INVITATION FROM DON MARSHALL FOR HIS
"2019 LA FEMME" EXHIBITION
Jan 25 at 6:31 PM
I would like to invite you to be part of La Femme, an exhibition celebrating women artists of St. Tammany in the Atrium Gallery at Christwood March 9 through April 26, 2019.
The growth of the arts community on the Northshore has been amazing and we hope to demonstrate how rich and professional it is.
If you would like to participate, please send up to 5 images from which I can select by Monday February 10.
Delivery of work: Saturday March 2 from 10 am to 2 pm
Opening Reception: Saturday March 9 from 6 to 8 pm
Pick up of work: Saturday April 27 from 10 am to 2 pm
"BALANCED" was accepted in to 2018 LeMieux Galleries Juried Show
"RAINBOW COAST" HAS BEEN INVITED TO THE 2017 ARTMELT EXHIBITION
TIMES-PICAYUNE ARTICLE: FEBURARY 15, 2017
MY INDUCTION TO N.A.W.A., NEW YORK CHAPTER.
'Healing art' created for
Lakeview Regional Medical Center
By Sarah Bonnette The Times-Picayune
on April 29, 2016 at 4:33 PM
Kris Muntan, right, and Cynthia Webb work on two of their paintings for the Healing Arts Exhibit at Lakeview Regional Medical Center. Webb's painting 84-by-96 inch landscape will be installed in the hospital's main lobby.
For the six women artists of Art House Boston, gathering together almost daily in their light-filled Covington studio has a healing effect on their creative spirits. As they each work on a particular painting or pastel drawing, they aren't afraid to ask for advice or ignore criticism if it doesn't fit the vision for a piece.
Mothers and career women turned professional artists, they also swap stories about their children and families, their artistic successes and failures, even their recipes. Laughter can usually be heard upon entering the space, where paint-splattered drop cloths cover the floors and works-in-progress cover the walls and various easels.
Now the ladies – Virginia Barach, Melissa Bean, Cissy Carville, Jacqueline Guillot, Kris Muntan and Cynthia Webb – will extend the healing they feel through creating art to the community. On May 12, Art House Boston and Lakeview Regional Medical Center will unveil the "Healing Arts Exhibit," a new joint venture between the Covington hospital and the artists. It will open with a reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the LRMC's Pelican Room.
“We find it healing for ourselves because it's very cathartic for us to work here, so this is a natural extension. We wanted to spread that to the community," said Guillot, who focuses on pastel drawings of people, landscapes and New Orleans scenes.
While each artist shows and sells their pieces in different galleries and home décor boutiques on both sides of the lake, this will be the ladies' first group exhibition. They will showcase more than 30 pieces in different spots on the hospital's five floors. Maps will direct patients and visitors to those locations.
"We are dedicated to improving the healthcare experience for our patients, families and caregivers. By integrating the arts into our hospital setting, we provide another layer of therapeutic care, while also improving the overall esthetic of our facility. We are thrilled to partner with the talented artists at Art House Boston Street on this project," said Willie Paretti, chairwoman of LRMC's Board of Directors.
Incorporating different art forms, such as visual and literary arts, music, design and more, into healthcare environments is a growing initiative among hospitals and other medical providers.
Research shows healing arts programs can help patients' and families' coping skills, which in turn can reduce the need for further hospital care and pain medication, as well as reduce depression and anxiety levels, increase patient satisfaction and improve medical providers' recruitment and retention rates, according Americans for the Arts, a national arts advocacy and research organization.
Placing artwork into Lakeview's public spaces came at an opportune time since renovations are taking place on the first floor, said Kim Melvin, LRMC's marketing director. The exhibit will be an on-going project, with sold pieces being replaced with new works of similar size.
"It's a win-win for everyone, and the pieces are beautiful," she said.
It's also a win for the local chapter of Wounded War Heroes, who will receive 25 percent of the proceeds when a piece of artwork is sold. The nonprofit provides therapeutic outdoor experiences for combat-wounded men and women upon their return home from fighting for our country.
It is a cause close to the hearts of the Lakeview Volunteer Auxillary, the hospital's group of nearly 90 volunteers, Melvin said. The group contributes proceeds from gift shop sales and other fund-raisers to WWH and other charities.
The chance to give back in this second way made the project even more appealing to the Art House Boston artists.
"We were showing at different places, but it's just natural that we all come together to benefit vets and healing arts," said Webb, who paints modern landscapes with unique techniques she has perfected over time.
Webb first met Bean, Guillot, and Muntan when they took a series of classes with Art Time owner Barbara Brocato, eventually moving into another room at the Mandeville business to work on larger pieces.
Finally, Webb said Brocato told them they had to leave the nest and find their own space. The ladies, who were joined by Barach and Carville, first worked out of an E. Rutland Street house. When it sold, Webb and her husband, Kevin, bought the studio space the artists occupy in the Boston Commons business park in May 2015.
"After having worked alone for many years in my home it's opened up a whole world to me, not just by sharing ideas artistically with these ladies, but also because of the wonderful relationship we have personally. It's not easy to find friends that you want to spend every day with," said Carville, who paints large-scale acrylic abstracts in a very free style. "I never know what the end result will be," she added.
Muntan, who has been coordinating the exhibition with the hospital, also loves the freedom of abstraction, as well as the direction "that painting something impressionistic gives you," she said.
"Painting is a true escape for me, and in that sense it is like mental therapy. It's very calming to me," Muntan added.
The studio is like a second home now for Bean, who rediscovered what was once a childhood passion for art after raising her children. She now enjoys capturing a subject's likeness and bringing it to life with the smallest details.
"It's very fulfilling being able to combine my love for art and giving back to the community," she said.
When the opportunity to exhibit at the hospital came about, "it seemed to be the perfect fit for us because although our work is really diverse, we can all show together," Barach said. Barach loves to paint abstracts and landscapes in oil. She often portrays subjects from an aerial view and works with sculpting clay to create reliefs in her paintings.
After the May 12 reception, the "Healing Arts Exhibit" may be seen during hospital hours. Lakeview Regional Medical Center is located at 95 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington. For more information, visit lakeviewregional.com.
For more information on Art House Boston, visit arthousebostonstreet.com. Links to each artist's individual Web site can be found under their name on the Home page.
For more research regarding the healing arts, visit the Americans for the Arts Web site, americansforthearts.org/by-topic/arts-and-healing.
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