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Portraits of Our Self and Others

Intimate Conversations We Have with Our Self

As a child of eight enrolled in adult art classes, my driving ambition was learning how to "do" a human face. Even at that young age, I was conscious of the time we took to "read" the faces of others for the telling signs of warning, love, hostility or kindness. Instead, I was charged with duplicating stale landscapes, tired arrangements of flowers and fruit and one besotted Cocker Spaniel with the longest, curliest ears I had ever seen. Reproduced in charcoal, it lacked all the qualities of life displayed by my dog at home. It seemed as if it would take forever to get to faces (it did!) so in despair, I began my own clandestine series of "faces" which persisted in seclusion all through the years of my life. They would occasionally emerge from hiding and bring forth new meaning to the past. Many times they served as therapy in the gathering storms of grief and would emerge unbidden in full force: "My Mother Myself" "My Sister Myself." Sent as messengers to help rescue me from the depth of mourning . . . Others speak to me in profound silence, marking the journey through life.

Image 14, My Mother, My Self

Within each of us lurks an artist waiting to be invited to participate in the process of creativity. Fun-filled Ateliers will introduce students and faculty to the visual arts as an oasis for creativity enhancement and stress management. The concept is based on research which state that we remember 20% of what we hear, 40% of what we hear and see, but 75% of what we hear, see and do. In other words, people of all ages learn best when they actively participate in learning, are challenged and have fun in the process. Within moments, the healing dimension of art is revealed and stress reduction is palpable.

-- Mary Anne Bartley

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My Mother, My Self
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Self-Portrait
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My Sister, My Self
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Self-Portrait
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