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Healing Through Art – Exhibit to Support The Art Station {Video}

10/20/2015
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Therapists at The Art Station have assisted 7,000 children, teens and adults in finding a visual language to aid self-expression and healing.

It’s not about creating a better picture. It’s about making a better life.

At The Art Station, words don’t get in the way of healing.

The Art Station will host “Public Figures, Private Artists,” a unique exhibit, auction and fundraiser from Oct. 22 in Fort Worth. Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is a sponsor of the event.

Here’s just one example of how The Art Station has helped people:

When she first came to The Art Station, Mary painted a picture, which she said was a rainbow. Almost completely filled with dark black and a small area of blue, the painting reflected how she was experiencing life.

Mary completed the five paintings over a nine-month period of time during art therapy sessions. The use of dark black, gray and brown colors diminished and more lighter, brighter colors emerged.

And so did healing.

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“When people are unable to find the words to describe something difficult, art therapy provides a visual language to express anxiety, trauma, developmental delays, grief, behavior issues and life challenges,” said Peggy Marshall, CEO of The Art Station. The only nonprofit, art-based therapy program of its kind in North Texas, The Art Station serves children, teens and adults who need assistance dealing with any number of life events.

The Art Station also has an innovative program for returning veterans experiencing difficulty with the transition to civilian life. Through art therapy, memories of tragedy and trauma experienced in the war zone are processed and released through artistic endeavors. According to a study conducted by Concordia University, veterans who engaged in art therapy found that the visual language of creativity offered benefits and insights that often exceeded those of traditional therapies—such as an alternative form of expression and an increase in positive emotions.

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Since its founding more than 10 years ago, The Art Station has served more than 7,000 people—regardless of their ability to pay—and has an ongoing wait list of people looking to join the program.

For more information or to offer financial support, visit theartstation.org.

President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with offices in Dallas, Fort Worth, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake.

 

 

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