The art(s) of reducing stress
Science has just proven that perceived stress adds to the aging and disease process. Science also states emphatically that the arts are therapeutic. Doctors have found that if a patient can draw his disease, it aids in the healing process. Your hands are literally extensions from your heart, and can mold clay into vessels and paint your dreams. Voices convey emotion through song and laughter, and your hands can make a guitar gently weep. The eye can capture a moment on film and make you shiver with memory. The arts heal the heart through a cascade of self-expression tantamount to human survival and well-being.Science notes that as adults we spend very little time in a fully imaginative state that is found to be so very regenerative and nurturing. So, with all this evidence, what are you waiting for? Pick an art and just do it for your health. Learn to enhance your creativity through a class at the Center for the Arts in Glenwood Springs. We have added the culinary arts to our program. With the dance and movement arts, fine arts, music, clay arts and silversmithing, we have it pretty well covered when it comes to art therapy. Express your artistic wildness at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts; registration begins Dec. 15. Give yourself or someone you love a gift certificate for a class. Dance class students will perform in Dancers Dancing and Cabaret Night when the stage comes alive with people just like you expressing their wild sides. If your artistic talents aren’t becoming to you, you should be coming to us. Doing things that make you happy, spending time with friends, doing something for someone else and taking time for yourself all reduce the effects of holiday stress! So join us for the artists reception for the “Gifts” exhibit – and holiday sale and party – at 6 p.m. Friday. There are many exquisite offerings, such as jewelry, textile arts, miniature paintings, holiday handbags, pastels, oils and photographs made especially for you. A silent auction full of little goodies and the sense of comfort that community brings this time of year will be sure to soothe your inner Santa. So come immerse yourselves and enjoy art for the giving. Enjoy holiday foods, music and libations!Sinda Wood is program assistant for the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. Call the center at (970) 945-2414 for applications, tickets or information.Sinda Wood is program assistant for the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. Call the center at (970) 945-2414 for applications, tickets or information.
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