EXHIBITION: “Ways Out – Journey through Recovery”
June 12 – 21 2009, I participated in an exhibition called “Ways Out – Journeys through Recovery” along with other artists Anna French, Naomi Downie, Charlie Armstrong and Eddy Sara. It was located at Synergy Gallery, 253 High Street, Northcote. “Synergy Gallery is a non-profit, community run arts organisation which provides affordable and supportive arts spaces” (Synergy. 2014). In 2009 it was part of the High Street Northcote Visual Arts Festival, Melbourne – Australia.
Synergy. (2013). About Synergy Gallery. Retrieved from http://synergygallery.blogspot.com.au/
The Northern Exposure Festival “is a street based arts festival presented by the Northcote Business Association. Local businesses and artists join forces on High Street Northcote leaving a playful trail of discovery for the attentive observer”.
High Street Northcote Visual Arts Festival. (2014). News. Retrieved from http://highstreetnorthcote.com.au/
It was a great opportunity for me, as an abstract artist, to be part of a community event. Meeting other artists and exchanging ideas and chatting about my work, was both an enriching and therapeutic experience. Also having the opportunity to interact with the general public in person, so that I could talk about our art, was enlightening and inspiring.
It was my very first time I was exhibiting any of my paintings and their stories in a public forum; and I choose the above and below paintings which I felt most comfortable revealing. Whilst I was very nervous about doing so – it did give me a greater understanding how people viewed my work and inspired me to continue forward with my art therapy journey…
The process of painting, painting story writing and digital photo painting has offered me a way of expressing thoughts and emotions which can be difficult to say out loud. I also came to understanding that art can be a very powerful way of communicating with others. Therapy via art – gave me a voice…
My art therapy journey has been an important part of recent years and still will be an important part in years to come. I am hoping that by sharing my art therapy journey, will inspire others, to take up art therapy to find their voice – in order to be able to move forward in most difficult of times. Art Therapy has brought me now to a much better place where I find myself being able to seek joy in each day. As an ongoing process, I will be blogging about my art therapy journey “moving forward” and expand on how others have used/are using art therapy to assist physical and emotional well-being. I hope you will join me!
© Karen Robinson – April 2014