(Nova Southeastern University Occupational Therapy Program)
We wish to thank Nova's Occupational Therapy students for their wonderful final project. The project focused on 9Muses members in an Adaptive Response activity to help familiarize them with special techniques for continuing recovery.
Students: Kiera Linton, Anna Kreger, Devir Galindo, Emily Janson
The Artwork of Skip Gauvreau
In his own words:
In spite of having been born into a traumatic environment, I survived. When Therapists gave me no hope, I forged on. I lived most of my life in darkness but held onto my faith to pull me through the worst times. By isolating myself, very few people knew that I struggled with depression, social anxiety and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).
Whimsical worlds – Witty Words
Ask a member of 9Muses about John Ware, the answers are pretty much unanimous. He is intelligent, uniquely creative and a man with a wide range of knowledge. He is also quiet, polite, and kind.
What his friends have expressed about him, can be seen in John Wares’ art as well. But there is also a sense of playfulness. There is play in the scale of the images. The words also play with each scene. Sometimes in relationship, and sometimes it does not relate at all, and sometimes he is commenting to you, the observer. In Memory of our friend John Ware.
HOPE (Human Occupation through People’s Environments)
HOPE; A mural blended in mixed media was presented by Occupational Therapy students from South University. The mural represents the eight occupations of human life. Depicted are the instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs), work, education, sleep, relaxation, social participation, leisure, and finally play. If you look closely at this mural exhibits all eight occupations.
(view slideshow for project start to finish)
Celebrating the work of artist Violet King
Dwight and Paul Williams traveled to Lauderhill, FL from Detroit with videographer Sascha Rybinski of GoodTastic Films to interview 9Muses member Violet King for a documentary on PBS. Violet King's paintings were found by Dwight Williams in his newly purchased storage unit. He loved the paintings so much, he has been promoting Violet's artwork ever since. From left: Paul Williams, Dwight Williams, Sascha Rybinski, Violet King (bottom)
A "Roast and Toast"
Violet King is one of 9Muses Art Center's earliest and most prolific members. Her style ranges from realistic to abstract and everything in between, and she uses a variety of media including pencil, ink, acrylic, oil, watercolor, and many times a mixture of two or more. Despite being so broad in her approach to art, Violet's work is almost always easy to identify as hers due to her distinctive manner of painting and drawing.
“Little Gems” exhibit by Shane Jefferson
Shane began to draw at the age of 5. The first instruction he received, along with lots of encouragement, was from his mother. Later on in school, it was his favorite subject and he's been drawing ever since.
This event was a huge success! Shane has been attending 9Muses for many years. HIs subject matter is mostly inanimate objects, like vehicles and dwellings. In many of these pieces, you’ll notice the subject matter has been cropped in interesting ways to draw the viewer in for a closer look.
Playing With A Full Deck
9Muses is featuring "Playing with a Full Deck" playing cards. Each card is an work of art created by its members. Cards sell for $10.00 a deck and proceeds benefit the Mental Health Association of Southeast Florida..
Thank you... Korean United Methodist Church
On behalf of the Mental Health Association of Southeast Florida and the 9Muses Art Center, I thank you, The Korean United Methodist Church of South Florida for your continued support and encouragement as we work to achieve mental wellness for everyone. We have enjoyed a great relationship over the past 16 years with the Church and its members from the picnics to the annual concert.
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