Expressions of Hope 2012: Clients’ Artwork on Display in Annual Calendar
“Expressions of Hope,” the 2012 art calendar featuring paintings by consumers of AspenPointe, is now available online.
The artwork is creating as part of the organization’s creative expression programs, which help adults as well as children cope with a variety of ailments. This year’s calendar also includes the artwork of wounded soldiers from Fort Carson, who take classes through a collaboration with the Fine Arts Center of Colorado Springs.
All proceeds from the sales will go back to the art therapy programs and help with the purchase of supplies.
“Sometimes people associate mental illness with crazy ideas; treat it as a negative,” says art therapist Kim Nguyen. “But (the clients) are full of creativity and an abundance of beauty. With the right direction, they can flourish.”
Such was the case with Tisha Gutierrez. For several years, she battled the stigma and denied herself treatment out of fear of retribution and losing her four children. After a nervous breakdown in 2004, Gutierrez started treatment at AspenPointe and one of her most effective treatments is paint and canvas.
“Once I get it out on the canvas, it’s not trapped,” she says. “It’s put on the wall and not stored away in my mind.”
Gutierrez’s work is again featured in the 2012 calendar. It can be purchased here.
For more information about the art therapy and other AspenPointe programs, contact Nguyen at
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