There are times in all our lives, where we reach a turning point.
These turning points can come in moment of great joy, but often they come at darker times – times of stress, confusion, pain or grief. The women who come to our domestic violence shelter are all facing uncertainties and fears, and the memories of past trauma. During these times, talking about experiences, hopes and dreams can be healing. But sometimes, speaking the words can be stressful in and of itself.
Tri-Valley Haven has an Art for Healing program at our domestic violence shelter. Every Wednesday evening, the women in residence gather together for an hour of art, music, and healing. The projects we do can vary from classical art techniques like watercolor, to mixed media like collage, and to the more light-hearted like using Shrinky Dinks (did you do those as a child?), beads, clay and other creative outlets.
During the whole month of December, over 80 pieces of artwork created in this program are on display at the Livermore Public Library, at 1188 South Livermore Avenue, just off the cafe. If you are in the area, we urge you to take the time to drop by and see these in person (and I can assure you that the coffee at the cafe is really good – we had some while we were setting up!). In addition to the artwork, there is more information about our programs and about the art projects themselves. I think you will be moved by what you see.
If you live farther away, I want to share with you a few pieces of work from the exhibit, and also to share with you some quotes by women who participated in our program.
If you would like to help support this program, donations of new art supplies are greatly appreciated and very useful. Please call (925) 449-5845 if you’d be interested in helping to keep the program going. You would be changing lives for the better.
A Source of Strength and Courage – Collage and mixed media.