Same Blog, New Name!

I am excited to announce that this art therapy blog will be changing over to: 
www.arttherapyspot.com within the next few days. 

You can still access the blog easily by going to my art site at: www.sararoizen.com and clicking on “Art Therapy Blog” on the top of the page. Or, you will be able to go directly to my art therapy blog at the new website address.

I figured it was time to rename the art therapy blog with an easy to remember name, since (let’s face it), not everyone gets the spelling of my last name “Roizen” on the first try 🙂

I will send out another post once the site name has changed over. So keep a look out! If you are currently subscribed to my blog at: http://blog.sararoizen.com/ be sure to switch to the new address once I send out the link.

Thanks so much for your continued support and interest in my blog. I look forward to sharing many new posts with you!

 

Cover of Adoption Constellation Magazine


I’m very excited to share that one of my paintings titled “City Spirits” is featured on the cover of the upcoming issue of Adoption Constellation Magazine!

The Adoption Constellation Magazine explores adoption from different perspectives and features unique stories and articles from the adoption community.

I feel very honored to be a part of this issue, in such a wonderful magazine:)

Vital Signs ~ Pratt Creative Arts Therapy Show



On Friday April 2nd, 2010 the Pratt Creative Arts Therapy Department is proud to present “Vital Signs.” The show is inspired by our experiences as art and dance therapists, and the creative ways that we find for self-care and nurturing in this challenging and exciting field. Please come by and celebrate with us at our opening!

Location: Pratt Manhattan – 2nd and 7th floor galleries
144 W. 14th Street
(btwn 6th & 7th Ave)

Opening Reception: 6-9pm

See you there:)

4 More New Paintings





Here are 4 more new paintings – all acrylic and mixed media on canvas and measuring 18in x 24in. They are textured and consist of layer upon layer of color. They’re very different from the last paintings I posted, but they all come from the same person:) Enjoy!

New Paintings


















Here are some of my latest paintings from a series that seemed to manifest out of the blue…they are very different in style from some of my other abstract paintings and they contain a figurative element (they can also be found in the “Figurative Gallery” on my site). Please enjoy!

New Paintings


















This summer has been a very productive one for me in the studio…despite the heat (and the fact that our AC doesn’t quite reach there) I’ve been painting almost daily. I’ve been working more on my “sandstone series” and have also been doing a lot of palette knife painting. There is something so satisfying and energy generating about applying paint and thick pastes with a palette knife! Each stroke brings about unexpected splashes of color and textures to be explored. Here are some pictures of my latest work – all created over the summer months…

p.s. I’ve also added these images to my galleries: To see even more new work look under the “Abstract, Sandstone Series, and Earth Windows” Galleries:) As always, just click on the image to see a larger more detailed version if it…

Surf Astoria Cafe


Today I’m bringing one of my paintings titled “Floating Flowers” over to a new coffee shop and internet cafe called Surf Astoria. I really love their mission statement:

“Surf Astoria lives to nurture the local community, and consistently strives to be not only a neighborhood gathering place but a dynamic venue for where you can nourish your mind and body. We believe a café exists to not only offer you comfort but engage you, and through our homemade treats and custom blends cutting-edge internet PCs, technical & creative services, and “come-as-you-are” demeanor, we offer a Euro-style café experience and artist collective where we hope to inform and entertain you and your friends.

We are writers, poets, filmmakers, photographers, painters, musicians, actors, DJs, comedians, designers, artists, and your neighbors. We invite other local artists to approach us with any and all creative musings, maybe you’d like to use some of our space to showcase or sell your paintings, sketches, photographs, tickets, music, books, foodstuffs, films or anything else you can dream up. Or maybe you just want another set of eyes to look over the masterpiece you poured your soul into. Either way, we’re here every day, from 10 AM until 10 PM. Just drop by!”

http://surfastoria.com/home.htm

This is exactly the sort of alternative art and networking venue that we need more of! I’m excited to be a part of this community…stop by if you are in Astoria!

Leaving for Boston today!

The time has really flown and I am hopping on a bus to head to Boston for Artsbridge today! I plan to update this blog on my experiences while there as much as possible…Below is a painting of mine titled “Moving Horizon.” I thought it was an appropriate image to share as I move into this adventure.

Artsbridge

This summer I will be an art instructor in a three week intensive program in Boston called Artsbridge. I am incredibly excited and honored to be a part of this program and will be updating my blog regularly over the summer as the experiences there unfold…so keep checking back! Below is a description of the program, courtesy of their site at:

http://artsbridgeinstitute.org/
(image to left: from last summer’s program)

The mission of Artsbridge, Inc. is to provide a safe environment, which cultivates creativity, voice, respectful listening and dialogue in order to empower today’s youth to become leaders in the quest for peace in and between their own communities.

For generations, children on both sides of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict have witnesses and suffered trauma. Though most have never met their Israeli or Palestinian counterpart, they have come to see “each other” as “the enemy.” There is no trust, and no sense of understanding for the lived experiences of the other. For many Palestinian and Israeli youth, there is difficulty imagining a future that includes peace and coexistence with their neighbors. As hard as it is to imagine peace and coexistence, it is even harder for them to recognize they have potential to bring about positive change in their environment and their future.Israeli and Palestinian youth who participate in Artsbridge will discover a process that facilitates the safe expression of their desires and fears. Through Artsbridge these youth will be introduced to the tools that can help then envision the prospect of a future which includes peaceful coexistence. They will learn to see themselves as creative, empowered individuals with the ability to work towards affecting positive changes in their environment, while developing leadership skills that will help them empower others.

The Artsbridge Approach

In order to make a lasting impact on its participants, Artsbridge uses a holistic approach unique among Israeli-Palestinian educational programs. Artsbridge integrates expressive arts therapy, dialogue and art making. The therapeutic component enables participants to articulate and process their own trauma. Through a reflective dialogue model they learn to hear, understand and honor the experiences of those who live on the other side of the conflict. Through art making they find common ground, work cooperatively and create something new and positive together.The Artsbridge staff are art therapists, artists and psychologists who have experience working with youth from many walks of life. They also represent various sides of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
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Viking Mountain Funeral Exhibition

I will be participating in a group show called “Viking Mountain Funeral.” The title makes you kinda curious doesn’t it? 🙂

Saturday June 6th, 6pm-12am
DJ’s, performances, bands, & refreshments

Sunday June 7th 12pm-7pm
Open Studios in the area

It should be an interesting show…see the attached flyer to the left for more details!