NORMAN, OK – The Firehouse Art Center Gallery will feature the work of participants in the Firehouse’s Healing Studio program October 18-30.  A reception will be held on October 22 from 4:00-6:00 p.m.  The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.  The gallery is open to the public Monday – Friday from 9:30-5:30, and Saturday from 10:00-4:00.

 

The Healing Studio is a program designed to educate and train adults with learning differences in the use of the arts to enhance the healing process, to promote art and creativity as catalysts for developing healthy lifestyles.  The Healing Studio is free for its participants, and relies on a grant from the Norman Arts Council, Oklahoma Arts Council, donations and the Firehouse for its material supplies. 

 

“We get a diverse group of people that come to the Healing Studio for various reasons, but the best thing we get out of it is a lot of laughter, which is the best medicine,” said Jane Lawson, Firehouse Art Center faculty member.  Lawson is the teaching instructor for the Healing Studio, and has been assisted by intern Britni Hardin and assistant Brittany Dray. 

 

A poem by Brittany Dray, which artfully describes the Healing Studio’s purpose, appears on the wall in the gallery.  The poem says:

 

Healing is fragmentation…

Walking through life; it is daily innovation. 

Day by day comes piece by piece, 

A slow process, where pain may eventually cease. 

If you see yourself as a damaged tree

With friends as the gardeners helping you be

Then perhaps you’ll find not your own branches grown back from the dead…

You find the hands of others supporting as limbs instead.

 

The Firehouse Art Center is funded in part by select grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council, Norman Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the City of Norman Parks and Recreation Department, as well as a corporate sponsorship from Republic Bank and Trust.  Memberships to the Firehouse Art Center are available by calling 329-4523.  

 

For additional information about the gallery exhibit or the Firehouse Art Center, call 329-4523 or visit www.normanfirehouse.com.

 

ABOUT THE NORMAN FIREHOUSE ART CENTER – The Norman Firehouse Art Center, Inc. is a non-profit organization that serves Norman and surrounding communities by offering visual art classes for students of all ages, as well as gallery exhibitions of the highest quality. 

 

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CONTACT:

Jennifer Skinner

Firehouse Art Center

Phone: (405) 366-2208

Fax: (405) 292-9763

jennifer@normanfirehouse.com

www.normanfirehouse.com