The September speaker for the Coastal Arts Guild luncheon will be Art Therapist Dr. Dian Svendsen. The luncheon will be held on Thursday, September 5th in the second-floor classroom of the Visual Arts Center located in Nye Beach. The event begins at 11:00 and the speaking program starts at 11:30 followed by lunch.
Dr. Svendsen’s presentation will explore the nature of art Therapy, including examples of art created in therapeutic settings. She will also explore the relevance of recent findings of neuroscience to our daily lives and art-making processes.
She has turned to art throughout her life to help her better comprehend herself, others, and the world. Initially she used line drawings to illustrate her poetry, then conte crayon and charcoal to make large images of small sections of nature; all done in the spirit of discovery. At the age of 59 and being a lifelong learner, she earned a fourth graduate degree enabling her to change careers and become an Art Therapy Counselor. In this new capacity, she used art to help others address mental health issues in the inpatient psychiatric unit at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis, as well as in private practice.
Retired now, she focuses on her own art, which is heavily influenced by her cross-cultural experiences, love of animals, and spirit of discovery. She moved from Maryland to the Philomath area 25 years ago and currently lives in Newport and Philomath with her spouse, Mark, and two large canines, Viggo and Rosie.
For additional information and an invitation to attend CAG’s luncheon, call Mary Holt at 541-765-4599. Seating is limited. There is a suggested donation of $10 for non-members. Holt can also provide information about the Coastal Arts Guild, a volunteer program that staffs the Visual Arts Center.