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  • Art and Healing Workshop at Worcester Art Museum

    WORCESTER, MASS., December 23, 1999 - Authors Barbara Ganim and Susan Fox will present the ideas and scientific research featured in their latest books: Art and Healing: Using Expressive Art to Heal Your Body, Mind and Spirit and Visual Journaling, Going Deeper Than Words to Heal Your Body, Mind and Soul, at a two-day workshop at the Worcester Art Museum on January 8 and January 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Both authors use art to facilitate emotional and physical healing through the mind/body language of imagery. You will learn how to access thoughts and emotions that cause physiological stress and immune system dysfunction. And by combining exercises in drawing, painting and clay with discussions focused on the scientific research supporting this powerful healing modality, you will learn how to release the grip of negative thoughts so healing can begin.

    Expressive art is a holistic therapeutic method that is result-oriented. It is a highly effective tool for reducing stress, boosting immune system efficiency, and conditioning the body and mind to work harmoniously with medical treatments. The workshops will conclude with exercises that will introduce you to the basis steps of the visual journaling process so that you can continue to use your artistic expression on a daily basis to stay in touch with the inner guidance of your soul wisdom.

    Barbara Ganim holds a master's degree in Art Education from Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, and a Certification in Holistic Counseling from the Institute for Transformational Studies, Gloucester, MA. She is the director of the Institute for the Expressive Arts at Salve Regina University, which offers a professional development program to train medical caregivers, psychotherapists, and educators in how to use expressive art for healing in their professional work. She is also on the faculty of the Holistic Counseling Graduate Program where she teaches expressive art therapy. She has been a member of the clinical staff of the Hope Center for Cancer support in Providence for nine years.

    Susan Fox holds a master's degree in Art Education from Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, and a Certification Holistic Counseling from the Institute for Transformational Studies, Gloucester, MA. In addition to her private practice and nationally known workshops on using art for healing and visual journaling, Fox teaches in the Institute for Expressive Arts at Salve Regina University, and is on the university's faculty of the Holistic Counseling graduate Program, where she teaches expressive art therapy. During the last 10 years, she has been a member of the clinical staff of the Hope Center for Cancer Support in Providence.

    Gamin is the author of the book Art and Healing: Using Expressive Art to Heal Your Body, Mind and Spirit (Random House/Three Rivers Press 1999). Gamin and Fox co-authored Visual Journaling: Going Deeper than Words to Give Voice to Your Soul (Quest Books 1999).

    The cost of this unique workshop is $165 for Museum members and $185 for non-members. and includes all materials. To register, call 508-799-4406, X-3007 or X-3056.

    Museum Background

    Opened to the public in 1898, the Worcester Art Museum is the second largest art museum in New England. Its exceptional 35,000-piece collection of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photography, prints and drawings is displayed in 36 galleries and spans 5,000 years of art and culture, ranging from Egyptian antiquities and Roman mosaics to Impressionist paintings and contemporary art. Throughout its first century, the Worcester Art Museum proved itself a pioneer: the first American museum to purchase work by Claude Monet (1910) and Paul Gauguin (1921); the first museum to bring a medieval building to America (1927); a sponsor of the first major excavation at Antioch, one of the four great cities of ancient Rome (1932); the first museum to create an Art All-State program for high school artists (1987); the originator of the first exhibition of Dutch master Judith Leyster (1993); and the first museum to focus its contemporary art programs on art of the last 10 years (1998). The Museum's hours are: Wednesday through Sunday, 11am-5pm, and Saturday 10am-5pm. Admission: FREE for members; Non-members: $8 Adults; $6 Seniors and full-time college students with current ID; FREE for youth 17 and under; FREE for everyone Saturday mornings 10am-noon sponsored by The TJX Companies and Massachusetts Electric Company. For more information, call (508) 799-4406 or visit the Museum at 55 Salisbury Street in Worcester.

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