mental/emotional states, an increase in confidence, dealing with schizophrenia, being less disturbed by an emotional or mental state once it was on the page.


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by Karen Paust

My quest as an artist has been to put a spotlight on the beauty of a weed, a dandelion, a decaying leaf turned into lace. We are surrounded by beauty every moment and it seems like people are just not seeing, and appreciating their surroundings...


Editor's Note from Karen Stabley: Karen Paust is a prolific artist with an incredible gift for beading, knitting, and painting. She has a background in botany which is apparent in so much of her work. Please visit her at to see more of her spectacular artwork!


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Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: Anise Bullimore shares a beautiful and deeply personal talk about her experience with breast cancer. She describes how art helped her to heal and also to understand her experience and emotions. It is a very inspiring and positive talk.


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Kathryn’s photography is entirely sophisticated and naturally inspiring. She draws from the simple things in nature, allowing images to glowwith an inner beauty. A single leaf, branch, or breeze is captured into film and transformed onto a two dimensional surface. Kathryn Kolb has the extraordinary ability to infuse her photographs with a mystical and painterly persona.


Late Winter Sycamore


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Editor´s Note from Karen Adler: An art therapy patient speaks about her art as being 'a window into her inner world' which gradually opened up her ability to speak about her experience of psychosis. An art therapist speaks about his work as maximising the use of the arts in the health realm and as assisting with destigmatisating mental health problems.


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Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: Salvador Dali is often quoted as saying, "There is one difference between a madman and me. The madman thinks he is sane, whereas I know that I am mad."  --- There often seems to be a link between creativity and mental illness. Many great artists, poets, playwrights, and composers suffered from depression, alcoholism, obsessionality, bipolar or psychotic disorders at some time in their lives. How strong is the link and what might account for it? Are these disorders beneficial to the creative process or a drawback that must be overcome?


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from The American Art Therapy Association

Marty Coyne, president and CEO of RMHC said, “We are so proud of the work at local Chapters like RMHC of Eastern Wisconsin. Their Art Therapy Program created in a unique partnership with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin exemplifies the Charity’s focus on innovative, sustainable program development that enhances the mission, reach, and impact of RMHC...

Editor's Note from Erica Curtis: With budgets tight and health, wellness, and arts programs being cut nation-wide, it is uplifting to know art therapy programs can find needed support for their important work. Read here about one art therapy program that received a $5,000 grant from The Ronald McDonald House Charities® Inc.


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Editor's Note from Karen Adler: The very sad news of Robin Williams has impacted people from all walks of life and from all around the globe. If anything positive can come from such a loss, it's that there's been an eruption on the internet of conversations pertaining to the nature of addiction and recovery, of mental illness and recovery. Such conversations don't cure the sadness of his family but they have the potential to open the eyes of those of us who are too quick to condemn and judge when it comes to addicts and those suffering from mental illness. It hopefully enables us to get just a glimpse of how hard it must be to recover and stay in recovery.


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Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: Have you ever noticed that movie trailers seem to follow a certain structure? If you have, you will enjoy this video clip which follows the prescribed format while explaining the characters thoughts, actions and dialogue in each scene! It is a very clever and entertaining artistic video! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!


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The Alternate Selves of the Artist

Sonia Weiss Durga 1929-2008

Art can be used to heal a psyche or express parts of that psyche that have no other avenue of expression. Sonia Weiss Durga's art is a good example of this. She was a deep, complex person with many aspects to her being.



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