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Therapeutic art in 'Finding Our Voices' exhibit

April 10, 2014
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photo - "Balance," by AniRose Whaleswan.
"Balance," by AniRose Whaleswan. 

2-8:30 p.m. Friday, poetry, video and performances from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., artists reception 5 p.m., Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado Ave., free; 636-5065, findingourvoicescs.org.

When flashbacks of sexual abuse began to torture Joyce Aubrey in the 1990s, she went to therapy and learned the healing power of putting paint to canvas. It is called process painting.

"We approach the canvas without an image in mind, and we just let the painting organically develop," Aubrey says. "For me, I painted things not in my conscious awareness. For other people, they paint out anger, they paint out frustration. It's very interesting how it works."

Aubrey is the founder of Finding Our Voices, a program that offers healing art activities for sexual abuse survivors. Each month she helps facilitate workshops and classes for local survivors.

About 50 survivors will display work they've created with Aubrey at "Finding Our Voices: Arts Extravaganza," an event that also features local poets, performers and musicians.

It's Friday at Cottonwood Center for the Arts.

"We have so much artistic talent in this community, but very few people talking about the healing power of art," Aubrey says.

"There are many adult survivors of sexual abuse who have not had therapy and have tried to deal with it with denial, drugs, eating disorders, and I wish there were 20 organizations in town promoting the healing capacity and potential of creative endeavor."

Jennifer Mulson, THE GAZETTE, 636-0270, jen.mulson@gazette.com

Kim Hill - 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 Colorado Highway 105, Palmer Lake, $15-$20; 481-0475, trilakesarts.org.

"Shantala: An Evening of Sacred Chant" - 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Manitou Bindu, 513 Manitou Ave., in Manitou Art Center, Manitou Springs, $15-$20; 444-1012, manitoubindu.com.

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