Art with Heart

Community Artists Supporting
Grieving Children & Teens

Art with Heart

The Garden: A Center for Grieving Children and Teens – a program of Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice proudly presents Art with Heart. Local artists will work with grieving kids ages 5-18 from across western Mass. and make Art with Heart. We believe in reinforcing the connection between the head, heart, and hand to help people express their feelings around grief.

The artwork made in this unique program will serve as a “container” for one’s feelings that arise. Artists will lead small-group sessions teaching kids their art medium.

All artwork created will be shown throughout western Massachusetts, beginning in July, in different venues throughout 2022 and 2023. Please see the schedule below and check back regularly as we hope to add more exhibit locations throughout the year.

Calendar of our Exhibits and Receptions

Bombyx Center for Arts & Equity, 130 Pine Street, Northampton – July 2022 with a reception on Wednesday, July 20, 6 pm

Westhampton Public Library, 1 North Road, Westhampton – August 2022

Hampshire Regional YMCA, 286 Prospect Street, Northampton – September 2022

Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley Street, Northampton – October 2022

South Hadley Public Library, 2 Canal Street, South Hadley – November and December 2022

Art Galleries of Cooley Dickinson, 30 Locust Street, Northampton – January and February 2023

Sunderland Public Library, 20 School Street, Sunderland – March 2023

The Elusie Gallery, 43 Main Street, Easthampton – April 2023

Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley Street, Northampton – June 2023

 

To get involved with Art with Heart, or learn more please contact Shelly Bathe Lenn at 413-727-5749 or by email at slenn@cooleydickinson.org

 

Meet our Artists

Christine Southworth

Christine Southworth has been a nurse for over 25 years and found that creative play with expressive arts can be the best medicine for enhancing emotional and physical wellbeing. In 2011, she discovered Salve Regina University’s Expressive Arts Institute and saw a way to combine her passion for wellness with expressive art to help people relax and heal and also process her own grieving. She has a nursing degree from Holyoke Community College and earned a degree in Health and Wellness Promotion from UMASS. She obtained a graduate certificate in the Practical Applications for Expressive and Creative Arts from Salve Regina University and completed a summer intensive at the University of Buffalo in Arts in Healthcare.
Some of her clients include; Mass Housing and Hartford Hospital’s Arts for Healing program. She has done workshops for Rick’s Place, The Garden, The Cancer Connection, and The Cancer House for Hope. She also has a studio in Southampton where she creates playful, creative workshops for individuals and groups.

 

Omarthan Clarke

Omarthan Clarke is the Assistant Director for Diversity, Inclusion, and Equal Opportunity at Worcester State University and Founder of Clarke Services, LLC. Clarke Services is an arts and advocacy firm which focuses on utilizing critical creative measures to address targeted goals for individual and communal transformation. As an artist, educator and consultant, Omarthan produces artwork that fosters discourse through an emphasis on counter-narratives and culture. Passionate about uplift and social justice, he also serves as an anti-bias workshop facilitator for the Anti-Defamation League, and has facilitated Touchstone Journey programming through A Window Between Worlds with youth and adults nation-wide.

Barbara Neulinger

Barbara is a painter, color consultant, and art educator. She grew up in Queens, NY, and earned her BS from Skidmore College and her MFA in painting from Indiana University. She has exhibited internationally, nationally, and locally. Barbara has taught art at the college level and led classes and workshops for adults. As the Art Teacher at the Montessori School of Northampton, she teaches art to toddlers through middle school students. As a Color Consultant, Barbara works with clients to help them find beautiful color solutions for their homes and places of work.

 

 

Frankie Borrero

Frankie Borrero suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2013 that turned his life upside down but resulted in rekindling a desire to create deeply personal and compelling artworks. Frankie grew up in a difficult household and as a child used art as a means of escape. Although he was talented in art he pursued dentistry and trained in his academic career. All this changed in 2015 when he was involved in an accident that resulted in a coma and being placed on life support. He’s been told by numerous neurologists that his steady and enhanced creativity since the accident is nothing short of miraculous. He still struggles with memory retention and coordination due to the right side of the brain but works incredibly hard to move forward. Frankie is grateful for the second chance he’s been given to produce artwork alongside his family and friends.

 

 

 

Thank You Sponsors!

The Garden: A Center for Grieving Children and Teens and Art with Heart is free for participants and funded entirely through the generosity of our community.  We are very grateful to the following sponsors for making Art with Heart possible:

Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts

Ms. Ruth Griggs

Greenfield Savings Bank

MBS Advisors

Marilyn Richards

Friends of Cooley Dickinson

The Benjamin Company

Big Red Frame

Trader Joe’s Hadley

We would also like to extend a thank you to our venue partners:

BOMBYX Center for Arts & Equity

Westhampton Public Library

Northampton Center for the Arts

South Hadley Public Library

Cooley Dickinson Art Galleries

The Elusie Gallery

Hampshire Regional YMCA

Sunderland Public Library

Northampton Area Pediatrics