TRUCKEE, Calif. — Two community art workshops recently hosted by visiting Australian Artist Jhana Bowen and local Artist Gail Holbrook took place at Kindred Art & Folk Institute in Truckee.
Both workshops built bridges connecting children, adults, business organizations and people affected by isolation and depression in Tahoe Forest Hospital.
Children enjoyed a Catalyzing Creativity Playshop which involved kid’s yoga, origami, story telling, painting, drawing and playing. The name playshop was born because creativity functions best in play. Youths also took part in a collaborative-painting filmed for a local TV show, All About Art, produced by Nina Ski for T.T.C.T.V., Channel 6.
Numerous art materials generously donated by OfficeBoss, Ace Hardware and All about Art were used for the collaborative painting session guided by artist Jhana Bowen. Eight children plus Kindred director Nicole Ashton Martin and Nina Ski finger-painted two large paintings together with Jhana. These were later completed by Jhana and Gail with oil paints, gold leaf, silver leaf and The Liquid Crystals. Gail said “The Liquid Crystals are used to amplify the frequency of unconditional love.”
The paintings were donated to Kindred and All About Art in acknowledgment of their support for young and emerging artists.
At the Catalyzing Creativity Playshop, children heard a true story. The story was of a little girl who met an old man who later became sick and went to the hospital. Before he went, she had promised him she would paint him a picture everyday. While in the hospital he had no visitors, yet he received his paintings every day. When he came out he thanked the little girl and told her the paintings saved his life. The story showed the difference heartfelt gestures can make. Afterward, the children, visibly touched by the story, painted many small canvasses and later donated them personally to patients in the extended care at Tahoe Forest Hospital.
An elderly gentleman was so visibly moved by the gift he began crying. He said, “No one has ever done anything like this for me.”
For both the children and the patients in the hospital, art was the vehicle that helped to change lives. It touched hearts through random acts of kindness and love.
Gail Holbrook said, “Everyone has a passionate expression that wants to be shared from deep within their souls, we help people find a way to create this.”
Together with Jhana, Gail actively continues to build bridges within communities through art and creative means.
Find out more about them on Facebook at Integral Arts and Expressions of Gaia. Stay tuned for the upcoming show on Totally Exposed “All About Art” on Truckee’s local TV station, Channel 6.
Jhana Bowen and Gail Holbrook extend deep gratitude to The OfficeBoss, Ace Mountain Hardware, Nina Ski with All about Art, and Nicole Martin with Kindred Art and Folk Institute and everyone who participated in the creations.